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150 Companies Make Up Largest Career Fair in Institute History

By Jennifer Chung
Staffreporter

The largest career fair in MIT history took place Friday on the second floor of Johnson Athletic Center. Approximately 150 companies ranging from A.T. Kearney to Wyman-Gordon responded to invitations from the class council of 1998 to set up company booths at the event.

In addition to providing a service to students, the class council of 1998 will receive a projected $45,000 from this particular career fair to benefit the senior class, according to Salman Khan '98, president of the Class of 1998. "I'm excited that [the career fair] is so big, and we'll have a very successful senior year," he said.

"This was the first time at MIT for many companies," Khan said. Aside from science and technology-oriented companies, a number of management-oriented companies participated in the career fair. Part of the purpose of the career fair was to expose graduating students to potential employers who have had little presence at MIT, Khan said.

Career fair benefits all students

For seniors, "the career fair gives students an opportunity to learn about what they want to do," Khan said.

Underclassmen alsobenefit by getting a head start on looking at careers, and they can consider internships with the represented companies, Khan added. The companies which appeared at this career fair catered specifically to undergraduate students.

A separate career fair for graduate students was held last week.

"I'm mainly here to inform students, answer questions, and give out information about our company, a high-tech investment bank," said Ilona Chessid, a representative from D.E. Shaw &Co. who attended a career fair for the first time as a recruiter.

According to company recruiter Raina Bien, this was the first time D.E. Shaw &Co. had been to an MIT career fair. "We're not very famous on campus. Some companies, such as ours, are here to increase awareness."

Many students submit resumes

The role of representatives at theMicrosoft booth was also to provide more information to students, but since Microsoft is generally a well-known company, there were other goals as well. "We get a lot of students looking for internships or full-time jobs,"said Susan Stoltman-Decroix, the company recruiter.

The Microsoft representatives told students to attend an upcoming on-campus presentation to spend time learning about Microsoft in a more formal setting. Microsoft accepted resumes for both full-time jobs and internships, from seniors and sophomores alike. "If we like what we see, we will probably give the student an on-campus interview,"Stoltman-Decroix explained.

Resumes were also accepted at other booths. Lutron Electronic Co., Inc., based in Pennsylvania, received approximately 3040 resumes. "There tend to be more students looking for internships than full-time positions,"said Stephen Lynn, a company representative. "We will look at the resumes and evaluate them as if they had been given to us through the recruitment office."