Over 250 Towson University students filed into the Chesapeake Room at the University Union Thursday, eager to land a job or internship.
Towson University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held its annual networking fair for Mass Communications and Communication Studies students.
“We put on the Mass Communication & Communication Studies networking fair in order to provide students with internships that relate to their major specifically,” said LeeAnn Summerlin president of Towson’s (PRSSA). “We invited companies related to advertising, public relations, broadcast journalism, and we even have some marketing communication. We like to have a spread to suit a variety of student interests.
There were over 25 employers on hand to potentially offer internship positions to students who qualify.
Students came dressed to impress armed with portfolios and resumes in hopes of meeting with one of the potential employers and securing a much-needed job or internship before classes let out for summer break.
“I’m here at the Mass Communications networking & internship fair because I want to be able to experience a summer where I can be with top professionals to learn more about being in Public Relations and advertising field,” said Monique Brooks Mass Communication’s student.
Given today’s job market and the pressure to secure a job once students graduate from college, an internship is key to success, because you will be gaining valuable experience while still in school. The skills learned at an internship opportunity will help you in the competitive media job market.
“Students that have internship experience; research shows that they are far more likely to be hired for a position,” said Emily Tipton Internship Coordinator/Career adviser, & liaison to the College of Fine Arts & Communication.
One Student is taking advantage of this opportunity instead of complaining about lack of experience.
I don’t really have much experience,” said Brooks. “I’ve only been a gymnastics coach. I worked as a receptionist so having those backgrounds using the skills that I’ve gotten from those jobs I want to be able to apply them to these internships that I am applying for here.”
Many students are asking the question of what exactly are employers looking for from a student who is fresh out of college?
“Based on surveys that are sent out to thousands of employers every year, experience far out-weighs other things like grade-point average,” says Tipton. “Especially in the communications industry; they want students who have hands-on experience creating content, marketing, doing all the things they’re doing already.”
Students are also encouraged to have some good old fashion work ethic, persistence and dedication. These attributes could be the difference in you being hired or not even considered at all.
“I went to the previous internship fair that was held a couple of weeks ago here at Towson,” says Brooks. “I feel like it was a good decision for me to come back and follow up because at least one of the employers seen me and remembered my face which shows my persistence.”