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Volunteer and Internship Fair at NDNU by Brooke Becton

Notre Dame de Namur’s Career Services Center provides career counseling, for-credit classes, information resources and tools, and on-campus events aimed at fostering the career development of students and alumni, according to their website. The center also hosts a bi-annual volunteer and internship fair in which local companies come out to recruit students right on the NDNU campus.

This semester’s volunteer and internship fair was held on Tuesday, October 18th in the Saint Joseph’s hall lounge. Two NDNU alumni also had booths to offer current NDNU students an internship at Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Pathways to Wellness, respectively. In addition to those two, other organizations who had booths included: Palo Alto Medical, Farmers Insurance, and the Marine Science institute. There were 32 total organizations in attendance at the fair.

Cedric Hurskin, NDNU alum and Chief Business Officer at Pathways to Wellness said, “it is important to me that I give back to the school who got me to where I am today.” He would like to see other students achieve the same success as him. “I walk onto this campus, and I see myself here almost 30 years ago and I envision my children coming here for college one day.” Because of this vision, Hurskin wants to give students the potential to earn jobs right out of college by first getting an internship to gain experience.

Part of the Career Services Center’s mission statement is to, “develop and maintain relationships with organizations that offer meaningful community engagement and career opportunities to students and alumni.” Each semester, the same organizations come back but there are always new organizations added into the mix. Senior Susan Aguirre, had an internship at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and has said that because of the internship, she gained real world experience and knowledge as to what it is like to be a professional in the work force. When asked if she would recommend students to get an internship she responded, “I think that it is important no matter what your major is that you position yourself in such a light that employers want to hire you even after you complete your internship.”

Students are encouraged to stop by the career services center for help writing resumes, looking for both on campus and off campus jobs, or anything career oriented. Their office is located in JB Hall room 140 and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office recommends that students make an appointment before they come in. Additionally, students can submit ideas of companies they would like to see at next semester’s fair.

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