Students and job-seekers will have an opportunity to connect with a wide range of employers Wednesday, April 26, at the 2017 Career and Internship Fair. The fair, co-sponsored by Saint Martin’s University and The Evergreen State College, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The fair welcomes students, alumni and the public. Admission is free.
Saint Martin’s established the event almost 30 years ago, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the area’s two four-year schools, says Ann Adams, associate dean of students and the University’s director of career development.
“The Career Fair is a signature event for our students and the local community. It provides the opportunity for job-seekers to meet potential employers and graduate school recruiters to learn about exciting career fields,” says Adams. “We are pleased that this tradition continues to provide people in our area a way to connect with career opportunities.”
This year’s Career and Internship Fair will feature more than 110 employers from private industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Some will be conducting on-site interviews for full-time, part-time and summer positions, and all will be there to share general information about their organization. Many also have positions that do not require a degree, Adams said.
The event also draws graduate program representatives from several colleges and universities.
Adams recommends that job-seekers come prepared by wearing appropriate business attire, bringing multiple copies of resumes and brushing up on interview skills in advance.
Even for those who are not seeking immediate employment, the fair provides a great opportunity to gather information for future internships and jobs, as well as expand their network of contacts, Adams says.
Adams says that Saint Martin’s alumni and students play a key role in the event. The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association is a fair sponsor and has a display there. About 20 University alumni will represent their organizations and businesses, while other alumni will be on hand to help people navigate the large event.
The Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University, too, is a fair sponsor, and many of the University’s students fill volunteer roles that include greeting recruiters and helping them with their displays, she says.
Other sponsors for this year’s fair are Bon Appétit, American Workforce Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Capitol City Press, CHI Franciscan Health, Evergreen Fire and Security, Pacific Lutheran University, Skillings Connolly Inc., Visiting Angels and Washington National Guard.
For more information about Career and Internship Fair 2017, go to www.stmartin.edu/careercenter and click on “career fairs.” Questions about the fair also can be directed to Ann Adams, associate dean of students and director of career development, 360-486-8842; [email protected]