More than love was in the air when thousands of students swarmed the Student Recreation Center on Valentine’s Day. Students were seen all over campus in their dress clothes as they tried to impress recruiters at the Colorado School of Mines Spring Career Fair.
With over 190 companies represented, this was the “largest Spring Career Day in the history of Mines and the third largest of any Mines Career Day event,” stated Jean-Manning Clark, Director of Mines Career Center. About 600 company recruiters were at the event and over 2,200 students attended, making it the largest attendance for a Spring Career Day. Additionally, 49 companies were new to recruiting at Mines. “It was exciting that it was the biggest Spring Career Day,” said sophomore Becca Wienand.
Obtaining one or more internships before graduation is highly encouraged at Mines. The school is ranked second in the nation for students graduating with at least one internship experience. Because it is such a reputable engineering school, companies give Mines students special consideration when recruiting for internship and full-time positions.
“It seemed like there were two extremes,” Wienand said. “They either really wanted people or already had their positions filled. It was a hit or miss.” This was a common observation according to students who attended. “This drilling company pulled me aside and offered me an interview even though I wasn’t interested,” said junior Kevin Tan.
While most students were trying to get jobs, some students simply went for the free pens, mugs, bags, and pads of engineering paper. Many students were even able to go home with a full loaf of bread courtesy of a recruiting bakery.
The Spring Career Day was a success, and the days that followed were filled with information sessions and interviews as students put their best foot forward to land an internship or full-time position.