Job and Internship Fair Nears: Event to Help Students in Struggling Economy

by   Posted on February 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized

Bridget Fox, Broadside Correspondent

Serious job seekers should look no further than George Mason University’s annual job and internship fair. The fair is an opportunity for students to learn about potential careers, check out the competition or even land a position. Employers will be recruiting for every major, and professional dress is essential.

“Our goal is to get a variety of employers to attend the fair,” said James Barricelli, career services assistant director for employer relations.

Because of the economy, some job sectors, like the non-profit industry, are cutting back on salaried employees and searching for non-paid interns.

However, prospects for internships and federal government jobs look to be higher than usual, with the CIA, State Department and the Secret Service represented.

Overall employer involvement has decreased slightly from 2009, falling from 180 to just over 150 attendees.

Students can find information about participating groups and categorize them by major or industry online at

Preparation is key.

“We recommend that all students involved should research employers they are interested in prior to the fair itself,” said Barricelli. “Being able to explain how you can contribute to the company will not only maximize your amount of face time with recruiters, but also makes you stand out to them.”

“It’s great that Mason provides this resource for students,” said junior psychology major John Lee. “It really shows that the school is not just interested in taking our money, but also helping us become successful in the long run.”

For students who are hassled and stressed out about looking for a job, the job and internship fair will provide a unique networking opportunity that every student can take advantage of.

“I wouldn’t be interested in attending the fair,” said Amy Crabtree, a senior English major. “I already have a job, and with that several references that I can use in the future. [However], it is a very good idea for anyone in need of a job in this tough economy.”

“The fair is a great way to present your interest in an organization and gauge your own level of interest with different employers,” said Barricelli. “Over the years, we have received positive feedback from employers that Mason students are prepared to join the workforce, which is wonderful.”

Mason’s job and internship fair will take place Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center. For more information, contact Career Services, located in Room 348 of SUB I.

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