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A student interacts with an employer at the SDSU Career Fair. (Credit: SDSU Student Affairs) A student interacts with an employer at the SDSU Career Fair. (Credit: SDSU Student Affairs)

Students Connect with Employers at SDSU Career Fair

SDSU’s Fall 2018 Career and Internship Fair will provide students the opportunity to connect with employers whose jobs and internships power the region’s binational economy.
By Catherine Snapp

More than 110 employers from a variety of sectors and industries will meet with students during San Diego State University’s Fall 2018 Career and Internship Fair. 

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by SDSU Career Services, the two-day fair will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Hazard Center in Mission Valley.

The Career Fair, originally planned as an on-campus fair, is free for students, who do not need to pre-register. Students also will have access to free headshots for use on social media, such as LinkedIn. SDSU alumni may attend the Career Fair free of charge and sign up via the SDSU Alumni website

The deadline for employers to register is at noon on Monday, Sept. 10. Companies that will be represented include ADP, Allstate Insurance Company, the American Language Institute, California Coast Credit Union, the California State Auditor and GEICO Direct, Hilton Worldwide and Peace Corps. A full list of participating employers is on the Career Services’ website. 
Students who take the Sycuan Green Line trolley from the SDSU Transit Center can get off at the Hazard Center Station, which is about one city block from the hotel at 7450 Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley. Free trolley passes for the Career Fair will be available, beginning Monday, Sept. 10, in the Career Services office. Students who drive and park at the hotel should stop by the check-in table for details on parking validation.

Organizers say holding the Fall Career and Internship Fair off campus prepares students for future internship and job interviews and raises the profile of university career fairs with employers in the community. A two-day fair and expanded hours on Sept. 12 means more students can fit the Career Fair into their schedules.

“The university is already well-known for its quality education and for students who are job-ready on day one,” said Eric Rivera, vice president for Student Affairs. “The continued growth of our career fairs allows our students access to an expanding pool of employers and the opportunity to build relationships that lead to internships, mentoring, full-time jobs and lifelong connections with a range of employers.” 

More than 60 percent of SDSU graduates remain in San Diego, which benefits employers and bolsters the region’s knowledge economy. Nearly three-quarters of SDSU seniors who responded to last year’s annual survey had found employment before Commencement or planned to continue their education. 

Michael Kumura, a senior in business administration with a leadership minor, attended the spring Just In Time Career Fair that was held at the DoubleTree Hotel. He landed a summer internship at Aerotek, an international staffing and recruiting firm, and the company has offered him a full-time position after graduation.

“I have gained skillsets, mentorships and insights into my career direction all because of attending a Career Fair,” Kumura said. “Attend a Career Fair because you never know who you may meet that might change the trajectory of your life. SDSU Career Services is an amazing resource that can help assist in connecting you with many companies and working professionals to help you achieve your professional goals.”