More than 100 students from JWU’s College of Engineering & Design stopped in at this year’s Technology Career Fair to network with 15+ of the top companies in the industry.
“The Technology Career Fair was the 7th career fair that Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS) hosted this fall and it was a tremendous success. The employers represented many facets of the technology industry,” says Maureen Dumas, vice president of EE&CS. Employers included
- EveryBill FM
- Global General Dynamics, Electric Boat
- Hill Holliday
- Integrated Media Group
- Johnson & Johnson
- Rhode Island Air National Guard
- Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA)
- The Ivy League Group
- Virgin Pulse
“The ability to host the fair in the Center for Science & Innovation provided easy access to students and an opportunity for the university to showcase the center’s cutting-edge facilities to employers,” Dumas says. She adds that several employers brought not only their college recruitment team, but also JWU alumni to speak to students present at the fair. “Alumni and current student interns were present at the company booths for (add)ventures, Hill Holliday, EveryBill, FM Global, Johnson & Johnson and Linchpin.”
You have very talented students at JWU, and that’s why we’re here today.”
Ask the Right Questions
“You have very talented students at JWU, and that’s why we’re here today,” says Tara Awal, manager and scrum master at Johnson & Johnson. “We’re looking to hire for our summer intern co-op program and also for our Information Technology Leadership Development Program (ITLDP). Johnson & Wales offers a good developer program — we need front end and back end developers, as well as mobile developers.”
Accompanying Awal at the fair were Carly O’Keefe ’18 and Preston Perriott ’17, who were recently hired full-time by the company, and Brian Olencki ’18 who’s currently completing an internship.
“Working with Carly, Preston and Brian is great. They’re easy to work with because they’re hungry, humble and smart — which is what we’re looking for. They have the business and work ethic we’re looking for. They ask the right questions and they are ready to do the work,” adds Awal.
Also attending the fair was Jasmine Turner ’16, an Advertising & Marketing Communications major who now works as an assistant platform media strategist for Hill Holliday. “I interned at Hill Holliday last summer and loved the experience,” she says. “I’ve come back to JWU to help the company with the recruiting because I like to share my experiences with current students.”
A Unique Experience
Employers at the fair came to Johnson & Wales looking to fill internship positions in a wide range of areas including: digital design and video production; software, electronics and electrical engineering; marketing and research; application development; cyber security and network infrastructure; information technology and data analytics; graphic and web design; and more.
“Our boutique fair offers an amazing opportunity for our students, because we’re able to bring in technology, design, engineering and computer science companies here right to them,” says Frank Tweedie, dean of the College of Engineering & Design. “It gives our students an opportunity to speak with employers one-on-one. And they feel a little bit more comfortable being inside their own building.”
The companies present at the fair are tremendous, so this is a success for us.”
Tweedie adds that this type of event offers first-year students and sophomores the chance to experience a career fair early in their academic career. “It’s good for them to come and see what it’s all about because they’re going to have to do this when they’re junior and seniors,” he adds. “It’s an amazing opportunity, and it’s also a learning moment for our students. The companies present at the fair are tremendous, so this is a success for us.”