Southeast Students Invited to Explore ‘Next Step’ at Inaugural Fall Career and Internship Fair


The Career and Internship Fair allows students to meet and make connections with professionals in the area.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2014 – More than 60 area employers are registered to meet Southeast Missouri State University students of all majors at the first ever fall 2014 Career and Internship Fair Oct. 9 in the Student Recreation Center-North.

Students interested in exploring internships or career and job opportunities as they begin to transition to their “next step” in the world of work or graduate school should attend, said Joyce Hunter, outreach and events coordinator for Southeast’s Career Services.  The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This will be a great opportunity to ‘network’ with employers,” she said.

Organizations attending the fair represent a local, regional, national and international spectrum, including the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Federal Bureau of Investigation, S.M. Wilson & Co., U.S. Peace Corps, Buchheit, Inc., NISC, Perry County School District #32, Noranda Aluminum, United States Probation and more. This will give students from each major the chance to meet someone in their respective fields. A complete, updated list can be found on the Career Services website at

Michele Tapp, director of Academic and Career Advising in the office of Career Services at Southeast, said “Students and employers expressed an overwhelming interest to make connections both in the fall and spring semesters. We are pleased to be able to honor this request and introduce this inaugural fall Career and Internship Fair.”

Zachary Bays, Southeast admissions counselor and alumnus, attended the Career and Internship Fair last spring as a Southeast student.

“The Career and Internship Fair gave me a competitive edge,” said Bays. “It made me feel more comfortable speaking with employers when it was time to search for a job. It [the career fair]prepares you for certain things that are going to come your way. It’s about the overall experience.”

Students interested in exploring internships or career and job opportunities will be able to meet people from organizations that are directly related to their field of study.

“This is an ideal opportunity to connect, become familiar and comfortable and learn how to make a great impression,” said Joyce Hunter, coordinator of Outreach and Events in the Office of Career Services.

Students who attend the fair are encouraged to dress professionally, bring an updated copy of their resume and research each company they plan to visit ahead of time.

“Employers have shared that students only have one chance to make a good ‘first impression’,” said Hunter. “Professional dress, a solid resume and students who have researched the company ahead of time really make the best first impressions.”

According to Hunter, preferred dress for men is a dress shirt, tie, slacks, dress shoes and socks. For women the preferred dress is a dress blouse (nothing low cut, tight or that shows midriff), jackets/twin sweater sets, modest length skirts, dresses, pant suits and dress shoes. If students do not have these particular garments, collared shirts, khaki pants and Dockers, and dress shoes are acceptable.

Students who are unable to attend the fair have the option of uploading their resume in Southeast’s e-recruiting system REDConnect to the Fall Career Fair Resume Book where employers will be able to view students’ resumes both before and after the event, Hunter said.

Registration for employers is open through Friday, Oct. 3, at The Career and Internship Fair is free for employers and organizations to attend.