New Kensington students, recent alumni to attend WestPACS job fair March 15

Careers, internships; recruiters from a variety of industries
Job Fair sign-up

Penn State New Kensington students Danielle Richardson and Brandon Burchette set up a registration table to encourage fellow students to attend WestPacs semiannual job fair on March 15. It is one of the largest job fairs in western Pennsylvania. Food is always a good enticement. 

Credit: Penn State New Kensington

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — More than 170 national and local employers offering internships and jobs will be at the Western Pennsylvania Career Services (WestPACS) Association's Spring Job and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Monroeville Convention Center.

Recruiters from a variety of industries, including telecommunications, engineering, technologies, health care, government, human services, retail, hospitality and financial services, will attend the annual event. The fair is geared toward fall 2016 and spring 2017 graduates and recent alumni with program certificates and degrees in all majors. Internship opportunities are available for current undergraduates.

“WestPACS is an excellent opportunity to meet employers recruiting college students and graduates for internships and post-grad employment,” said Jim Shields, associate director of career services and professional development programs at the New Kensington campus. “It’s all in one location and only about a 20-30 minute drive from Penn State New Kensington.”

Shields is an executive board member of WestPACS. According to Shields, the event features full- and part-time employment, internship and co-op opportunities, both regional and national.

"Job seekers will be able to discuss current openings and network with employers hiring in more than 22 career fields," Shields said. "It is the biggest job fair event for college students and graduates in western Pennsylvania.”

Sponsored by the WestPACS Consortium of 45 colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania, the job fair is open to students and graduates from two- and four-year degree programs. More than a 1,000 candidates are expected at the event.

Registration is free for Penn State New Kensington students and graduates who register by March 13 on the WestPACS website or in the campus’ Career Services office located in the Academic and Career Success Center on the lower level of the Student Union Building, adjacent to the bookstore. Shields can be reached at 724-334-6065 or email Jim Shields.

Walk-in registration also is available at a cost of $10 at the door. Parking is free; a resume and professional dress are required for entrance into the fair.

Established in 1988, WestPACS connects college students and graduates from the region with employment opportunities.  The WestPacs job fair is an opportunity to meet many employers in one location. Networking skills are enhanced by face-to-face meetings with employers. The job fair also girds participants for the realities of the employment search, which includes knowing the competition and the job process. A job offer at the fair is unlikely, but prospective employees need to view the fair as an investment in their futures.

For more information of the job fair, visit Candidates.

For a list of employers at the job fair, visit Recruiters at WestPACS.


Bill Woodard

Alumni and Public Relations Specialist

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