More than 130 Brookdale students and 36 area employers came together in the Student Life Center on March 24 for the third annual Career and Internship Fair, hosted by Brookdale’s Office of Career and Leadership Development.
The event, which capped off four weeks of job-centered programming offered during Brookdale’s annual Career Month, gave students a unique opportunity to learn about potential careers, submit resumes, apply for open positions and expand their professional network.
Representatives from a wide range of local and national employers were on hand to speak with individual students and explain the skills, experience and education required to succeed in their industry.
From industry giants like Prudential, Verizon and Six Flags to area nonprofits like the the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the Monmouth County Historical Association, nearly all of the employers were also seeking qualified interns and job applicants for open positions with their organization.
Two River Times editors Judy O’Gorman Alvarez and Christina Johnson spent the afternoon speaking with Brookdale’s budding student journalists, a number of whom were hoping to hone their chops and gain valuable experience as interns in the Times newsroom.
“There’s no substitute for real experience when it comes to journalism,” Johnson said. “At a paper like ours, we actually offer that to our interns from day one – everything from working in a multifaceted newsroom to going out and covering events and doing breaking news. It’s important for students who want to enter the job market to have this kind of background.
“In the past we have had some success with Brookdale journalism students who came to work for us as interns,” added Johnson. “They went out and did real reporting in the field. They wrote stories and were able to build a portfolio. So we are here today hoping to find some more.”
According to Brookdale photography and journalism major Shamim Tadrisi, those are precisely the kind of opportunities today’s college students are looking for.
“It’s so important to try and build a resume while you are in college,” said Tadrisi, after speaking with representatives from three different news and digital media companies. “Today it is much more than just going to class, attending a lecture and writing an essay. You need that real-world experience. And a good internship is probably the best way to achieve that.
“So this is a really amazing opportunity to have,” Tadrisi added, referring to the career fair. “I’m actually surprised at the amount of options that we have for journalism and photography here. It has definitely been a rewarding experience for me.”
According Brookdale Career Services Directory Sarah McElroy, the career fair was a rewarding experience for the employers involved as well.
“The feedback we received from employers was very positive and showed that our students were well-prepared, professional and had great looking resumes,” McElroy said. “Our students were very engaged and showed confidence in networking with the employers. Career and Leadership Development is proud to host these types of opportunities where students can gain hands-on experience, and we think this event was the perfect way to end Career Month!”
To learn more about career opportunities, campus employment, available internships, leadership development programs and other services offered to Brookdale students, visit the Career and Leadership Development webpage.
Check out more photos from the 3rd annual Career and Internship Fair here.