Career & Internship Fair Connects Students with Employers
Hundreds of MU students, dressed in professional business attire and carrying their résumés, visited the Spring 2019 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Fair in Brewer Fieldhouse this afternoon to talk to the more than 120 employer representatives about internships, fellowships, or future employment. Some students say they were interested in talking to a few specific employers while others, uncertain of what they want to do after graduation, stopped and talked to several of the dozens of employers to try to get a better idea of what opportunities await them.
Payton Barry and Andrew Deyoe
Andrew Deyoe is a sophomore majoring in economics and political science. He attended the career fair to look for future opportunities to work in government.
“The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) is what I have been aiming for,” Deyoe says. “I found certain fellowship opportunities as well as a CIA meeting this evening that I will be attending. I’m also learning how to build up my résumé to be better qualified for a position in the CIA.”
Payton Barry went to the career fair to find a summer job. Barry, a freshman majoring in biology, says he is interested in internships or fellowships in conservation or the biomedical research industry.
“I found a few companies that have positions available in my field, and I have handed out copies of my résumé and have collected quite a few business cards, so I’m expecting to hear back,” Barry says.
Abigail Degroot is a sophomore majoring in psychology and sociology. This was her first time attending a career fair at Mizzou.
“I came to hopefully further my job prospects and figure out what I want to do with my life,” Degroot says. “I’m interested in doing forensic psychology or military psychology, so I’ve talked to representatives of companies in those fields.”
Zach Goldberg is a sophomore majoring in communication who heard about the career fair through the smartphone application Handshake. Handshake is an online portal where students, career centers, and recruiters come to meet, talk, and share opportunities. He attended the career fair to look for a summer internship.
“This is my first career fair and it has exceeded my expectations,” Goldberg says. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and there are so many companies here willing to talk to you and explain what they are all about. It’s really cool to see all of this come together.”
Looking for a Few Good Employees
Representatives like Destiny Costley, BS ’11 biology, say they’ve been impressed with the students who’ve attended the career fair.
“They brought their résumés, and they spoke well, and they asked a lot of good questions,” Costley says.
Costley is representing the Johnson County Crime Lab, which is looking for students with a background in science.
“We encourage our employees to have a science degree, such as biology, chemistry, or forensic science. We are hoping to get some of these undergrads to look into forensic science because it is a growing field, and we have job openings,” she says.