(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The SUNY Buffalo State Career Development Center held its job and internship fair March 9 in the Social Hall of the Campbell Student Union.
The event drew more than 400 students and 62 companies from western New York, which offered a variety of full-time positions and paid internships, in fields such as accounting, communications and sociology.
Lynn Rogers, a counselor at the Career Development Center, said turnout at this year’s fair broke a record for attendance.
“The opportunity for students to find internships, full-time jobs, as well as find out information about organizations, because many times students just need additional career knowledge and information to find out what they want to do after graduation,” said Rogers.
“I think it’s really good that there are so many companies,” said Buffalo State student Olivia Dupuy. “There is literally something here for everybody. There is something for communications, a table I went to, there are a lot of different options.”
Several of the companies’ representatives at the fair were Buffalo State graduates, which allowed students to see that a degree from the school can lead to a great job.
“I know the program very well since I taught here at one point, I graduated from here. I know how the students are taught,” said Lisa Polser, from Channel 4.
“To have you come (from Buffalo State), you’re very prepared for an internship at Channel 4 having started here. We try to target Buffalo State students. We know that you have a good education and that you’re ready for the next level,” she said.
Organizers said the career fair was a great way for students to start looking for opportunities to get more experience before heading into the real world, considering most employers are looking for some type of experience from job candidates.