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Students and employers will have the opportunity to network throughout the month of February at two career fairs hosted by the Department of Industrial Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The events exist not only to connect students with potential employers, but also to help students gain internships within their chosen fields.
“Our program requires internships of students,” said Brenda Jochum, internship director of the industrial technology department. “We feel very strongly about students seeking out employers and developing skills.”
The Industrial Distribution Career Fair will kick off the month of events on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. The fair, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature 28 companies, with 87 representatives in attendance.
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the department will hold another fair, the Construction Management Career Fair. From 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., students majoring in construction management will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from 14 different companies.
Both the Industrial Distribution and Construction Management Career Fairs will be open only to students majoring in the two fields. At the end of the month, however, the department will offering a breakfast and reception for company representatives who are hiring in the fields of telecommunications management, management information systems, and computer science and information systems.
The event will take place during the Career Services Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nebraskan Ponderosa Room.
Jochum said the career fairs put on by the industrial technology department are not only for students who wish to intern with a company.
“There are other benefits that come from the career fairs,” she said. “They give us an understanding of what companies need. In addition, the fairs allow us to keep companies up-to-date with what’s happening in the industrial technology department.”
She also said the department has administered the career fairs in order to find good matches between interns and companies.
“At the career fairs, students don’t just sit across the table from employers,” she said. “We have adapted our events so that the other important components of finding a good match are involved.”