The spring semester career fair at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), held on Wednesday, February 1 in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium, was the largest spring semester career event hosted by the School to date.
Nearly 30 employers attended, representing a wide range of global and local corporations, and were 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.
Attracting both graduate and undergraduate students, the fair broke previous spring event attendance records, with over 415 students participating during the fair’s four-hour time slot.
“I am 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 industry partnerships and the variety of ways we can bring students and employers together, including the career fair.”
The iSchool boasts a 93% job placement rate (based on a 3-year rolling average) for undergraduate students, as well as one of the highest starting salaries on campus for those students, at nearly $63,000.
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 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 the company’s 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 addressing 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:
Black Knight Financial Services
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
EY (Ernst & Young)
Federal Reserve Board
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Naval Intelligence Activity
Teach For America
The Hanover Insurance Group