On Thursday Oct. 8, MSU students in professional attire gathered in the SUB ballrooms, talking with representatives from 198 companies, many of whom were MSU alumni. Employers attending the event ranged from well-known nationwide companies such as Boeing and Micron to smaller, more local companies such as Montana Precision Products and Sidney Sugars. The event gave students the opportunity to make professional connections and explore opportunities for internships and full-time positions.
Lines formed at some of the more popular companies’ booths as students waited for a chance to chat and give out resumes. Representatives described their companies and available job openings, as they handed out information packets and free gifts.
On the Friday following the fair, some companies conducted on-campus interviews, choosing candidates based on resumes and interactions during the fair.
The career fair is organized by MSU Career, Internship and Student Employment Services. It has been an annual event since 1987. MSU also hosts a career fair every spring. In the weeks leading up to the career fair, there were many sessions held on campus to help prepare students. Some companies held information sessions and the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offered drop-in resume critiques and mock interview practices. Of the 198 companies that attended the fair, three companies were looking to hire students with majors in the College of Nursing, five from Gallatin College Programs, eight from the College of Arts and Architecture, eight from the College of Education, Health and Human Development, 16 from the College of Agriculture, 18 from the College of Letters and Science, 50 from the College of Business, and 126 from the College of Engineering, with 48 companies looking to hire all majors.