CU Denver’s fall Internship and Job Fair drew an unprecedented number of employers, requiring Career Center staff to create a waiting list and open a second room to accommodate interested companies. Over 90 employers registered for the fair—more than double from just two years ago.
“I’ve never seen these numbers,” said Sarah Trzeciak, CU Denver Career Center director. “We’re extremely excited about this.”
Tesla Motors, Apple, Wells Fargo, COUNTRY Financial and Denver Public Schools were among the employers hoping to recruit new talent for their organizations, with many local, national and international employers in attendance.
“Employers are coming to CU Denver in record numbers to recruit students,” Trzeciak said. “Our students are wanted. Their skills are wanted.”
The fair, which is open to the public, also received a boost in attendance, with more than 650 people attending—an increase of over 200 from previous years.
“Students need to get in front of recruiters and get their faces known,” Trzeciak said. “Even if they’re not ready to accept a job offer right now, they still need to go in order to make connections. The rest of the semester is spent fostering those connections. It’s a process.”
Lillian Moring, a junior chemistry major, attended to secure a part-time job or internship for summer 2016. Even as a student she is all too aware of the importance of coupling a degree with real-world experience.
“Having previously worked in a lab I can see how experience can give a better understanding of what you’re learning in school,” Moring said. “You can say you have skills versus knowledge.”
Alexander Krcmarik, a junior finance and risk management major, attended to connect with recruiters and lay groundwork for a future career. He checked the list of attending employers in advance and had a plan to meet with specific firms.
“A lot of the firms I am trying to work for start targeting their prospective students when they have a year left in our program,” Krcmarik said. “I thought the fair would be a good way to connect with local firms who are looking for someone with my skillset.
To help students prepare for the Internship and Job Fair, the Career Center offers workshops on building resumes, one-on-one appointments, and Quick Tip Hours where students can ask questions and receive help on networking and job research.
The Career Center will host its next Internship and Job Fair early in the spring 2016 semester, giving students plenty of time to follow up with recruiters before end of semester activities.
“It is important that students are intentional rather than reactive in their job and internship searches,” Trzeciak said. “These events enable them to do that.”
Editor’s note: There are several opportunities to recruit CU Denver students for your business or organization. Learn how you can partner with CU Denver’s Career Center.