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Career fair draws 130 companies

Sarah Wheaton | Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Microsoft, Rolls Royce and Capital One are just three of the 130 companies that will make an appearance at today’s career fair in the Joyce Center.

Notre Dame’s annual fall career expo, which will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature a record-high number of companies, including many new ones, said Lee Svete, director of the Career Center. Internship opportunities, as well as full-time jobs, are available.

“We still have our strong investment bank and accounting firms, but now we have more opportunities for all students at Notre Dame who want to get into the business world,” Svete said.

Students with career interests outside of the business world will also find opportunities, due to a “greater diversity of employers this year,” Svete said.

Kirkland & Ellis, a prestigious law firm based in Washington, D.C., will be present for students interested in law. There will also be a number of non-profit organizations present, including Teach for America, which hired 45 Notre Dame graduates last year.

Notre Dame students have a strong record of success in competing for jobs and internships from companies present at the career expo, Svete said. The number of Notre Dame students hired for internships or full-time jobs with Fortune 500 companies was in the high 60s last year, Svete said.

“I’m worried there won’t be enough students for the number of jobs,” Svete said. Employers have already posted more than 450 jobs on GoIrish, an online NACElink recruiting system.

Notre Dame’s career expo compares favorably with other colleges and universities, Svete said.

“For our size of an institution, we’re on the larger scale side,” she said, referring to the number of companies attending.

While gas and energy prices can have an effect on the number of companies attending, Svete said the recent spikes have not yet adversely affected Notre Dame.

Svete recommended that students interested in attending the fair “dress conservatively, on the professional side” and bring copies of their resume. Students are encouraged to research the companies they are interested in before they go to the expo, and a list of all those attending can be found on the Career Center Web site.

“I looked up companies on the Career Center Web site, but I’m going to check out everything there,” said Claire Berezowitz, a senior environmental science and political science major.

Svete also recommended students approach company tables at random, even if they have never heard of the employer. CH Robinson, for example, is a transportation logistics company that has opportunities available for students interested in working in an international firm.

Svete encouraged students of all years to participate, and said the fair gives underclassmen good experience for their later career searches.

Many students are going to the fair with the intention of finding an internship.

“I’m going abroad next semester so it’s really important to look for an internship for this summer now,” said junior political science and marketing major Julie Putnam.

The expo is sponsored by the Career Center and the Mendoza College of Business.

The Engineering Career Fair was held Tuesday.

James Ehlinger, a senior computer engineering major, went to the engineering industry day Tuesday night.

“I focused on three or four companies there but looked at all of them. I’m looking for a full time job for next year,” he said.