Representing almost every industry and recruiting from across the span of majors and levels of experience, the 75 corporations on display at the December 7th Career and Internship Fair at Stevens Institute of Technology offered a wide array of employment opportunities. These employers were all drawn to Stevens for the same reason – the unique talents of the university’s undergraduate and graduate students.
The December Career and Internship Fair is organized annually by the Office of Career Development and connects Stevens students with representatives from top companies from the state, region and country to discuss full-time and internship opportunities. Dressed in formal business attire and armed with carefully polished resumes, the hundreds of students who turned out for the three hour networking event were in hot demand from companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Texas Instruments to the FBI to MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
“Our career fairs are an extraordinary opportunity for our students to gain access to companies with high value employment opportunities,” said Lynn Insley, Director of the Office of Career Development. “Stevens students have always been incredibly successful in being selected for these very competitive positions.”
The technical expertise of Stevens students is always one major draw for employers, and this year was no different.
“The challenges we face daily on an organizational basis are perfectly in line with what Stevens students enjoy solving and are capable of solving,” said Brad Vopni, Senior Vice President of Development for NASDAQ, a global stock exchange that employs a number of Stevens graduates. “From an engineering and software perspective, students from Stevens are skillful in critical technical areas such as scalable systems problems, throughput problems and other industry-specific challenges.”
Iris Lovell, a college recruiter for Verizon who has frequently partnered with the university on recruiting initiatives, said Stevens students have the strong foundation in technology the company looks for in its employees.
“Students here have great knowledge in wireless fundamentals and are perfect for our entry-level positions in engineering and information technology,” she said.
Hoboken-based information technology consultancy eMazzanti Technologies was especially interested in students who had taken Cisco networking classes at Stevens, a unique course offering.
“Students with that background tend to be really good candidates for us as both interns and full-time employees,” said CEO Carl Mazzanti.
Other corporate representatives were interested in students with a broader range of expertise inherent in the university’s cross-disciplinary focus at the undergraduate level.
“Stevens has incredibly bright students, and most importantly they exhibit the leadership skills we look for in recruits,” said Staff Sergeant John Acevedo who was enlisting students for the United States Marine Officer program.
At J. Crew, the draw was the university’s emphasis on a well-rounded education in business communication and technological innovation, as well as the work ethic of its students.
“As our company grows, we need employees who can communicate technology needs to the business side and vice versa, and I know we can find that at Stevens,” said Peter Dooher, head of e-commerce and a Stevens alum from the Class of 1997.
Students in attendance were well-prepared for the interview and recruitment process due to their participation in a variety of the career services activities and initiatives sponsored by Stevens throughout the year, including career planning workshops, individual resume reviews, corporate site visits, the summer internship program, the cooperative education program, and the Technogenesis research program.
“The Office of Career Development is amazing,” said junior Molly Herforth, a Business & Technology major who is seeking employment opportunities in the information technology or economics fields. “They were incredibly helpful in critiquing my resume and they are always open and willing to answer random questions from students.”
Engineering Management major Justin Ure, who has taken part in various career services initiatives and is currently looking for a part time internship for the spring semester, agreed.
“I feel really well-prepared because I’ve been exposed to both sides of the spectrum,” he said.
That employers are eager to hire Stevens students for internships or full-time work may come as no surprise, given the career success of recent graduates. More than 85 percent of the Class of 2011 has secured post-graduation plans. The average starting salary for a Stevens 2011 grad is $62,200, ahead of the national average of $58,325 of graduates in similar disciplines.
“It is the talent of our students that draws companies to consistently recruit and hire at Stevens,” said Insley. “Stevens students are known for their well-rounded educational background, technical expertise, great problem solving skills, and their drive for results. Our graduates go on to address some of the most challenging problems faced by industry and government today, and then they come back to campus to hire the next generation of Stevens grads.
The next Career Fair will take place on March 7, 2012, focusing on full-time positions as well as summer internship opportunities. Learn more at /sit/ocd/.