Career Center to host virtual career fairs

Students can expect to meet with more than 200 employers to discuss internships and full-time job opportunities between two upcoming virtual career fairs at Indiana State University.

The Career Center will host the Virtual All Majors Job and Internship Career Fair 12-4 p.m. on Feb. 17 and the Virtual Health and Social Services Career Fair 12-4 p.m. on Feb. 24. Both fairs are on the career services platform Handshake and can be attended by using a computer or phone. Students can sign up for one-on-one and group sessions on Handshake, which is accessible through MyISU.

“We host career fairs to provide students with the opportunity to meet with well-known companies as well as companies they have never heard of,” said Career Center Executive Director Tradara McLaurine.  “The job search process is a daunting task, but we are truly here to help make it better for Sycamores.”

“If you are not looking for an internship and/or job this semester, still attend the fair. The career fair also serves as a great networking opportunity.”

Students who have attended previous career fairs say the experience helped them land internships. “I first heard about Valeo Financial Advisors from going to the career fair and meeting with Audra Ames who is an ISU alum,” MaKenzie Quissell, a finance major who attended a recent virtual career fair, said. “From there, I emailed Valeo and applied for the internship. Then on the interview, I was able to say I heard about Valeo through the career fair at Indiana State, as well as doing my personal research on the company and preparation.”

Another student, insurance and risk management major Noah Heim, said attending career fairs has so far helped him obtain two internships.  “At the career fair, I was able to make a good impression with the companies and that impression was remembered during my application and interview process.”

“I would encourage any student who is looking for an internship or a job to attend because the career fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet potential employers. Often potential employers are just as excited to meet prospective talent as you are to meet them.”

Employers attending the career fairs represent a wide range of industries. They are looking for well-rounded, energetic, problem solvers from all majors. Several graduate programs will also be in attendance including Indiana State’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Students are encouraged to sign up in advance for one-on-one and group sessions through Handshake. They are still able to sign up for sessions the day of and during the virtual career fairs but session availability will be limited.