Career and internship fair targets specific majors

Students network with employers at the Career and Internship Fair Wednesday. Photo by Deanna McClary

Florida A&M University held a career and internship fair Wednesday for education, health, nursing and social sciences majors.

The career and internship fair is an opportunity for students to network and build relationships in the business world. Approximately 100 organizations and Fortune 500 companies along with local, state, non-profit and governmental industries attend each year.

More than 50 people were in attendance in the Grand Ballroom to seek out the different internships and jobs that companies were offering.

The career and internship fair was put together by the staff of FAMU’s Career and Professional Development Center, which said it was important for students to come out and network.

Kindred Hill, a relations and outreach coordinator at FAMU, explained why it’s important to have career and internship fairs.

“It’s important that we have these fairs because we’re trying to get students employed, internship opportunities so that when it’s time for them to leave FAMU they would have experience in the field that they are working in,” Hill said

Hill is positive that the career and internship fairs have a positive impact on students if they come prepared.

The main purpose of the career and internship fair is to give students and employers a chance to meet one another, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential job or internship opportunities.

Najjah Thompson, a recruitment and engagement specialist at Madison Metropolitan School District, said it was essential for his district to come to the fair.

“It was essential for our district to come out because a lot of the students here at FAMU connect to our mission and core values,” he said. “We want to get students aligned to who we are, what we’re about and where we’re going.”

Thompson wanted students to know that his district is committed to finding students who are aligned with where they’re going.

FAMU’s Career and Professional Development Center’s goal is to help students with deciding on their major, secure an internship, develop a professional brand and navigate a path to graduate school.

The career and internship fairs deliver a positive impact, making students career-ready and preparing them for the next step.

Senior psychology student Alexander Love was glad he came to the fair.

“I’m glad I took time out to attend the fair because I learned that there are multiple opportunities in psychology and I’m leaving out this fair interested in expanding my knowledge to prepare for better opportunities,” Love said.