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Career Fair 2015 Connects Students with Wide Range of Employers

Monday, October 5, 2015

The third annual  St. John’s University Expo and Academic Internship Fair provided students and alumni with the opportunity to meet with 150 prospective employers. The fair took place on October 1 at the Taffner Field House on the Queens, NY, campus.

“It was deeply gratifying to observe the robust participation of so many employer partners,” said Paulette B. Gonzalez, senior director, University Career Services. “This commitment testifies to their appreciation of the quality of our students.” The event featured organizations from a cross section of industries including financial, media, healthcare, consumer goods, government, and more.  

University Career Services organized the fair with support from each of St. John’s schools and colleges. In addition, for the first time, Career Services partnered with Campus Ministry, inviting nonprofit organizations such as the Peace Corps for students interested in doing a year of service after graduation.

“This collaboration highlights the importance of instilling Vincentian values in our students even as they prepare to graduate and move on from St. John’s,” said Sr. Patricia Evanick, D.C., campus minister for Vincentian service.

“The Fair was another resounding success,” said Jennifer Grauso, associate director, University Career Services. “Students from every college, as well as alumni, joined us for this annual, signature fall event, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet employers, do company research, and get free, professional headshots to use online. We were particularly delighted to have so many alumni return to campus as employers to recruit current students.”

Andrew Davis ’16CPS, an administrative studies major, said he had a very productive day, meeting with recruiters from Walgreens, W.B. Mason, and NYU Langone Medical Center, among others. “I just love the Career Fair,” he said. “I am getting a chance today to expand my employment possibilities.”

Dylan Havlak ’16CPS, who is studying homeland security, said, “It seems that my skills are in demand by many different kinds of companies, and I got a chance to talk to several today.” One of these was the Waldorf Astoria, whose human resources representative observed, “St. John’s students have been very good hires for us. Their broad education gives them transferable skills. One St. John’s student has ended up in our executive office.”

Echoing this view, Michele Bare, national recruiter for Achieve Beyond, said, “We take part in this event every year because our company has found the St. John’s applicants to be the most polished, and the most put–together. They prepare great résumés, and they are good workers.”