The Career Expo on Oct. 4 saw a record-breaking turnout with over 860 students, 115 employers, and over 40 alumni who came back to campus to recruit SNHU students for internships and jobs.
Held in the Athletic Complex, the gym was transformed into a sea of blue and white pipe and drape, full of employer tables with colorful brochures promoting their open positions. Students dressed in their best professional attire to meet diverse employers and returning alumni in hopes of making connections and securing an interview for an internship or job.
Two alumni from EF Educational Tours returned to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) as recruiters this year. “We are testing out how former students coming and working these events affects our recruiting instead of bringing actual recruiters,” said Amanda Weir, Tour Consultant for EF Educational Tours. “We have talked to a good number of students for internships and sales roles in the company.”
EF Educational Tours is using SNHU alumni as their “recruiters.” This strategy helps bridge the gap with current SNHU students making it easier for them to connect with the company and see themselves working there alongside other alumni.
“I came because I figured it would be a good way to network. I am looking for a fulltime summer position and hopefully a career after that,” said junior Denton Green. Denton continued, saying, “It was a lot bigger than I thought. It’s organized and there is a variety of companies here. It’s a good central spot to find employers instead of having to go and find them on your own,” Green said.
“I like the variety of companies they have here,” said Michael Murphy, second year Degree in Three marketing student. When asked why he attended this event he said, “It would be nice to get an internship this year. I forced myself to walk around and talk to a few employers and now I have a potential internship lined up.”
With so many employers here to recruit SNHU students, the Career Expo is the place where students can connect with employers and alumni, and take the first steps toward their future as working professionals in the growing SNHU community.