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At the LaunchIn Panel and Career Fair, students will have the opportunity to meet employers from local startups. At the LaunchIn Panel and Career Fair, students will have the opportunity to meet employers from local startups.
 


Students Launch their Entrepreneurial Careers

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will host the LaunchIn Panel and Career Fair on Wednesday, April 26.
By Katie Stanchis
 

The stereotypical internship nowadays is often portrayed as a collection of menial tasks such as grabbing coffee or filing papers. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University, on the other hand, aims to place students in internships and jobs where they gain useful skills that will benefit their careers.

The Lavin Center is hosting the LaunchIn Panel and Career Fair from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The panel will feature three guest speakers, while the career fair will serve as a hiring event for entrepreneurial-minded students seeking internships.

“You can’t learn more from anybody than an entrepreneur or a growing business,” said Cyrus Mostashari, the director of the internship program at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

Two of the guest speakers are recent alumni who have successfully started their careers with the help of the entrepreneurship programs offered at SDSU. Cody Barbo successfully launched the job-seeking site Industry, while Jeff Gordon ('02) created the app TapHunter, which helps customers find the bar that serves their favorite drink.

After the speakers’ presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to meet employers from local startups. These companies are looking for students who can make a difference in their company.

Mostashari has seen huge success with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s regular internship program, but notes the unique opportunities of working for a startup.

“I firmly believe that students who are hired by one of these companies, will learn a lot more during their first years on the job than students working for a corporation,” said Mostashari. “They’ll be able to make more decisions, they’ll have more autonomy, and they’ll grow with the company.”

For more information on the event and the companies that will be present, visit the LaunchIn website.