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Career Opportunities Abound for Students; 122 Companies Come Calling at Winter Job Fair

January 28, 2013

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Student interviews at winter career fair, 2013   

Companies are clamoring to get the problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial spirit of Rose-Hulman students. That's why 122 companies came to the institute's winter career fair on January 23 in search of candidates to fill full time, internship, and co-op positions in science, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The list of companies attending the second career fair organized for the 2012-13 school year included Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Archer Daniels Midland, Boston Scientific, Chrysler, Dow, DuPoint, Frito Lay, General Electric, Hill-Rom, Interactive Intelligence, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, National Instruments, Roche, Rockwell Collins, Sclumberger, Siemens, and Texas Instruments. 

 The beginning of a new year has companies coming with a much better idea of their hiring needs. They had immediate and long-term needs," says Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations. "The need is still very strong for graduates in science, engineering, and mathematics career fields."

Hewerdine estimates that 51 percent of Rose-Hulman's 2013 graduates have already accepted job opportunities, are planning to attend graduate school, or will earn military commissions from Army or Air Force ROTC programs.

                Other featured numbers associated with this year's job placement are:

                * 306 companies have attended the 2012-13 career fairs, and more than 100 other companies have conducted campus interviews.

                * 15 companies attending the winter fair were recruiting on campus for the first time.

                * 93 percent of Rose-Hulman's 2012 graduates were placed before commencement, and 98 percent were placed by November 1, 2012.

                * $62,300 was the average starting salary for Rose-Hulman's 2012 graduates.

"There's a lot of interest from recruiters and engineering managers in getting their hands on our students' unique skills to give them an edge in today's competitive economy," says Hewerdine.