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Leeandria Williams
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Career Exploration Week is a Win-Win for Recruiters and Students

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2013) – This week, more than 150 recruiters and graduate school representatives converged on Howard University’s campus for the Career Education, Development & Research (CEDAR) Center’s bi-annual career fair in the Blackburn Center, looking for the best and brightest of Howard’s students and alumni.

“If you are looking for diverse talent that is top talent, you go to Howard University,” said Kenya Jacobs, senior manager of Early Career Development at Ingersoll Rand. “Everybody has diversity goals, and we want to make sure we have a workforce that reflects our communities.”

In addition to Ingersoll Rand, other global business leaders such as Chrysler, Google Inc., Deloitte, S.C. Johnson, and PepsiCo actively sought candidates for internships and direct hire positions.  For many of them, this is not the first time.

“We had two interns come from here for our highly competitive program and one direct hire,” said Melissa Fields, a Howard alumna and research scientist for S.C. Johnson.  “It’s basically a one stop shop that you can get marketing, communications, and engineers all at once.”

Not only did recruiters interview those looking for positions,  they also offered advice to students just starting the internship/ job journey.

Freshman finance major, Jerald Gooden of Farmington, Conn., learned some great lessons on networking.

“This is my first career fair,” said Gooden. “ I’ve talked to about eight companies so far and got contact email addresses to follow up. It’s a little overwhelming, but you have to be prepared.”

Companies were not only looking for experience and good academic standing, but also well-rounded individuals.

“We are a merit-driven company,” said Emily Gauss, a supply chain specialist at Chrysler. “But more than anything, we want to make sure you are a great person to work with.” 

The fair was part of the CEDAR Center’s fall 2013 Career Exploration Week from Sept. 23-26, that features resume critiques, interview tips, networking seminars, and motivational speaker panels.  For more information on Howard University’s career services, visit


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