Smith Career Center Events Provide Numerous Opportunities for Many Business Students

Additional images

February 21, 2014

By Lindsay Anderson

For the last two weeks, business students have participated in two influential events sponsored by Bradley University’s Smith Career Center.

Last week, the spring job and internship fair brought 150 employers, which proved to be the largest spring job fair in Bradley University history.

“Students were really making an effort to target the employers that genuinely interested them,” said Joe Battelline, Smith Career Center assistant director and Foster College of Business Career Advisor. “We always encourage students to target and engage in intentional conversations as opposed to scouting employers at random. Overall, that was satisfying to witness.”

International business major Allison Burtoft ‘14 was one of those business students engaging with a variety of potential employers.  She visited the booths of C.H. Robinson, Echo Global Logistics, MSDS Online, Worldwide Express and Hon Company.

“I was searching for a full-time position in logistics, marketing and sales,” Burtoft said.  “I loved how excited the employers and students were!  This spring, it really felt like students were passionate about showing the value of hiring a Bradley graduate.  It was nice to talk to recruiters about the position, but also great to have them listen to you discuss key values and relating to the company overall.”

Finance major Max Bromley ’15 agreed with Burtoft on the overall enthusiasm of both students and employers at the job fair. 

“I visited Enterprise, Northwestern Mutual, Midwest Securities and State Farm looking for an internship, Bromley said. “Most employers were easy to talk to, and I got one interview so far.”

Additionally, this week, the Smith Career Center put on Interns Tell All, a student-to-student information exchange.  Business and communication majors were featured highlighting their internships with various companies through round table speed sessions.

Business management and administration major Navid Kassam ’14 worked as a sales intern with ConAgra Foods, in Omaha, Neb., and was one of the interns discussing his experience at the event.

“My advice for students looking for internships would be to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, and to network as much as possible,” Kassam said. “The biggest reward was the knowledge and experience I gained and developing my organizational and interpersonal skills to help my future career.”

Business management and administration junior Connor Wasler can relate to the rewards that Kassam mentioned, and also discussed his Rent-A-Car internship in greater detail at the event.

I gained real world experience on how to manage my own branch, including a background in customer service, sales and accounting,” he said. “My advice for future students seeing an internship: be honest with companies you are looking to get an internship with and always follow up with them in order to separate yourself from the rest of the pack.”

Accounting 3/2 senior Ann Hofmann adds on to the topic of internship rewards as another featured intern that presented at Interns Tell All.

“I interned on campus at the Bradley Fund, State Farm and at Caterpillar,” Hofmann said.  “My biggest reward was looking back and realizing how much I gained as well as how much I contributed to each situation.”