NDNU Career Services, Sister Dorothy Stang Center, and the Office of Spirituality are holding their annual Internship and Community Engagement Fair on Tuesday, October 17 in St. Joe’s Patio and Lounge.
On Tuesday from 2:30-5:00pm, there will be a fair offering students information on internships, volunteer, and summer opportunities.
There are 32 participating organizations that are offering internships or volunteers positions. Some of them include The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Marine Science Institute, Reading Partners, and Notre Dame AmeriCorps.
About 100 students attend the fair each year and it has been a great opportunity for students to network with many organizations, explore career options, and put themselves at the front line of people waiting to get interviews with specific employers.
“Even if a student isn’t currently looking to intern or volunteer, it’s a good way to gather information and practice introducing yourself to recruiters,” said director of Career Services Carrie McKnight.
There has been many occasions where students get hired at their internship or volunteer sites after they graduate. For instance, they have gotten jobs with the City of Belmont, Gatepath, Enterprise, Farmers Insurance, Boys & Girls Club, Kumaran Systems Inc., Service League of San Mateo, LiveMoves, and Sustainable San Mateo County.
“I have hired one intern full time after her internship was complete. My [current] marketing manager… was my most recent intern and she continued to do the same tasks that we had set up for her, she’s worked out great and is continuing on with her MBA while working at the agency,” said owner of Farmers Insurance Agency Kelly Corwell Cansler.
Also, a couple of the organizations that students were apart for Call to Action will have a table at the fair for students to get more information about the organization and how they can be involved.
Before attending this fair, NDNU Career Services suggest that you have a polished resume; make sure it’s current and relevant. Also, find out what organizations are attending and prepare questions for them. It is important to prepare and practice your introductions that encapsulates who you are, your experiences and accomplishments, and what are you looking for.
“Most students come unprepared, and if they do that for an internship, they will show through for their future employment. Show up with your goals, your intentions and confidence that you need to get a job or internship to start a career path,” said Corwell Cansler.
In addition, at the time of the fair they suggest to dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume.
“I think dressing professionally is important… because you want to put forth your best self when you’re looking for a job. Being put together shows respect, not only for your potential employer, but also for yourself,” said manager of the high school programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Ariel Ajagu.
When talking to the recruiters be honest, friendly, authentic, and smile. Don’t forget to ask recruiters what the best way to follow up with them.
Lastly, after the fair is over it is recommended to follow up with the recruiters with a thank-you note and how you hope to hear from them soon. If they said it was appropriate, call or email within a week. Keep a few weeks open for interviews.
Not only will the fair provide students with information about ways they can get an internship or volunteer, but they will also have a nacho bar for students to enjoy. If you need help with resume assistance or how to prepare for the fair, you can make an appointment with Career Services through email@example.com or 650-508-3492.