Government agencies, nonprofits to visit campus
Students interested in pursuing employment opportunities or internships can attend the fourth annual Spring Government and Non-Profit Day hosted by the Mays Center. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. April 17 in the first-floor lobby of the Central Academic Building.
Government and Non-Profit Day will showcase employers such as Alamo Community Group, City of San Antonio, Guardian House, the United States Secret Service and VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Clarissa Tejeda, assistant director of career services at the Mays, confirmed 41 employers will attend the fair to discuss employment and volunteer opportunities
“As long as it’s something where a student can develop actual experiences for a resume,” Tejeda said.
It will show students that they can have a career path in government or even a nonprofit. Most students seem to overlook some of these employers because they are not as well known, Tejeda said.
“I started in nonprofit, and it really kickstarted my career,” said Tejeda, who served as a volunteer and then went from job coach to job coordinator for the Good Samaritan Community Services’ WIA Youth’s Get2Work Project.
VIA wants students to consider all the career options VIA can offer, said Lorraine Pulido, communications manager at VIA Metropolitan Transit.
“VIA is always looking for talented individuals with diverse interests,” Pulido said, noting that departments at VIA include transportation and maintenance, customer service, communications and marketing, government and community relations, and safety and security.
Students need to have a willingness and open-mindedness to explore different opportunities, Tejeda said
VIA Metropolitan Transit is one of many returning employers to the Government and Non-Profit Day since 2015.
Students should remember that first impressions are crucial. Avoid wearing casual clothing such as torn attire or short skirts. Students should be mindful that they might meet their next employer at the event.
Tejeda recommends students bring a notebook to jot down notes when talking to employers of interest. A resume would be a huge advantage to those employers seeking to hire.
Students may register and find out more about the event at http://bit.ly/govtnp19. There is no deadline to register and students can attend even if they did not register.
Government and Non-Profit Day is open to all majors and classifications. Alumni can also attend.
“We really just want people to come ready to network and learn about some fantastic opportunities,” Tejeda said.