Career Expo provides opportunities for Marshall students


Son Nguyen

Cabell-Huntington Hospital represntative George Wright speaks to student Mary Workman at the Career Expo, April 5, 2016.

Career Services staff organized a Career Expo for Marshall University students Tuesday.

Over 80 businesses attended the event and between 250 and 300 students were expected to attend the event.

Assistant director for development and outreach for Career Services Debby Stoler said the event is a lot of planning and getting set up.

“The companies that come are always happy to be here and seem to be very successful in finding student candidates,” Stoler said.

Stoler said it is important for students to network and find out what’s out there to get a start on internships and contacts for future full-time employment.

Chief recruiting officer for Northwestern Mutual Nicole Pearson said she is looking to recruit on campus for their Top 10 internship.

“A majority of our representatives are Marshall alum, so we like to give back to the school and the campus and recruit from Marshall,” Stoler said.

Pearson also said their internship is not major specific. They are looking for students who are entrepreneurial driven and looking to have a different experience in an internship program.

“They have the opportunity to get licensed in life and health insurance and actually work with clients and start transitioning in to a full time opportunity in financial services once they graduate,” Pearson said.

Brickstreet Insurance’s Shelby Paxton said she is looking for interns for the claims, underwriting, project management, human resources, accounting/IT and legal departments. Paxton said she was looking to hire about two dozen interns.

“We definitely take the opportunity to attend and make students aware of all the different internships we have available for each summer as well as the entry level and full-time positions,” Pearson said.

Senior business/marketing major Briana Lewis said the reason she attended the career expo was because she is looking for a job right now. Lewis said her goal was to talk to five to seven employers.

“I am trying to establish myself for when I graduate in May,” Lewis said, “There are great employers here and I want to establish myself with them to get a job.”

Career Services sponsors career expos every spring and fall. All students are welcome to participate.

Cheyenne DeBolt can be contacted at [email protected].