Non-SBI students can find opportunities outside the career expo

Students talking to representatives at Career Expo
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The Career and Internship Expo that was held last week, hosted by the FAMU Career Center, remains a big hit each semester for students in search of jobs and internships within their career field.

Every semester the university’s  career and professional development center hosts a Career & Internship Expo. This event allows students to showcase their talents and skills to different companies such as Amazon, Hilton, PepsiCo and International Paper.

Despite the many companies that participate in the expo, it has been a difficult time for students outside of the School of Business & Industry to find opportunities during at this event.

That said, several non-business students at Florida A&M have been successful in landing career and internship opportunities all over the country.

Senior public relations student Arianna Reamy was able to land an internship with Ignition Media Group in Detroit, and the Allen Lewis Agency in Farmington Hills, Mich.

“My most valued experience was interning with the Allen Lewis Agency for the past two years. I was able to work hands-on in my field at a black-owned PR agency that was run by women. It was inspiring to work under my role models as they prepared me to excel in the work that I will be doing for the rest of my life,” Reamy said.

By being proactive and using the resources within her major, Reamy was able to find beneficial experiences that will shape her future and allow her to build meaningful connections.

Reamy said that Google was her best friend in landing these opportunities. Perfecting her resume and cover letter were important as well as finding someone who is over recruitment for the companies she was interested in. Showing you are interested to employers can make a critical difference, she said.

Landon Tucker, a senior environmental science student, said: “I really had to narrow down where I saw myself  post-graduation. I wanted experiences that would help me boost my resume and get some experience  in different areas of business like legal, non-profit and so on.”

Linda Shockley, managing director for the Dow Jones News Fund, spoke with public relations students this week on landing an internship with the company.

“It’s a small world in the world of journalism,” Shockley said. She emphasized that opportunities are all around and will come to an individual if they network.