Starr Career Development Center Hosts First-Ever Fall 2020 Virtual Job and Internship FairNearly 900 students network with more than 75 employers
October 9, 2020
The Baruch Starr Career Development Center, in partnership with the Graduate Career Management Center, held its first Fall 2020 Virtual Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 25 where students and employers were able to network successfully at a time when an in-person event was not possible.
More than 75 employers, representing over 10 industries, participated in the highly attended virtual event, offering positions and internships to students in a broad range of fields, such as accounting, communications, healthcare, government, and media.
The virtual fair was open to undergraduates from Baruch’s three schools, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, and Zicklin School of Business, as well as Zicklin graduate students interested in accounting. Nearly 900 students engaged in more than 2,700 virtual chats with employers on hand.
Top Firms and Organizations Seek Baruch Students
The virtual event attracted some of New York’s and the nation’s most prestigious business and nonprofits, including Amazon, AIG, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Cushman & Wakefield, CVS, EY, Horizon Media, International Rescue Committee, MTA, NYC DCAS, RSM, Target, Teach for America, and TIAA.
The Starr Career Development Center also welcomed employers new to its recruiting and networking events, such as 60 Guilders, Blue Forest Technologies, Building Service 32BJ Benefit Funds, IAC, KISS Products, The David J Joseph Company, The Simons Foundations, and UrbanTech Consulting.
Biggest Career Event of the Year Goes Virtual
Historically, the career fair has been conducted in-person with employers setting up information tables, collecting resumes, and meeting Baruch students face-to-face. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic brought several challenges and restrictions to in-person events. Undaunted by these limitations, the Starr Career Center effectively pivoted to a virtual approach to hold their biggest career event of the year.
This year, Baruch students were able to upload their resume and interact with recruiters via individual video chats or in general group video chats. The virtual platform also offered students the ability to wait simultaneously in multiple employer queues, which was a bonus feature compared to in-person career fairs where students wait in one line at a time.
The new virtual platform and features drew praise from attending students. A participating Baruch graduate said, “At a time when people are not able to meet outside, this fair gave an opportunity for students to interact with recruiters and learn about the opportunities that are out there. Similarly, recruiters got a chance to meet Baruch students.”
An accounting first-year student spoke to the sentiment behind their involvement, saying, “This experience has taught me that no matter the circumstances, people are still willing to go out of their way to further the lives of the upcoming generations.”
Video: Take a virtual tour of the Starr Career Development Center and visit the Center’s website for more information.
Learn more about the Zicklin School of Business Graduate Career Management Center.
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