34th Annual NSBE/SHPE Career Fair
To help Rensselaer students get a head start on planning for future career opportunities, members of Rensselaer’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted the 34th NSBE/SHPE Career Fair Sept. 28–29. This year, Kayla Pena ’12, a member of NSBE who is majoring in industrial and management engineering, and Christian Nicole Griffin ’13, a member of SHPE who is also an industrial and management engineering major, served as event co-directors.
Employers planned to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11. Of special note, the average starting salary for all reported Rensselaer undergraduate bachelor’s degree candidates from the Class of 2012 is $63,207, while the national reported average stands at $44,259.
In 1978, the fair had its humble beginnings, with only 10 companies attending. This year, more than 160 companies came to the Rensselaer campus to recruit and meet with students to discuss potential opportunities. The two-day event was held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory).
Participating companies included: Amazon.com, AT&T, Atlas Copco Comptec, Bayer, Bechtel Corporation, Bloomberg, Brookhaven National Lab, Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young LLP, GE, Global Foundries, Hasbro, Honda R&D Americas, INC., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle USA, NYSE Euronext, Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology, Sandia National Laboratories, Scholastic Inc., Target, The Boeing Company, Time Warner Cable, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Now labeled by the student organizations as the largest student-run fair in the country, nearly 2,000 students attended this year’s event. In keeping with changes made last year, students in all areas of study—including management, humanities, social sciences, information technology, science, and engineering—were being recruited on both days. According to the event organizers, the new approach broadens the opportunity for recruiters to network with Rensselaer students, and gives students the chance to speak with a vast number of recruiters as well.
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers who took part in the survey planned to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11. Of special note, the average starting salary for all reported Rensselaer undergraduate bachelor’s degree candidates from the Class of 2012 is $63,207, while the national reported average for all bachelor degree candidates stands at $44,259.
The NSBE/SHPE Career Fair is held each fall, giving students the opportunity to interview for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. NSBE is an organization whose goal is to increase the number of black engineers who can excel academically, and SHPE promotes the development of Hispanic engineers to achieve academically and economically.
For more information, visit careerfair.rpi.edu.