Monday, October 22, 2012

Journalism majors gathered for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s annual Career and Internship Fair on Monday, October 22 at 1 p.m. The event is a place where current University of Maryland students can talk to prospective employers and recruiters, and was held in the Stamp Student Union Grand Ballroom.
  Employers are stationed at tables throughout the ballroom. Aaron Sisko and Dilian Gencheva of the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation wait for students to arrive at their table.
Ameson offers the opportunity to teach in China as one of their programs. The program is specifically looking for graduate students, so many students make the choice to wait on other lines instead.

The lines at the fair are long, as many students want to talk to the same companies. Recruiters from USA Today, SiriusXM Radio, Sinclair Broadcast Group, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and NBC Universal were all in attendance among others.

Sophomore Adam Akelson waits on line to speak to a recruiter from WTOP, a Washington, D.C. radio station. The waiting is nerve wracking and tedious for many.

Akelson holds his resume, an important part of getting hired for a job or internship. Recruiters generally want undergraduates with journalism experience, a part of the resume Adam highlights.

 The fair also offered panels on multiplatform and sports journalism. The panels included distinguished journalists, many of which are alums of the University.

Refreshments were served and food was prepared for the students. The snacks were a welcome break from the interview environment.

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