Career fair showcases opportunities for students
Students had the chance to browse and apply for jobs at the Spring Career Fair held in the Union Ballroom on Tuesday.
Valery Pozo, one of the career counselors in charge of the fair, said it was geared toward upper division students, graduating seniors and alumni looking for internships and jobs in science, business, technology, engineering, humanities and social sciences.
“These are companies looking for students who are going to have their degree soon or who are looking for that kind of professional-geared internship,” Pozo said. “They’re here to recruit and get as many candidates into actual employees.”
Sarah Flint, a senior in new media communication and journalism, said she hopes to land a long-term job.
“I’m here to look at opportunities and to see what companies can offer,” Flint said. “The fair is very useful. I’m really glad they’re doing this for students.”
Ancestry.com, an online family history company that attends career fairs regularly, receives about 10 to 15 applicants at each event, a company representative said. Last year, the company hired students from UVU and BYU.
“We are trying to diversify our workforce,” the representative said. “We are investing more in the University of Utah and will be making more of a presence here.”
About 120 companies were represented at Tuesday’s fair, and an average of 900 students attend each fair.
“We’ve had a lot of student traffic this year, so those numbers could easily change,” Pozo said.
The U hosts multiple career fairs throughout the year. The next career fair on Thursday will be geared toward students who are looking for summer jobs on and off campus, she said.
“We certainly get employers to come here, select candidates and hire them, which is great for students,” Pozo said.
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