McGuire Lounge on campus was bursting with activity on September 6, 2012, when the College of Saint Elizabeth’s second annual Eagles Fair took place. More than 200 students strolled up and down the aisles, checking out the tables filled with information about student-led clubs and internships and potential jobs, looking for one that might spark their interests.
The idea for the Eagles Fair started last year with the CSE offices of Volunteer & Service Learning, Career Services and Student Employment, and Student Activities. The directors, Nanette Spedden, Teri Corso, and Leigh Anne Walters were all interested in engaging students in a meaningful way with either on- or off-campus experiences, such as volunteering, joining a club or organization, obtaining an on- or near-campus job, obtaining an internship, or obtaining a part-time job.
“As you can see, one person's volunteer experience might be another person's internship which might, in the end, lead to a job offer, or at least some great skills that could be part of a student's resume!” says Teri Corso, CSE director of Career Services.
Opportunities for the Eagles fair provided information about volunteer opportunities on campus like students becoming members of a student-led club and involving themselves with a club project working with an outside volunteer organization. Sophonie Pépé, ’13, Biology major, representing the Biology Club, “This is one of the best fairs ever. We had a lot of sign ups. There is a lot of interest. The freshman and new students are very enthusiastic. They have a lot of ambition to come and check out what we are planning.”
Off-campus companies and charities also came to recruit interns and employees. For example, Karen Burkhart, manager of financial services, Prudential Insurance Company of America, was scouting for students looking for full-time careers and internships.
Closer to home, the CSE Eagle Fair was an opportunity to introduce on-campus jobs to students. Says Patty Devlin director, conference and event services, about her role coordinating students, “We had access to more students than we would have otherwise. Many of our students didn’t know this program exists, so it helps to get the word out.”
Adds Barbara Masse, rental administrative coordinator for conference and event services, “We had a great turn out. Having the ability to talk to students about our jobs is a lot different than if they just read about it. We are able to explain how interesting and fun our jobs are.”
A fresh batch of curious students will be attending club meetings and working in their new jobs during the 2012-2013 school year. Thanks to the collaboration of the three offices, plus additional help from across our campus, a wonderful benefit has been created for our CSE students.