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Students, employers connect at summer job fair

Summer Job Fair

Students and employers met in the Union Ballroom on Tuesday afternoon for the Summer Job Fair.

At the fair, which was organized by Student Employment Services, some employers spoke about having been pleased with University students in the past.

“They’re very successful for us,” said Sharon Hoepf of Plumbline Solutions. “In fact, right now we’ve got a couple [University interns].”

Hoepf said the company was looking for computer science students to intern doing software development.

“We haven’t seen as many [students] in the area we’re looking for — computer science,” Hoepf said. “We like coming to these fairs, we just haven’t seen as many today.”

Sarah Kelley from Recreation Unlimited praised University students as well.

“We have hired [University] students in the past and been very impressed with them,” Kelley said.

She was looking for camp counselors, program leaders and people for night duty.

Sophomore Yahshua Freeman was considering a camp counselor position.

“I was kind of hoping for an internship over the summer,” he said.

But he would also be interested in a part-time job, especially at a camp, he said. Freeman said he was pleased with the large number of camps recruiting at the fair.

He prepared for the fair by checking the list of employers who would be there and circling the ones he wanted to speak with.

“I basically just made a list and made a game plan and went through with it,” Freeman said.

Junior Matthew Will’s preparation included updating his resume and practicing interviewing with himself.

“I was specifically looking for a digital arts internship,” Will said.

He said he was disappointed that he didn’t find more internships in that field, but he did find everyone at the fair to be nice and helpful.

Some students prepared less for the job fair.

“I remembered it last night and was like, ‘Alright, I guess I’ll go,’” said senior Heather Pollauf.

She printed off copies of her resume but had not looked at the list of employers.

“I already have a summer job lined up, but I’m looking for something that’s more catered to my major,” said Pollauf, a telecommunications major.

Pollauf said she was hoping to find something that would get her more experience or help her to network in her field.

Though many employers came from outside of the University and the city of Bowling Green, some campus employers had tables set up.

“[The job fair] just really brings in so many students,” said Lisa Tatham, administrative assistant in the Jerome Library, which employs roughly 200 students. “It’s just a really good opportunity to get out there one more time.”

About 350 students attended the job fair, said Michele Schmitz, assistant director of Student Employment Services. About 115 recruiters from 55 employers were there.

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