BRISTOL, R.I. -- From seniors anticipating life after graduation to those students looking for a lead on summer internships, Roger Williams University will offer multiple opportunities in the coming weeks to join students, alumni, employers and graduate school representatives for networking, career and post-graduate planning.
“The Roger Williams University Career Fair is one of the largest career fairs among any of the area colleges, at least in Rhode Island,” says Director of the Career Center Robbin Beauchamp. “It’s a plethora of organizations offering internships, part time jobs, summer jobs, full time jobs, graduate school and service opportunities. Every student should attend, regardless of their class year.”
On Wednesday, March 27, the Career Center will host the 17th annual Career Fair for both current Roger Williams University students and alumni. Contrary to many media reports, Beauchamp says that employers, service organizations, and graduate and professional schools are recruiting. Representatives from a diverse set of organizations including Peace Corps, MEDITECH, FM Global, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gilbane Building Co., Target, Swarovski North America and City Year – among many others – will be in attendance. A full list of vendors is available here.
It is critical for students to take advantage of career-aspirant employment opportunities early in their educational career, Beauchamp says.
“Gone are the days of summer jobs lifeguarding or folding t-shirts or mowing lawns – that’s over,” she says. “As a college student, you should spend your summers doing jobs related to your major or career interests, and you should start by attending this career fair.”
As a follow-up to the Career Fair, the Career Center and the Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor a series of career panel sessions featuring successful alumni from professionals corresponding to academic majors offered at RWU. The Career Conversations will take place on April 3 from 4:00 to 8:15 p.m. in Global Heritage Hall and the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. A full list of panels and faculty moderators is available here. This event is part of an ongoing series of “Life After RWU” career conversations that connects alumni with current students across a variety of disciplines to develop professional acumen via mentoring exercises, classroom visits and networking sessions.