More than 250 employing organizations and nearly 900 recruiter representatives seeking Rochester Institute of Technology students and graduates are attending the Fall 2017 Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Gordon Field House.
It will be the largest career fair RIT has hosted in its 16 years of hosting career fairs.
The fair is open to current RIT students and alumni; more than 5,000 are expected. The event allows them to meet with prospective employers to explore career opportunities for internship, cooperative education and entry- or experienced-level positions.
RIT’s cooperative education model is one of the oldest and largest in the country. More than half of the students participating in co-op will go to work for one of their co-op employers upon graduation, said Manny Contomanolis, senior associate vice president and director of RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.
There are employers attending from 30 states, including many from the West Coast. Among the companies attending are General Electric, Bank of America, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Amazon, Bose Corp., U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, GEICO, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Paypal, Toyota, Volvo and Xerox.
About 15 percent of the companies are organizations that have never recruited at RIT previously.
Employers from every region in the country will be attending, including nearly 50 employers located or with operations in the Rochester area.
Representatives from more than 100 of the companies will remain in town to interview students Thursday following the career fair.
Contomanolis said the turnout is a clear reflection of the continued strong demand “for the outstanding student talent RIT produces.”
A list of the participating firms is available online at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student-home.