Ups and downs: Students get info on careers and internships

By: Various
Feb 25, 2016
By JORDAN GEDDIS
Long, tired faces and some excited ones too filled the Smith-Hammond-Middleton gym for the annual CHEC Career Expo for Claflin, South Carolina State and OCtech students.
Businesses such as ABC-Columbia television, Verizon and BMW were in present, looking for interns and future employees. Students passed resumes and exchanged business cards and numbers with dream companies. Some left disappointed.
"I would've liked to have seen Boeing come back this year," Claflin student Steven Fuller said.
Fuller is interested in the management field and he felt like there were more companies for other majors than for his interest.
Fuller did say he would check out BMW, which was one of more than 70 firms represented at the 19th annual Community Higher Education Council Career Expo on Feb. 23.
Verizon interested many students. And Verizon was interested in them, revealing interest in people who are passionate about technology and willing to help customers.
Verizon has about 53 internships and is looking for students with these skills in business, networking and marketing.
ABC-Columbia had internship applications for students interested in online roles involving writing, editing and directing.

‘Definite success’

By KEEGAN FRANKLIN
They came with a purpose.
Students filled the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Tuesday for the CHEC Career Expo.
Companies set up to help students learn and network for part-time and full-time positions, and internships.
“My purpose today was to try to find a part-time job and to help with experience in the future,” Deidrell Sansburry said.
Junior sociology major Deidrell Sansburry found the autism project interesting. It seeks to help children with autism learn how to read and write so that they can move into public schools.
“Today’s career fair was a definite success for me I came out with four job opportunities,” James Sneed said.
The sophomore biology major said that the career fair teaches students how to approach or present themselves to companies.
“The career fair was pretty good, but I wish it would have lasted longer because it conflicted with a few of my classes,” Cabresha Smith said.
The senior biology major said the career fair was great as it presented a lot of good opportunities for students seeking jobs. Smith also said it gave her a confidence boost being that she made some good connections with a few companies.
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