The spring semester career fair at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), held on Wednesday, January 31 in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium, featured over 30 employers in attendance, representing a wide range of global and local corporations, recruiting students for both internships as well as full-time positions. Many of the recruiters at the event were alumni of the iSchool, returning to campus to interview and meet with the next generation of talent.
Open to both graduate and undergraduate students, the fair attracted over 400 students during its four-hour time slot.
“I am very pleased with the number of students who were able to attend our spring career fair last week and appreciate all of the support they have received from the iSchool community as they seek employment opportunities,” said Sarah Weber, Director of Employer Relations at the iSchool. “We value our partnerships with employers and are always looking for a variety of ways we can bring students and employers together, including the career fair.”
The iSchool boasts a 92% job placement rate (based on 2016 reports) for undergraduate students, as well as one of the highest starting salaries on campus for those students, at over $64,000.
Over a third of undergraduate students credit iSchool career fairs and on-campus recruiting events for their success for landing the first job after graduation.
“Recruiting is just one component of the multi-faceted collaborations the iSchool has with our industry partners,” notes Weber. “and we are excited to be able to work collectively with these companies to provide students with employment opportunities and meet their hiring needs.”
At the beginning of the semester, the iSchool’s dedicated Career Services Office hosted a number of events and workshops to help students prepare for their time with recruiters.
“It was gratifying to see our several weeks of intense career fair preparation culminate into such a successful event for our students,” said Christopher Perrello, Director of Career Services at the iSchool. “We conducted a number of workshops that addressed résumés, cover letters, and interview preparations, along with a series of résumé triage sessions within the span of a few short weeks.”
Companies participating in the fair included:
Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Dig Safely New York, Inc.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
EY (Ernst & Young)
Federal Reserve Board
Gutchess Lumber Co., Inc
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL)
NY Air National Guard
Teach For America
The 505 on Walnut
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries
Zimmerman Assocaites Inc