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Career Week and Fair Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary

Every winter, the Career & Development Office invites a bevy of companies, nonprofits, graduate schools and alumni to campus to help students of all class years find internship and job opportunities. The two-part event, now in its 10th year, includes a one-day Career & Internship Fair and a week-long series of career-oriented presentations and panels

More than 40 companies, nonprofit organizations and graduate schools will be participating in the Fair, which takes place on Friday, February 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Edmunds Ballroom in the Smith Campus Center

“Every year, we host a wide array of organizations [at the Fair] to meet the broad interests of our students,” says CDO Director Carl Martellino. “The Fair has opportunities for students from all class years—internships, fellowships, full-time jobs, and graduate programs—all in one place. Interests for opportunities to serve are high on the list of our students, and we have a number of nonprofit organizations.

Career Week, which occurs from February 9 to 13, offers students 29 workshops and presentations, many of which feature alumni discussing their careers and providing advice. “The Career Week program is a great way for students to connect with many alumni right on campus,” says Martellino. The programs feature specific careers (media, consulting, finance, education, marketing and entertainment, for example); post-graduate opportunities like fellowships, graduate school, law school and medical school; and tips on networking, job searching and interviewing

Even in today’s tough economy, the number of organizations participating in the fair has remained high, says Martellino, because of the CDO’s extensive outreach efforts. In fact, the fair is so large, Pomona has invited students from all the Claremont Colleges and other local small private colleges like Occidental, Whittier and Azusa Pacific

“The most important thing is we want parents and students to know that even amidst some of the most severe economic turmoil since the Great Depression, organizations are still hiring—and they’re especially interested in talented students like those at Pomona College. There are great internships and jobs out there. It certainly takes more effort, but the career fair is a great place to look.

Martellino says that it’s important for students to broaden their options. For example, if a student is interested in finance, banks may not be hiring, but there are finance jobs in other settings. “If a student has a dream, it can still be realized, but there may be some detours and twists and turns that weren’t there a year ago”, says Martellino, “but over time, our students will achieve their goals and opportunities will be there for them.

Note: Photos are from the 2007-08 Career & Internship Fair.