If you go

What: Spring Career and Internship Fair

When: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: UMC, second floor

Contact: http://careerservices.colorado.edu/

T his week, due to an increase in employer interest, the University of Colorado is hosting its first multi-day career and internship fair since the recession.

The spring fair began Tuesday with about 80 employers and will continue Wednesday with 80 different employers for students to talk with about job and internship opportunities.

CU Career Services staff said the employer turnout signals economic growth that could be beneficial to students seeking summer internships or post-graduation jobs.

"This is a good sign for everyone," said Lisa Lovett, assistant director of career development.

For the past three years, fewer than 120 employers have attended at the single-day fairs.

Lovett said as the economy continues to recover, she's expecting to continue to host a two-day fair in the spring.

"The trends are looking positive, so hopefully we'll have this response again next year," she said.

Interest from national companies has also increased this year, showing that employers are financially stable enough to send representatives to the fair.


Ph.D. student Lledo Esquerra said the two-day fair made it easier for her to talk the companies she's hoping will give her a summer internship and some work experience.

"I only had to talk to five companies today and five tomorrow so that's a lot easier than if I had to do it in one day," Esquerra said.

Career Services also offered tours to students this year who were looking for some guidance before diving into the fair alone.

Student employees took their peers on tours of the fair, visiting employers who talked to them about how to approach the booths and present themselves professionally.

Lovett said the new tours were very popular with students and will likely be offered again in the future.

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