September 24, 2013

LSU College of Engineering students had the opportunity to mix and mingle with LSU alumni and representatives from more than 173 companies at this Fall’s College of Engineering Networking Reception and Engineering Science and Technology Expo.

“I find networking events like this very important,” said Tamara Trotter, chemical engineering junior and president of the National Society of Black Engineers. “This is where the companies really learn about you and you get to put your name out there.”

The Networking Reception, located in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, was held the night before the Engineering Science and Technology Expo and gave students the chance to meet with employers in a smaller, more intimate setting.

“The networking reception is definitely more of a personal environment,” said Jordan Fabret, mechanical engineering junior. “You really get to show the companies your personality, plus it’s a great opportunity to loosen up before the Expo.”

There were over 428 students in attendance at this year’s networking reception and an impressive 1,815 at the Engineering Science and Technology Expo.

“Employers are flocking to LSU to recruit our students,” said Dr. Mary Feduccia, Career Services. “The caliber of the LSU student has steadily risen over the past several years and the job market for college students is the strongest it’s been since 2008.”

Several of the companies in attendance agreed that having previous internship or co-op experience is essential to landing a full-time job within their company. Fortunately, many of those companies offer internship and co-op opportunities to undergraduates and are currently looking for motivated students to fill those positions.  

“For internships, we’re looking for eager students who are ready to get out there and learn,” said Angelle Forrest, Albemarle Corporation employee and LSU alumna. “We want the ones who wish they could work now instead of waiting until they graduate. We’re really looking for those eager students.”

Forrest also recognized the importance of bringing together current students and LSU alumni. “I find it important to come back to where I came from,” said Forrest “I went through the classes, the projects, the late nights of studying. I want to lend a helping hand because I know what it took these students to get to this point.”

For more on LSU Career Services click here.

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Article by Lauren Zimmermann, communications intern. For more information, contact Mimi LaValle, College of Engineering, mlavall@lsu.edu or (225) 578-5706.



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