Students Setting Career, Summer Internship Aspirations

Friday, January 22, 2016
 Careerfair Story

OPENING DOORS: Three career fairs conducted annually, along with other campus events, provide opportunities for students to explore full time, internship, and co-op positions with companies throughout the U.S.

Rose-Hulman students are reaping the benefits of the high demand for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians by gaining opportunities to showcase their talents with companies from throughout the United States.

Nearly 400 companies have attended the first two career fair events of the 2015-16 school year and conducted more than 2,000 interviews to fill available opportunities for full time, internship, and co-op work experiences.

"There are abundant opportunities for graduating seniors and underclass students looking for those valuable work experiences that will make them very attractive in the future job market," says Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations. He estimates that nearly 80 percent of this year's seniors have had at least one internship or undergraduate research experience.

A summer internship with Dow Chemical paved the way for mechanical engineering student Daniel Sutherland of Centennial, Colorado to accept a job offer from the Fortune 500 company before returning to campus to start his senior year. The summer internship resulted from an interview nearly a year earlier at the 2014 fall career fair.

"The internship provided an opportunity to apply the theoretical- and technical-thinking skills I have gained on campus with real-world applications in industry," he says. "It was nice knowing that all of the hard work through my challenging coursework paid off, and I had a job offer in hand at the end of last summer."

Senior civil engineering student Loys Rees had to wait a little longer, but obtained a job with Kimley-Horn & Associates after being introduced to representatives of the national consulting firm on campus last fall. An initial job interview from the 2015 fall career fair was followed in rapid succession by a trip to visit the company's Jacksonville, Florida office during the Thanksgiving holiday break, a job offer two weeks later, and an acceptance before Christmas.

"It was a wild way to end 2015. At the end of the process, I had two really strong job offers, and I took the one that I thought best matched my interests and possible career goals," says the Glenwood, Indiana, native.

Meanwhile, junior chemical engineering student Josh Kirkham of Zionsville, Indiana is looking forward to spending this summer as an intern with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis-after having four interviews following last fall's career fair.

"I am excited about the opportunity to earn valuable work experience with a great company. This should set me up well for the future," he says.

An internship in Washington, D.C. with leading technology consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton introduced junior computer science major Morgan Cook of Terre Haute, Indiana to mobile application development and other career possibilities in the computing world. She also learned how to live on her own in the nation's capital.

"This experience meant a lot to me both personally and professionally. Living in such an exciting large city was a great experience, and helped me develop into the person I am today," she said. More learning experiences are planned this summer as an intern with Progressive Insurance Company in Cleveland, Ohio - another work opportunity gained through on-campus corporate recruitment events.