Chamber and Monster.com to hold Internship, Career and Live Local Fair on April 9
As part of its continued efforts to retain college students in the region, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an Internship, Career and Live Local Fair on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Worcester Regional Airport, 375 Airport Drive, in Worcester, Mass.
“We know from our research that if students are exposed to opportunities locally—whether jobs, internships, volunteer work, they will feel more connected to the region and will be more likely to want to live or work in the city after graduation,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Equally as important, our Chamber members are looking for talented, engaged students to fill their workforce pipelines.”
The three-hour, free event is sponsored by Monster.com and will feature more than 50 area employers looking to hire professionals or provide internship opportunities as well as volunteer opportunities and cultural offerings. Local employers, such as EMC Corp., Liberty Mutual, Unum, iRobot, Allegro Microsystems, and more, will be on hand to speak with college students from all majors and class years. A full list of participating employers can be viewed at http://www.worcesterchamber.org/student/.
While the fair is open to the general public, the ideal attendee should be a college-educated adult seeking a professional, entry-level job. A resume and business attire (e.g., no jeans or hats) are required for entry into the fair. Students will be entered to win a round-trip ticket to anywhere that JetBlue flies, courtesy of Chamber members JetBlue and Massport.
“Students can gain a great deal from attending a career fair,” said Karen Pelletier, Director of Higher Education-Business Partnership. “While you aren’t likely to walk away with a job offer in hand, a fair offers attendees an opportunity to impress the recruiter of an organization enough that they would be interested in reviewing his or her resume, or even granting an interview. Attendees should come prepared by reviewing the list of companies and preparing questions about how a company is structured, how hiring decisions are made, or how to apply for a formal internship.”
The event is a collaboration between the Chamber, Monster.com, Cumulus Radio who operates three radio stations – The Pike100FM, WXLO 104.5FM, and NASH-ICON from their Worcester studios. The area’s career services offices and Worcester Student Government Association have assisted with the planning and promotion of the event. The Chamber’s own interns have also helped to market the event on campus, through their social media networks, on campus radio stations, and through advertising in college newspapers.
For more information, contact Karen Pelletier or 508-753-2924.
ABOUT THE HIGHER EDUCATION-BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
The Chamber’s Higher Education − Business Partnership was established to strengthen the relationship between the business and higher education communities for workforce pipeline development, talent retention and economic development. Worcester is home to 12 colleges and universities, with a combined 38,000 students. With more than 11,000 faculty and staff at our area colleges and universities, higher education is Worcester’s second largest industry—creating a hub of expertise right in our city. The total economic impact of Worcester area institutions on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is estimated to be more than $2.5 billion. READ MORE