March 10, 2009

InteRDom Attracts Hundreds at Columbia Fair

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On Friday, March 6th the InteRDom team attended one of its most successful career fairs to date—the Columbia University Not-for-Profit and Public Service Fair.

The fair was attended by more than 1,650 students and alumni from 32 colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Brown University, Yale University, Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University. The attendance of the fair was a 60% increase from that of the last year, and InteRDom representatives spent the whole day talking with its participants, receiving over 200 résumés from qualified applicants.

There were a total of 93 employers at the fair boasting from all sectors of the non-profit and public service industries, from government agencies like the U.S. Department of State, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the New York City Department of Transportation to well-known organizations like the Peace Corps, Teach for America and International YMCA.

“The purpose of the fair is to definitely be able to showcase a different employer base in the not-for-profit and public sector,” said Alana Silverman, the Assistant Director, OCR at Columbia’s Center for Career Education. “We have a lot of students who are interested in public service and the not-for-profit industry, and this is a nice deviation from the typical finance and consulting route that a lot of people think Career Services normally take.”

The fair was held by Columbia University’s Center for Career Education, and hosted in conjunction with Barnard College, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of Social Work and Teachers College, Columbia University. This was InteRDom’s second visit to Columbia in a month, on the heels of an information session given to students on February 17, 2009.

“[InteRDom] is able to provide an international opportunity for our students, a lot of whom are looking for the diversity base,” Silverman said. “Students really enjoy the opportunity to do something a little bit different for the summer, and we have heard nothing but positive feedback about these kinds of programs.”