E-Fest Connects Students and Employers
Posted at: 09/19/2012 11:35 AM
| Updated at: 09/19/2012 9:53 PM
By: Brittany Falkers
If you are a college student or recent college graduate still looking for a job the University of Minnesota might have been the place to be Wednesday afternoon.
UMD held its annual E-Fest Wednesday in the Kirby Ballroom on campus. It is one of two career fairs UMD holds each year.
E-Fest is a chance for UMD students and recent alumni to find jobs and internships in engineering, science, computer science, and math.
Trevor Wilcox is a junior electrical engineering student at UMD who came to the fair looking for his first internship. He says it's chances like this one to network that will help him and his peers in the long run.
"I think it's just a good idea in general to try and get a jump on the game. Even I don't find an internship with any of these people, you get a lot of contact information," Wilcox said.
He even offered advice to his fellow underclassmen. "Get an internship when your younger. So that way, when you get out [of college] you have the experience. It makes you a lot more attractive to people looking to hire college grads," Wilcox said.
This years E-Fest was bigger than ever with more than 70 companies in attendance, including ALLETE/MN Power, Essentia Health, Messabi Nugget, Lake Superior Consulting, LLC and more, according to UMD.
"This is the easiest way for students to connect with so many employers in one place and to build their networks," Director of Career Services Julie Westlund said. "Employers are there to share information about their companies and to recruit prospective employees. They want to talk with students."