Students line up to meet with their desired employers to ask questions and get more information. (Photo credit: Leah Volpe/TU Student).
Towson University held its annual MCCS Networking Fair on Wednesday to give students a chance to land a job or internship with companies in the area.
Students, specifically in the Communications field, were expected to wear business casual attire and bring their resumes to meet potential employers.
Member of Towson’s own Career Center attended the event, offering different communication, leadership, and marketing paid internships to the students.
“The students in these positions get a lot of interaction with employers that come onto campus to our office and to the career fair,” said Emily Tipton, the Career Advisor and Internship Coordinator at Towson University. “So you know they learn and they’re involved, they’re getting experience, but they also get a lot of connections.”
The fair lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Chesapeake Rooms 1 and 2 in the University Union. It was completely organized by the Public Relations Student Group, who begin planning the event as early as fall semester.
To begin planning, the students break into committees that meet weekly to discuss decorations, figure out available parking for the guests, and reaching out to new companies and different professionals based in Baltimore.
The co-president of the Public Relations Student Group, Laura Bastings, gave advice to students looking for internship opportunities.
“I would say to practice your elevator pitch before coming and just know how to present yourself within 30 seconds of meeting an employer,” Bastings said. “Because that’s what sticks with them when they meet so many students in a day.”
The turnout for the event was about 50 Towson students interested in the Communications field. The companies looking for eager students included Fox and the CW Network, TEK systems, SECU bank, PRSA Maryland Chapter and Girl’s Life.
One student in attendance included Natalie Bland, a freshman in Mass Communications, double tracking in journalism and Public relations with a minor in Spanish at Towson University.
“It’s been really great all the people here are really enthusiastic about working with different students,” Bland said. “So I think it’s been a really awesome opportunity to learn and to talk to people who are just as enthusiastic about working with us as we are working with them.”
Many of the companies in attendance at the event encouraged students to reach out and follow up with any questions and send in resumes with cover letters.