By Andreya Martinez
The Career and Development and Alumni Engagement Center hosted their 15th Career and Internship Fair on Oct. 17. This was the second fall internship fair that has been hosted. The fall fairs average approximately 65-70 employers tabling and meeting potential interns and part and full-time employees. A variety of businesses attended, giving the students plenty of options in career choices. Employers included City of Oxnard, Tesla, COPE Health Solutions, Walgreens and many others. Because of the merge between Career Development and the Alumni Engagement Center, CI was able to reach out to approximately fifty alumni to attend the fair and meet with potential employers.
At 16 years old, CI is a relatively new campus. A lot of companies are still unaware of the population of students. However, Career and Development Services works to engage with local and regional employers to advocate for the students and alumni.
“These fairs provide the opportunity for (our students) to engage and network with recruiters looking for part time jobs and internship opportunities,” said Raquel De Los Santos, Coordinator for Employer Recruitment Services. “They really help facilitate that and provide students to network, communicate and connect with recruiters in the industry that they are interested in.”
De Los Santos also mentioned that recruiters a quite enthusiastic to come and meet the students of CI. “They know the buzz about our students,” said De Los Santos. “They know that we are skilled, qualified and competitive.”
Danielle Seckler, a senior studying Anthropology with a minor in Psychology attended the Career and Internship Fair. She was able to meet with recruiters from a company she had never heard of before. “I got an interview with (Addison Behavioral Resources),” said Seckler. “It is a company that deals with children with Autism and other disabilities.”
The standing fall fair will be held in April. 90-100 employers are expected to be in attendance. De Los Santos advises students to take advantage of career fairs. They are not only for people who need employment now. They provide an opportunity to gain insight into their industry and network with potential employers.