Record Number of Employers to Recruit at Idaho’s Job and Internship Fairs

Wednesday, September 26 2012

By Brenda Berkey and Jessica Berwick

MOSCOW, Idaho – Job seekers at the upcoming Oct. 1 and Oct. 3 Job and Internship Fairs at the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus can expect more employment opportunities as a result of the first increase since 2008 in the number of participating, potential employers, according to organizers. 

A total of more than 95 organizations will converge on campus for the two events. The first will be geared to those seeking jobs and internships in science, technology, engineering and math and the second will be aimed at those seeking opportunities at corporations or in graduate education.

Here are the schedules:

• Monday, Oct.1, 2-6 p.m. Jobs and internship opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math; Student Union Building’s Ballroom.

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2-6 p.m. Jobs and internship opportunities with corporations or graduate schools, Student Union Building’s Ballroom.

“The fairs are a great opportunity for students of all levels and disciplines, as they provide unique opportunities to interact face-to-face with hiring managers and decision makers,” said Suzi Billington, director of U-Idaho’s Career Center. 

“Although the job market is improving, it is still very competitive. It’s important for students to take advantage of unique experiences, like internships, that can set them apart from other candidates. Employers want to see more than academic achievements, they want to know that a candidate can function in a group and professional work environment,” she said.

“Students should remember that top competitive internships are typically filled during the fall semester, it might seem early to students, but it’s important to know how the recruiting cycle works.”

The Career Center will offer all-day, drop-in hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 26 - 28 to assist job seekers with final preparations. On job fair days, job seekers will be able to get last-minute assistance with resumes, perfecting their handshakes and practicing their self-introductions in a special, on-site practice rooms.

Many of the companies visiting next week will also hold information sessions to allow job seekers chances to learn more about them and to speak directly with their respective representatives. Sessions are scheduled for the first two weeks of October.

A list of participating companies and dates, times and locations of their information sessions:

• BP Corp: Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Idaho Commons, Whitewater Rm.

• Chief Architect, Inc.: Oct. 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Janssen Engineering Building, Rm. 125

• NAVAIR: Oct. 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Idaho Commons, Aurora Rm.

• JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC: Oct. 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Ag. Science Building, Rm. 204

• Microsoft Corporation: Oct. 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Janssen Engineering, ThinkTANK Rm.125

• Stryker: Oct. 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Student Union Building, Gold & Silver Rm.

• J.R. Simplot Company: Oct. 4, 6:30 - 8p.m., College of Business, Albertson’s Building, Rm. 101

• Glanbia Foods: Oct. 9, 6 - 7p.m., Idaho Commons, Aurora Rm.

• Agrium Wholesale: Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Idaho Commons, Aurora Rm.

Participating employers at the Oct. 1 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Job & Internship Fair will include: Archer Daniels Midland Co., Avista, Boise Paper, Bonneville Power Administration, BP Corp., Ciena, Clearwater Paper, Darigold Inc., F5 Networks, Fast Enterprises, Harder Mechanical Contractors, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho Power Co., Janicki Industries, Kiewit, Micron Technology Inc., Oregon Department of Transportation, Sandia National Laboratories and others.

Employers at the Oct. 3 Corporate Job, Internship & Grad School Fair will include: Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, Coeur’dAlene Mines Corporation, Coldwater Creek, Columbia Grain Inc, E & J Gallo Winery, Edward Jones, Federated Mutual Insurance, First Investors Corp, Idaho Forest Group, J.R. Simplot Company, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, The McGregor Company, Northwest Farm Credit Service, P1FCU, Potandon Produce, Seattle Police Department and many more.

To view a complete online list of employers, visit   
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