Students Make Their Pitch at Annual Spring Career Fair

Hundreds of students eager to land their first job or internship queued up at last Friday’s career fair in the Sakowich Campus Center for a chance to speak with companies in the market for young talent.

  • Lorie Dorcé '20, right, and Brianna Raphino '20 check out materials at the career fair.
    Lorie Dorcé '20, right, and Brianna Raphino '20 check out materials at the career fair.

Representatives from about 100 firms from eastern Massachusetts and beyond set up booths in the second-floor Multipurpose Room and patiently made time for everyone from freshmen looking for internships to seniors focused on starting their careers after graduation.

Many of the company representatives were Merrimack alumni. Bringing in alumni helps establish a pipeline of talent into those organizations, said Courtney Luongo, executive director of the O’Brien Center for Career Development, which sponsors the fair.

“We have a responsibility to not only to prepare our students to be successful, but also to give them opportunities to be successful after they leave Merrimack,” Luongo said.

Corporate representatives said were pleased with the quality of students they encountered.

“We met some great students today,” said Kelsey Flynn, a talent acquisition specialist for Barton Associates, a healthcare industry staffing agency.

Lorie Dorcé ’20, a civil engineering major from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Brianna Raphino ’20, a mechanical engineering major from Randolph, Massachusetts, walked the rows of booths together. Meeting company representatives in person was far more valuable an experience than blindly submitting a resumé to companies based on their website information, they agreed.

“You can ask all these questions and have a deeper understanding of the company,” Dorcé said.

Merrimack holds a career fair for accounting and finance majors in the fall. The spring fair has a wider range of companies that hire from all disciplines.