Career and Internship Fair draws record crowd

April 16, 2015

The largest Career and Internship Fair in Eckerd history was held Wednesday at Fox Hall.

More than 50 employers from across the Tampa Bay area were on hand to discuss job and internship possibilities. More than 250 students turned out.

“It was really impressive as far as the number of job opportunities you provided,’’ said Jonathan Bonner, program manager for Academy Prep in St. Petersburg and a 2010 Eckerd graduate.

Bonner was one of many Eckerd alumni who attended the fair on behalf of local employers. The event drew twice the number of employers who attended who attended last year’s fair, said Grant Bailey, director of Career Services.

“We were very pleased with the response from local employers and it was great to see so many alumni here showing our students what the possibilities after graduation,” Bailey said. “The students were very engaged and many left with solid leads on internship and job opportunities. Many of the employers emphasized the value of a liberal arts education and that they were specifically looking for Eckerd students and graduates because they have strong writing, analytical reasoning and communication skills and are collaborative leaders.”