Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Summer 2019

Binghamton University students on an employer visit in California to Houzz, a firm that has developed a website and online community about architecture, interior design, decorating, landscape design and home improvement. Image Credit: Alissa Strong.
Binghamton University students on an employer visit in California to Houzz, a firm that has developed a website and online community about architecture, interior design, decorating, landscape design and home improvement.
Binghamton University students on an employer visit in California to Houzz, a firm that has developed a website and online community about architecture, interior design, decorating, landscape design and home improvement. Photography: Alissa Strong.

Industry fairs

In spring 2019, the Fleishman Center piloted four industry-specific job and internship fairs instead of one large fair. This change was prompted by student and employer feedback. Four fairs were held between Feb. 21 and March 28, consisting of the STEM Fair, Business and Communication Fair, Student Employment and Local Opportunities Fair, and Common Good Fair. Employer feedback, overwhelming student support and an analysis of cost and staffing as compared to the one large fair indicated a strong preference for this model. Unique student attendance increased by 46 percent from the previous year. Harpur student attendance increased by 80 percent and unique employer attendance increase from 141 in 2018 to 173 in 2019. In addition to this initiative, the Fleishman Center also collaborated with the Decker School of Nursing on a spring nursing fair.

Expansion of employer site visits

In the spring of 2019, we expanded our Employer Site Visit program to include trips to Boston and Silicon Valley. These cities were identified because of the concentration of alumni in each location. The Boston trip, which occurred during spring break and was the same week as the Washington, D.C., employer visits, included 26 students who visited seven employers. The Silicon Valley trip occurred the week after Commencement and consisted of 30 students visiting five organizations (Facebook, Google, Intel Corporation, Houzz, and Agilent Technologies). Students’ travel costs were largely covered by funds provided by the Alumni Association.

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