August 24, 2015
Student Success Center to Host Internship Fair for Students
The Student Success Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College will host an internship fair on Thursday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library on the Buckhannon campus.
The fair will be a way for students to meet with local business owners to begin building relationships that could potentially lead to internship opportunities. A LinkedIn photo booth will also provide students the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken to display on their social media sites or to include in internship applications.
Internships are required for many majors at Wesleyan, and the fair is one way the Center is reaching out to connect community and campus.
"This Internship Fair is going to be an outstanding opportunity for our students and community alike to make connections and provide mutual support,” stated Jill Okes ’09, experiential learning coordinator and facilitator of the event. “The goal is for our students to discover internships on their very doorstep where they may develop employable skills and experience, as well as connect with the community on a higher level.”
As part of this endeavor, the Center, in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services, is also hosting a “What Not to Wear: Dress for Success” fashion show to be held on Wednesday, October 28 in Wesley Chapel. The purpose of the program is to show students how to dress professionally for internship and job interviews.
"The What Not to Wear fashion show is not only a great way for students to show off their own style, but also learn more about professional dress,” stated Robert Quarles, director of multicultural programs & services. “This is our idea of an educational double whammy. We want our students to look great and learn how to rock their first job interview.”
Students will also be exposed to information sessions on the day of the fair. Sessions such as “Creating and/or polishing your LinkedIn Profile,” “Social Media Professionalism,” and “Making Externships Affordable” are some sessions that will be offered.
By the conclusion of the program, Okes hopes that students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of professional attire and persona, determine at least three internships that are best-suited for their abilities, practice a well-versed professional summary to share with potential internship hosts, and cultivate acquaintances and networks to advance internship and career opportunities.
“The Internship Fair aligns with West Virginia Wesleyan's mission to develop critical thinkers, effective communicators, and citizens who invest in their local and global communities," Okes said.
Fore more information on the Internship Fair or to participate on the business level, please contact Jill Okes, experiential learning coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 473-8607. Information on the Student Success Center can be found here.
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