We are entering the week of the tent. That means parent’s weekend, fall formal and the Office of Career Counseling’s Internship and Volunteer fair. The latter kicks off our four days of grand celebration with a gathering of 45 local employers. This is the Internship Fair’s third year, and the OCC is proud to announce that their employer selection has nearly doubled. They’ve also partnered with the Office of Community Partnerships to offer us a selection of volunteer opportunities.
On Thursday, November 3, from 12 to 2 pm, the South Lawn will host 66 representatives on the look out for fresh-faced interns and volunteer candidates. Organizations range from behemoth (Bloomingdale’s, Michael Kors, Simon & Schuster) to boutique (non-profit branding agency Big Duck NYC). Whether a particular workplace has struck your fancy or you’re simply bored after eating vegetarian samosas too quickly, the Internship and Volunteer Fair is sure to satisfy your needs.
“It’s a great place to come just for information, even if you haven’t thought of interning. Just come out of curiosity!” Anne Marie Damiani, Associate Director at the OCC, encourages. That said, make sure you’re dressed presentably (read: no pitchforks or Blue Room-esque attire) and, for those who care about getting ahead in life, bring copies of your resume.
If the above stipulations seem unclear, the OCC has planned ahead. Anne Marie and her colleagues, Angela Cherubini and Lindsay Galvin, will make sure your hands don’t tremble when you relinquish your resume at “Beyond the Handshake: How to Prepare for the Internship Fair” (November 1, 2:00, Titsworth).
In general, it’s a good idea to click through the businesses and volunteer organizations that will be present at the fair, just in case you become infatuated at first sight. Then, do some research and impress your potential boss. Ask the Faster Times rep about their rooftop parties or, when you stop by The Jacob Burns Film Center’s table, bring up their upcoming evening with Susan Orlean (hint: it involves her latest book about a heroic dog). With the right research–easy to do with the Internet at your disposal–it will be easy to connect. Rest assured your future employers will Google you in return if you make the final intern cut.
Due to the variety of employers the OCC has managed to put together this year, don’t bother checking if someone in “your field” is showing up. You’re bound to find a professional worth talking to, and maybe an internship (or seniors, job) ready to be filled. “This is a great way to learn the art of networking and learn about what a company offers,” Damiani adds. Some people trek to the city to suss out their job opportunities, but “here we are, bringing them to your backyard.”
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