STEM and WCBA join forces for co-op/internship expo

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will join forces with the Williamson College of Business Administration to host the annual STEM & WCBA Co-op/Internship Expo on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the atrium at Williamson Hall.

The expo’s main purpose is for students to learn more about their field of study as well as to network with possible employers. The expo is free to current STEM and WCBA students.

Sherri Hrusovski, founding coordinator of STEM Professional Practice Services, said the expo is a great opportunity for students.

“These employers that are coming to campus are specifically looking for students who are seeking co-op and internship,” Hrusovski said.

Kara Miller, student office assistant for STEM and a junior at Youngstown State University, said the turnout for last semester’s expo was good.

“We had about 200 students come through last year from both colleges,” Miller said. “It’s good that the students went to get their foot in the door to network with different companies.”

Due to the success of the previous expos, the colleges have already planned future expo dates for the 2013-2014 academic year. This expo will feature representatives from more than 32 employers — including those from General Electric Co., Walmart, Packer Thomas and FirstEnergy Corp.

“Since our fall expo was such a success, we have increased the number of employers from 24 to 32,” Hrusovski said. “We like to have a good mix between business as well as engineering careers.”

Leigh Ann Waring, director of WCBA Undergraduate Student Services, said that in terms of employers attending, the more the merrier.

“Internships are key and such a great opportunity for our students to come across at the expo,” she said.

Students interested in the event can contact Waring at 330-941-1884 or [email protected], or Hrusovski at 330-941-2151 or [email protected]. “It is something we are very proud of,” Hrusovski said. “Now is the time for students to meet these employers and start looking into these internships.”