Employers come calling at CIU Career and Internship Fair
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
Dr. Scott Adams, the dean of the CIU School of Business & Professional Studies is making sure students and businesses connect before graduation. That’s why Adams organized a Career and Internship Fair.
“[My hope] is that all of our students have a job once they graduate in either a business or in ministry,” Adams said at the fair that featured local businesses and ministries. “Local businesses see Columbia International University as the best kept secret of Columbia. It is my mission to change that because I want people to know who CIU is and increase our visibility.”
Sophomore Terri Smith said having the job fair on campus is a great benefit with a hectic class schedule.
“I like how businesses are approaching college students,” Smith said. “It is a great opportunity to find an internship or job even if you are super busy.”
Stacey Gurley, representing Southern Health and Retirement Planning (SHARP) was on hand looking for interns. She said she is impressed with the CIU students.
“All the students here are so kind and respectful,” Gurley said.
Students were dressed in business attire as they shared their resumes with the potential employers. “We want to do these fairs regularly,” Adams said as he surveyed the Student Center where the employers were chatting with the students.
“The next fair we want to be bigger, (and) increase the way we promote this event to companies in the community. There are many alumni also interested in this,” Adams added.
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