The Stony Brook University Career Center held its first-ever Block Party outside the Student Activities Center to celebrate the job fair registration opening on Tuesday, August 30, bringing in 1,000 students to network with businesses and connecting more than 700 students to the Career Center’s services.
“It was a great way to kick off the fall semester,” said Alexa Toledo Ambriz, a Career Center marketing intern. “It opens the opportunity to put your foot in the door for a position to support your career.”
The Block Party celebration marked the beginning of registration for future job fairs. It was also an opportunity for students to network and speak with prospective employers. Hundreds of students began the semester discussing new jobs, internships and experiential programs. More than 20 companies from the Stony Brook University Career Center Partnership Council and Accounting Advisory Board attended, including Canon USA, Target, PSEG, Stony Brook Hospital, PwC, Zebra and KPMG.
“It was great to see hundreds of students join the Block Party yesterday,” said Peer Career Coach Sam Allen. “I feel like it is important for students to take steps to talk with employers and learn more about the jobs.”
The companies set up booths and gave out free merchandise to students while discussing available opportunities available and sharing advice. Students also played Hula Hoop Toss, Ring Toss and Lucky Duck while enjoying free food and music played by a DJ. In addition, students who register for one or more Fall 2022 Job and Internship Fairs could enter into a raffle for great prizes sponsored by employer partners. Prizes — donated by CohnReznick LLP, PwC, GEICO, Nestle Health Science, North Atlantic Industries, Options for Community Living, Stony Brook Hospital, Broadrige and Zebra Technologies Corporation — included a $150 Amazon gift card, $50-$100 Visa cards, Bluetooth speakers, SBU duffel bags with goodies and company T-shirts.
The Block Party had a very relaxed atmosphere that allowed students to open up more easily to employers. “You can make connections easier when it’s less serious,” said Nathali Rivera, a graphics intern at the Career Center. “You worry less about what you’re saying and more about building a relationship.”
The Block Party was just one of the events that the Stony Brook University Career Center hosted this year to encourage and support students in their future career development plans. This semester, the Career Center will continue hosting in-person and online job fairs for students interested in IT, engineering, business, communications, healthcare, research and human service. For more information about the career fairs or for other career assistance, such as resume reviews, interviewing skills and making connections, please feel free to visit the Career Center or check Handshake and learn more.
Career Center Job and Internship Fairs Fall 2022
- IT and Engineering Job and Internship Fair Friday, September 23 | 1 pm to 5 pm | Student Activities Center Ballroom A and Ballroom B
- Business and Communications Job and Internship Fair Friday, September 30 | 1 pm to 4 pm | Student Activities Center Ballroom A and Ballroom B
- Healthcare, Research and Human Services Job and Internship Fair Friday, October 7 | 1 pm to 4 pm | Student Activities Center Ballroom A and Ballroom B
- Virtual Job and Internship Fair Friday, October 14 | 1 pm to 4 pm | Virtual on Handshake
Job and Internship Fair Preparation Events
- Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, September 20 | 11 am to 12 pm | Virtual
- Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, September 27 | 1 pm to 2 pm | In-Person SAC 306
- Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, October 4 | 10 am to 11 am | In-Person SAC 306
- Prepare for the Virtual Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, October 11 | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm | Virtual
— Chengchao Li and Joseph D’Alessandro