Brown University News Bureau

The Brown University News Bureau

1996-1997 index

Distributed February 18, 1997
Contact: Richard Morin

Summer job and internship fair for Brown students to be held Feb. 20

The nature of career planning services is changing rapidly. This year, the number of corporate and nonprofit representatives attending Brown's Summer Job and Internship Fair Feb. 20 has risen 47 percent.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Trying to get a jump on their careers, hundreds of Brown University students will visit Sayles Hall from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, to discuss internship opportunities with representatives from dozens of companies and non-profit organizations at the second annual Summer Job and Internship Fair.

More than 55 companies and non-profit organizations will be represented at this year's fair. They include: Conde Nast Publications, Goldman Sachs & Co., Price Waterhouse, Hewlett Packard, Americorps, Perkins School for the Blind, and The Fresh Air Fund.

Editors: Although not open to the public, reporterss are welcome to attend the fair and speak with students and visiting representatives about the changing job market.

Internship opportunities are important for students entering an increasingly competitive job market. "Students with a Brown degree can get their foot in the door. But if they don't have any experience in the work world they are going to be behind other job candidates with comparable educations," said Sheila Curran, director of career planning services.

Last year's job and internship fair attracted more than 800 Brown students. Because of a 47-percent increase in the number of organizational representatives this year, the Office of Career Planning Services is expecting a significant increase in students at this year's fair.

"We are seeing more and more students starting internships earlier in their college careers," said Curran. "We even have prospective students' parents asking us what services we have available to help students secure internships. The nature of career planning services is rapidly changing."