HPU Students Build Professional Networks at Career and Internship Expo

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High Point University’s Office of Career and Professional Development hosted its annual Career and Internship Expo event in Cottrell Hall on Sept. 25.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 26, 2019 – High Point University students grew their professional connections and job interviewing skills on Sept. 25. The entire day was dedicated to career development opportunities, including three Employer Panels and a Career and Internship Expo.

Dressed professionally and carrying copies of their resumes, the students had opportunities to meet with employers one-on-one and discuss what companies are looking for in new hires. Panel discussions covered the topics of networking, how to land your dream job, and diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace.

The Office of Career and Professional Development not only organized the large variety of hands-on learning experiences, but the office also prepared students to foster positive relationships with employers that can lead to internships or full-time positions.

“It gives me a huge morale boost to know that at any point in time I can look to HPU to offer networking events like these,” says Christian Dixon, a sophomore sport management major. “These events are incredibly helpful.”

Andrea Whiticar, assistant vice president of human resources at Tanger Outlets, participated in the Employer Panel on landing your dream internship/job and encouraged students to continue to pursue internship opportunities.

“We’ve had several interns from HPU and their skillset, professionalism and willingness to complete what they are asked really stood out to us,” said Whiticar.

More than 30 employers met with students of all majors during the Career and Internship Expo held in HPU’s Cottrell Hall.

“I’ve not heard of other schools that provide this many opportunities to network with employers,” said James Capps, a sophomore finance and philosophy double major, who is pursuing internship opportunities. “High Point University has given me the confidence to walk up to potential employers knowing that my experience here is arming me with the skills they are looking for.”

Jessica Reed, a campus recruiter with Gartner, says the company has hired a long list of HPU students and alumni as full-time employees and interns.

“HPU students have the highest business acumen, great communication skills and confidence in their skills,” said Reed. “I feel like they are set up for success. The classes they take are very relevant to the business world, and they get hands-on training on campus. I can see that when they’re in our internship program.”

Will Jackson is a supplier relationship manager at Volvo. Like Gartner, they have had positive experiences with HPU students and alumni.“We love hiring local from HPU, especially for our engineering, operations and purchasing programs,” said Jackson. “There is a lot of great talent coming out of HPU, and we look forward to welcoming plenty more.”

Among the employers in Cottrell Hall was Kontoor Brands, Inc., the parent company for Wrangler, Lee and Rock & Republic denim brands.

“We’ve always had talented students from HPU,” said Mari Fujino, talent acquisition specialist. “They come with a lot of experience and a great educational background that we’re always looking for.”

Each year, the expo provides students with opportunities to network with employers and discuss industry trends in particular fields.

“The Career and Internship Expo is one of the major examples of how our Office of Career and Professional Development educates and empowers High Point University students to translate experiential learning to the professional world as it will be,” said Dr. Bill Gentry, director of HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development. “We continuously have great employers who want to come to our campus, get to know our students and recruit them for internships and future employment. They serve as role models and teachers themselves who give great feedback and career advice to our students.”

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