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Employers come out for Job-A-Palooza

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- For college students, recent alumni or those whose diplomas have collected a couple inches of dust, a summer can be a terrible thing to waste.

More than 20 employers came out to showcase available internships and part-time jobs during Marshall University Career Service's Job-A-Palooza Wednesday at the Memorial Student Center lobby on the Huntington campus.

Shelby Paxton, human resources associate with BrickStreet Insurance in Charleston, said her company is looking for 25-30 hardworking individuals to be summer interns in a wide variety of departments.

"These are full-time, eight-hour-a-day, five-days-a-week summer jobs," Paxton said. "Our internships provide a meaningful work experience. The positions are very competitive and at the end of the summer our interns go through performance evaluations just like our full-time employees."

For some, internships may be nothing more than a summer job, or a box to check on a list of graduation requirements. For others, it is the first step to life after college.

Chase Lafferty, senior energy management major from Fayetteville, W.Va., said his biggest advice to fellow students is to be selective when choosing an internship.

"You only do one or two of them, so you have to pick the right one," Lafferty said. "You can never start looking too early. I actually went out to a career fair a couple years ago, and met with an insurance company that I've already taken a personality test with and I'm almost to the interview stage with."

Even if someone comes, checks out all the vendors and walks away without really considering anything, it is important to see what is out there and start making connections, Lafferty said.

Job-A-Palooza was the first of a series of career fair events scheduled for the 2014 spring semester. Those seeking a complete list of upcoming Career Services events can go to www.marshall.edu/Career-services/events.

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