HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 28, 2017) – It is no secret Hampton University students are the “cream of the crop” and major corporations know it too. Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Choice Hotels International and NASA were among the 114 companies and government agencies looking for Hampton University students at this year’s fall career fair.
Hampton University’s Career Center Director Bessie Willis says the career fair is the largest in the Hampton Roads area. It draws more than 2,000 Hampton University students and alumni each year.
“This is an opportunity for students to network with major companies across the country,” Willis said. “They are recruiting for internships, full-time jobs and some are interviewing on the spot.”
Some companies invited students to weekend information sessions and conduct formal interviews as early as the next week.
Comcast Corporation, the largest broadcast and cable television company in world by revenue, was on the lookout for students with backgrounds in business, technology or finance to fill their paid summer internship positions.
“There is nothing more refreshing than meeting a student who has already done their research about the company,” said Christine Kane, University Relations Campus Specialist for Comcast. “The worst thing a student can say is, ‘what do you have for me?’”
Not long ago, Kane started her career with the company as an intern as well. Today, she gets to travel for Comcast, talking one-on-one with students about the opportunities she was once afforded.
Among the many words of wisdom Kane shared for future interns is, “network, network, network. It is more than just coming in and doing a job every day. You have to meet the right people, get involved, volunteer, and get your name out there.”
Hampton University senior Cherise McAdoo, a marketing major, hopes to have a job offer before graduation.
She put her networking and research skills to the test the minute she walked in the room.
“So many companies are saying, ‘we want to see what you can do, we think you have great potential,’” McAdoo said. “It is awesome. I am graduating next year, so I am looking for the perfect fit for me.”