Greenlee’s fifth Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair Oct. 11 drew 200 students, increasing attendance by 50 students when compared to the Spring 2016 fair.
The students took the opportunity to visit with, and drop off their resumes, to 29 employers that ranged from television and radio stations to non-profit organizations, newspaper groups, and private companies.
Employers commented that students were impressive. They described Greenlee students as polished and professional, and were pleased with the level of experience and type of skills. One employer commented, “We know when we come to Greenlee that students will be prepared to do internships and have some experience.”
A total of 55 students attended three workshops hosted prior to the internship fair — one on creating a digital portfolio, one on taking a digital portfolio to the next level, and one on how to find an internship.
The internship fair is a collaborative effort. “Adviser Juli Probasco-Sowers handles many of the details of this event, and she continues to improve on it each semester,” said Michael Bugeja, Greenlee director.
Michael Dahlstrom, associate director, praised Probasco-Sowers for coordinating the event. “It makes me happy to see that moment a student realizes that the knowledge and skills they learn in our courses are valued in a professional context,” he said, “and I see that moment often at the Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair.”
Many Greenlee and ISU personnel are involved in the planning, which include workshops to prepare students for their time with potential employers.
Thanks to Sherry Berghefer for presenting at the two digital workshops; Taren Crow with LAS Career Services for presenting at one workshop; Crow and Tabatha Carney with LAS Career Services for tracking and taking care of employer registration; Kris Angaran for taking care of many details and setting up the student attendance computers; student workers Maggie O’Brien, Amber Zewert, Delia Cotos, Celeste Swanson and Christina Paulson for putting together employer packets; Greenlee Ambassadors Nick Heftman, Claire Norton, Alec Norem and Meredith Kestel for helping with the Fair; students Kestel, Jaden Urbi and Norton for speaking at one or more workshops; Alyssa Rutt and student Megan Gilbert for publicizing the events and taking photos; Jason Wiegand for helping with tear-down and bringing equipment back to the office; Jessica Hansen for moral support; Kathy Box for taking care of the contracts; and Daniela Dimitrova and her Grad Assistant Jacklyn Even for helping with setup.