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NSBE/SHPE Hosts Annual Career Fair
In 1978, the annual NSBE/SHPE Career Fair had its humble beginnings with only 10 companies attending. This year, on its 31st anniversary, the event attracted more than 150 companies seeking management, information technology, and humanities, arts, and social sciences majors, as well as engineers of all kinds. More than 2,000 students attended the event held Oct. 3-4 in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory).

The annual fair is a joint venture between two student groups, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Tequisha Hendrickson ’10 (NSBE/SHPE), a civil engineering major; Ayriel “Rel” Hunt ’10 (NSBE), a civil engineering major; and Ruby Ramirez ’10 (SHPE), an electrical engineering major, served as co-chairs.

“This is a special day for us,” Hunt said. “This event is among one of the largest student-run career fairs in the country. Given the current economic situation, this event gives students, like myself, an opportunity to network with corporate representatives. Most importantly, it gives all of us a chance to get a head start on planning for future careers.”

Each year, a reception is held to honor corporate representatives, students, and faculty who are involved in the career fair. This year’s keynote speakers during the reception were Monique Hunter, a self-made entrepreneur, and William Burton ’80, of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“The planning for this fair is a year-long process and the feedback that we get from the students helps us in choosing the right companies,” Hendrickson noted. “Most of the recruiters are returning companies that attend on a regular basis, and these are great connections to maintain.”

“As a student, just being able to have an opportunity to coordinate this event is rewarding,” Ramirez said. “This year, we are extremely honored to celebrate our efforts and let students know that there are opportunities out there.”
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 10, October 9, 2009
©2009 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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