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Students, Employers Connect at 4th Annual Career Fair
A student speaks with an employer during the 4th annual Career and Internship Fair in the Student Life Center.

Brookdale students of all majors and experience levels were able to get a head start on their career goals March 30 during Brookdale’s 4th annual Career and Internship Fair, held during College Hour in the Student Life Center.

The event, hosted by the office of Career and Leadership Development, brought together more than 30 area employers from a wide range of industries, all of whom are looking to hire qualified college students.

Attendees were able to meet with company representatives, submit their resume and apply for open positions, while collecting business cards from local professionals and expanding their personal network.

“Internships and other co-curricular career opportunities are vital tools for today’s college student,” said Career and Leadership Development director Sarah McElroy.

“They allow students to develop skills and gain experience in their field of study, while building a valuable professional network that could serve them for years to come. Ideally we’d encourage all second-year students to pursue an internship, and this career fair provides a convenient opportunity for them to explore their options.”

Students speak with area employers during the 4th annual Career and Internship Fair on March 30.

Students speak with area employers during the 4th annual Career and Internship Fair on March 30.

From finance and health care to government and hospitality, the Career and Internship Fair offered something for everyone.

Large employers like State Farm Insurance, Nordstrom and Six Flags were represented alongside local organizations like DeGroat Industrial Group, Grace Healthcare Services, the Monmouth County Parks System and United Teletech Financial, which has a nearby office in Tinton Falls.

“Today we’re actually looking for part-time employees, and we think Brookdale students would be ideal,” said Jessica Muller, human resources generalist for United Teletech Financial. “We’re located close to campus and we offer a flexible work schedule, allowing students to plan around their class schedule for the semester. I’ve met quite a few students here today and they all seem very eager and excited, which is what we are looking for in our employees.”

For second-year information technology major Elijah Whittaker, the Career and Internship Fair was a productive way to spend an afternoon.

“It’s great,” said Whittaker, of Neptune. “I spoke with a few representatives, got a few business cards and I had a really good discussion regarding a consultant position with a local solar company. An event like this is very valuable, in my opinion. It’s an easy way to make connections without the all the pressure of a formal interview.”

Learn more about Brookdale’s career and internship services and check out upcoming campus events by visiting the Career and Leadership Development webpage

Check out more photos of the 4th annual Career and Internship Fair here