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Career fair: getting the jobs done

Ryan Sydlik | Thursday, February 2, 2006

The Joyce Center bustled with activity Wednesday as students sought out prospective employers and internships at Notre Dame’s largest ever career fair.

Event organizer Anita Rees said the fair’s more than 160 employers offered everything from accounting to publishing to law enforcement.

“We have companies and organizations for the first time on campus such as Microsoft, Rodale, the Catholic Diocese of Chicago and DHL,” she said.

Lee Svete, the fair’s principal organizer, said the key is there are employers for all majors.

“We have employers like ESPN and Sony,” Svete said. “They don’t recruit on most campuses. They come here because of the quality of our graduates.”

Rees said students left excellent impressions on employers.

“Every career fair I’ve been at for the past seven years has had many companies with a resume drop instead of actual representation,” Rees said. “But now, employers really want face time with Notre Dame students.”

Sophomore RikSan Stephens was grateful of the opportunities presented by the event.

“I am very glad the Career Resource Center gives students the opportunity meet with the companies and to learn more information so that we could hopefully work for them in the future,” Stephens said.

Svete said there were more internship opportunities for underclassmen of all majors than at any other day in campus history.

“I want to get a jumpstart so that I have an advantage as a junior or senior,” said freshman Mark Bond, who attended the fair to investigate internship opportunities.

Stanford freshman Karun Ahuja said the event is a good chance to see how upperclassmen interact with employers.

“It is good to get your feet wet,” he said. “Though you might not land an interview, it is still a great experience just to be here.”

Reebok – which has just completed a merger with Adidas – was one of the companies present at the fair.

“We are here because we felt that student qualifications were exceptional and because we have had developing relations with the University,” Reebok spokesman Mike Sullivan said. “We wanted to try to increase the awareness of the students to Reebok and to the opportunities we have.”

Time Weiss of AmeriCorps, a nonprofit a one-year community service program, said the company was eager to meet “a lot of good potential applicants.”

“Students from Notre Dame are the type of students we look for because of the service ethic that is displayed through the school,” he said.