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Russ College spring career fair welcomes more than 50 employers

Bennett Leckrone | Feb 18, 2019
2019 Career Fair

Russ College spring career fair welcomes more than 50 employers

Bennett Leckrone | Feb 18, 2019

The Stocker Center Lobby and Academic & Research Center Living Room Atrium were bustling last week at the Russ College’s spring career fair with students seeking that next internship or their first full-time job. Students networked on Thurs.-Fri, Feb. 14-15, with representatives from more than 50 companies.

Among those prospective employers was Russ College electrical engineering alumnus John Pribula, (degree/year),  a site reliability lead at data integration company Palantir Technologies.

“The Russ College has always had a good outreach to companies,” he said. “They make sure they’re keeping up to date with new technologies.”

Palantir represented just one of the large companies at the fair. Several Fortune 500 companies, including Honda and General Mills, also participated.

Students from majors across the Russ College found opportunities. Hannah Benson, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, said she spoke with General Mills, Solvay and Messer Construction.

Benson, who said she was looking for a summer internship, said this was her first Russ College career fair. She noted that while they might be nerve wracking, she felt well prepared to speak with company representatives thanks to a Russ College career orientation course. 

“They prepare you on how to speak and how to dress,” Benson said. “That was very helpful and put me at an advantage.”

Benjamin Shuster, a sophomore studying engineering and technology management, also took the class and said it prepared him to build his resume and develop a pitch for speaking with companies.

“You learn best from experience. I like that there are multiple fairs throughout the year,” Shuster said. “They give you a lot of opportunity to continue going.”

Potential employers noted the students’ preparedness as well. Tracy Thomas, a co-op recruiter at Independence Excavating, was attending for the second time.

“The OU engineering program is very strong,” Thomas said. “Students are well prepared with good communication skills and knowledge.”

The Russ College Office of Professional Experiences hosts three engineering and technology career fairs, and a host of career development workshops, each academic year.

Colleen Carow and Marissa McDaid contributed to this story.