The Academic and Career Planning Center hosted the first spring Career and Internship Fair Thursday. Forty-five businesses showed up to meet students looking for summer jobs, internships and careers.
Megan Lueders, manager of employer relations, said she added the fair in the spring because so many students graduate in May rather than December.
Target, Sanford Health, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the United States Social Security Administration were among the businesses that recruited at the fair.
“There are plenty of jobs to be hired for,” Lueders said.
Wells Fargo recruiter Angela Bitzer said historically they have had good success with University of South Dakota graduates.
“We have a lot of different opportunities,” Bitzer, a USD graduate, said. “We are looking for good customer service experience, and many college graduates have the skills we are looking for.”
Lueders said many businesses contact her with opening and internships – students just need to look for them. She said Thursday’s fair had a good mix of businesses.
“We have a lot of strong employers here today,” Lueders said.
Junior Erica Kuharski has aspirations to start a shelter in Vermillion. She said her goal is to find a full-time job out of college, make money and bring it back to Vermillion.
At the fair, she told the employers what she wants to do for them. She spoke to a few radio stations about internships and talked to a clothing retailer about making sustainable clothing cooler.
“A lot of the fairs have been geared toward medical or the business school,” Kuharski said. “I am glad this one has a variety of businesses.”
The fair was the end of Career Week at USD. The week included lectures that focused on internships, networking and social media. The ACPC also hosted resume critique sessions during lunch in the Muenster University Center.
Lueders said if students were not able to make the sessions advisers in the ACPC would gladly go over resumes. She also sends out a weekly newsletter with positions and internships from businesses in all career fields. Lueders also writes a blog called “How I Met Your Employer,” with job interview and resume tips.
Photo: USD students Tyler Tordsen, far left, Erica Kuharski, center, and Chuck Morrison meet up with possible employers at the ACPC Career and Internship Fair in the MUC. (Michael Geheren/The Volante)