Students entered the Bordy Theater eager to speak to representatives from companies like the Boston Globe and Penguin Random House at the Career Development Center’s Internship & Career Fair on Wednesday.
“Regardless of your major or career path, the key is to start early, stay proactive, and take advantage of the resources and guidance offered by the Career Development Center,” said Linh Nguyen, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement for the Career Development Center. “Building a strong network, gaining relevant experience, and preparing yourself for the job search process will increase your chances of securing internships and job opportunities in your desired field.”
“Going into the second semester of my junior year, I feel like it’s important to connect with the job hunting process,” said Journalism major Callie Krosin ’25. “I came in pretty open-minded.”
Political Communications major Clarisa Carrillo ’24 spoke with reps for Live Nation, the City of Boston, and Hearst. As she prepares for a career after Emerson, she recommended that younger students start early in the job search process.
“Be ahead of the game,” Carrillo said. “For me, over the summer I applied for 20 internships and heard back from three or four. Always go above and beyond, have really strong resumes and cover letters and understand thousands of people apply for these, so you just have to apply to as many as you can see yourself in.”
David Pina, a talent acquisition specialist for the City of Boston, gave out information on the city’s summer internship program and career opportunities.
“We had some folks intern at the City this past summer from Emerson,” Pina said, “and it went really well.”
Emerson alum Marysa Angelli ’14, who majored in Stage and Production Management, represented Live Nation at the fair. Angelli worked part-time at Broadway Across America while at Emerson, and became an operations manager right after graduating. That led her to becoming an experience manager at Live Nation, one of the world’s leading live entertainment companies, in 2018.
Angelli said the best way to get a full-time position was to get a foot in the door with a part-time job while attending Emerson.
“There’s no day in this 365-day year when we’re not trying to hire part-time staff,” Angelli said. “We almost don’t hire employees externally, because we have so many part-time staff that are really great, and we know them, so why would we hire someone that we don’t know?”
Drew Genova, MA ’22, Assistant Director of Career Access and Equity at the Career Development Center, said the fair was a success. This is the first in-person career fair event since before the COVID-19 shutdown.
“We’ve had a really great turnout and students really like it,” Genova said. “I think it’s a great way to be person-to-person and learn about what employers have to offer, talking to alumni and what they’re doing. It’s just another way to get involved.”