In one of the largest Career Fairs in years, some 350 students met with representatives from 49 companies Sept. 28 on the East Falls Campus.
“Employers who recruit at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) constantly rave that we have the most prepared, polished and professional students they’ve ever met,” said Ainsley Maloney, associate director of industry relations at Jefferson. “We attribute that to our University’s Nexus Learning philosophy around real-world projects, professional-minded faculty and staff, and our students’ diligent research into each company and brand.”
In fact, two-thirds of the employers who attended this Career Fair have hired a Jefferson student in the past three years for full-time jobs or internships, Maloney said.
Global apparel company PVH Corp. attended the event to recruit for its 2018 summer internship program, said Stephanie Menakis, human resources generalist.
“We’re looking for hardworking, conscientious leaders interested in making the most of an incredible 10-week experience consisting of hands-on immersion into a department, training classes and a cross-functional group project competition with the opportunity to present to senior leaders,” said Menakis, noting that quite a few PVH executives, associates and interns have graduated from Jefferson.
Alumna Victoria Smith ’95, administrator for Rudney Solomon Cohen & Felzer P.C., recruited at the Career Fair for the first time, seeking interns and entry-level staff accountants.
“Managing partner Brian Smith M’03 and I are both graduates, so we know the value of this Career Fair as students,” she said. “Now as employers, we know Jefferson can provide us with candidates that are team players with a strong work ethic who are willing to provide a top-quality service to our clients.”
The Career Fair attracted students from freshman to graduate level from a wide variety of programs, including mechanical engineering, fashion merchandising and management, textile materials technology, business, construction management, global fashion enterprise, fashion design, textile design, communication, and law and society.
Fashion merchandising and management student Isabella Siravo ’18 said the opportunity to meet with recruiters from top firms such as Burlington, Gap and URBN helped her build her network and fine-tune her interviewing skills. Siravo, president of the campus Student Government Association, hopes to land a position in buying, planning or merchandising.
The Career Fair is just one step in the job process for many students, Maloney said. More than 10 firms who attended the event have committed to return later this semester for formal on-campus interviews. Career Services also hosts Design Expo in the spring for students in those disciplines.
“The Career Services staff works extremely hard to create a seamless path for employers to hire at our University,” she said. “Our goal is for students to experience a natural progression from meeting employers at the fair, to being invited to interview, to receiving the job or internship offer—all with the support of our staff to turn to along the way.”