Career Development Internship Fair

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BY LOUIS FREY

Asst. Features Editor

Last Friday, Sacred Heart University’s Career Development Center held an internship fair at the Martire Forum.

The fair gave students the opportunity to get to know companies they might want to obtain an internship with.

The companies that were there were Aflac, American Red Cross, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Datto, Enterprise, Frontier Communications, Indus Group, Northwestern Mutual, RNN-TV, Save-A-Suit, SCS Direct, Techtronic Industries, Vineyard Vines and TracyLocke.

“Sacred Heart is a university that we work very closely with, that we enjoy working with, and we have a lot of great students come from this school,” said Michelle Michellezingaro, Director of Internship Development for Northwestern Mutual.

Vineyard Vines came to the fair because Mike Fritz, one of their employees is an alumnus from Sacred Heart and thought of no better place than SHU to pitch his company. Fritz said he’s looked for students who were eager, want to learn, want to take a little risk in their career, and someone who wants to try something new.

At the fair, companies were able to invite students to information sessions to learn more about the opportunities they have to offer.

A common characteristic companies were looking for in students is they’re passionate in the field the company is in.

“We want someone who’s passionate about the Red Cross mission and about helping people and helping investing in their community,” said Sarah Scheel, Director of Volunteer Services for American Red Cross.

Students thought the fair would be in good use for them.

“I think its good to network and get to hear the different opportunities the companies have to offer,” said junior Nina Catanzaro.

“The internship fair is a good way to see what’s out there and broaden my scope for jobs,” said junior Dan Marino.

Marino also said the fair helps people see what other companies are offering.

Juniors Kristina Dindardo and Catanzaro went to the fair because they’re looking for a summer internship.

Many students use the Career Development Center by meeting with counselors and working on their resumes and cover letters.

“I met with Corey Stockes in the Career Development Center and she helped me develop a professional resume with all my experience,” said Catanzaro.

Others feel the center has got the ball rolling for their internship hunt.

“I used the center to update my resume and get that looking professional before I started my internship hunt,” said Marino. “They introduced me to the handshake system which I believe has accelerated my internship hunting process.”

Students thought the fair was for everyone in all fields.

“This should not only be helpful for me but truly helpful for other people from different fields,” said graduate student Meet Chaudhary.

Career development had no comment.

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