Now Is the Time to Find Jobs and Internships as Potential Employers Visit Allegheny Campus
It’s still relatively early in the semester, but now is the time for Allegheny College students to think about and plan what they would like to be doing this summer, especially when it comes to internships and gaining valuable work experience.
That’s the message from Jim Fitch, Allegheny’s director of career education, who says there are a number of potential employers who will be visiting campus to discuss career opportunities and internships in February and throughout the semester.
“Savvy students will attend the sessions to learn about opportunities and to identify whether or not they can see themselves working in these fields,” Fitch says. “Students realize that along with the world-class education they receive at Allegheny College they need to demonstrate tangible experience to employers in order to compete in today’s marketplace.“
“Frequently, employers, like Cornerstone and ScienceLogic, use their internship programs as an extended interview. They are able to ‘test drive’ an intern, also allowing the intern to ‘test drive’ the employer,” Fitch says. “The information sessions allow students to see real people pursuing careers that may be of interest to them and to ask themselves, ‘Can I see myself doing this?’ ”
Companies scheduled to make campus visits in February include:
• Three Generation Technology, Monday, February 3, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. On-site interviews in Pelletier Library to fill positions for social media app developer summer internships.
• Cornerstone Research, Tuesday, February 4, 5 p.m, in Quigley Hall 220. Virtual information session with Allegheny alumni presenting a premier internship experience as a summer analyst in New York City or Boston. Ninety percent of the previous Cornerstone summer analysts received offers of full-time employment at the end of their internships, Fitch says.
• Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART), Tuesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. This is another virtual information session. DART hires graduating seniors as community organizers taking on issues such as gun violence, women’s health, homelessness at various locations around the country. Students are asked to register online to attend this virtual session.
• Child Care Careers, Wednesday, February 5, 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. Child Care Careers works with all types of child-care organizations, including public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, school districts, and community organizations. They are seeking students who would like to enter the field of early childhood education and are offering summer and full-time positions.
• U.S. Navy, Thursday, February 6, 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. The Navy is recruiting for a variety of positions for graduating seniors. They’re highlighting student loan repayment and signing bonuses for students of various majors. As an example, a computer science major who would like to enter the data security field with the Navy can receive a $40,000 signing bonus.
• PULSE Pittsburgh, Thursday, February 13, 12:15 p.m. in Pelletier 310, the Collaboratory. Two alumni who currently serve with PULSE will be on campus to present year-of-service opportunities with nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh to graduating seniors.
• Pacific Architects and Engineers, careers in the Intelligence/National Security field, date to be determined. PAE is a contractor that would like to hire sophomores or juniors for summer internships, starting those interns in the process to obtain a security clearance that will allow them to enter the intelligence field when they graduate.
“Other organizations want to hire Gators and have asked us to market their opportunities,” Fitch said. Those companies include:
• Acutec Precision Aerospace, internships and full-time positions in numerous functional areas in the aerospace industry. Applications are due by February 14.
• ScienceLogic, software engineering and project management internships in northern Virginia. ScienceLogic uses their internships as their primary recruiting tool for full-time employment following graduation. Applications are due by February 28.
• Senscio Systems, an alumni connected opportunity that offers our health-coach internships, introducing an artificial intelligence tool to support the management of patients in the home and to help keep them healthy. Deadline to be determined.
Fitch also reminds students that with the new Handshake platform, students and recent graduates can search for job postings, build a profile and receive recommendations for positions that match their interests and skills. In addition, they can apply for positions through Handshake, which can be accessed through its website and its apps for iOS and Android, he said.
Students with questions about career opportunities and internships should contact the Office of Career Education in the Allegheny Gateway at (814) 332-2381.