director of Student and Industry Relations, 308.865.8693
University of Nebraska at Kearney, which has the second largest Industrial Distribution program in the nation, will be host to 88 representatives–including CEO’s, presidents and vice presidents from 28 companies spanning 18 states — for the spring Industrial Distribution Career Event Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 5-7.
Scott Jochum, director of UNK Student and Industry Relations, said, “This is a service we provide to our students, and because of this annual event, nearly all of our graduates have job offers before they begin their senior year.” All students from the Industrial Distribution program are expected to attend.
“This is a great event for our kids,” he said. “Because it is an invitation only event, only companies that have been selected will be able to attend. This allows the Industrial Distribution program to determine what companies will be interviewing our students, and we can get the best opportunity for our students. In turn, it will allow top notch companies to get some of the best talent.”
The three-day event will begin with an opening reception from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Kearney Holiday Inn. The reception is a first time event. At the reception, students looking for full-time or internship positions will have an opportunity to meet with company representatives in a casual setting.
On Wednesday, activities begin in the UNK Nebraskan Student Union at 7:30 a.m. with a new breakfast program designed to help students and companies understand what the expectations are from each other. The career fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the NSU Ponderosa Room. After the career fair, companies will conduct interviews from 2 – 6 p.m. All 28 companies attending this event will interview for potential new hires and internships. The day will conclude at the Big Apple Fun Center, where students and prospective employers can network in a casual environment.
The last day is designated solely for interviewing potential employees or interns.
Companies are coming to the career event from all corners of the United States, including, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.