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University’s Career Development Center Hosts STEM Career Expo

The career expo offered students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields a variety of opportunities to connect with potential employers, whether they were looking for an exciting internship opportunity or their dream job.

March 8, 2023

By Erik Parker ’25 and Aliza Johns ’23

Hundreds of students gathered at the expo event.
Hundreds of students attended the University’s recent STEM career expo.

The University of New Haven’s Career Development Center recently hosted representatives from dozens of employers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields for a career expo at the University. More than 700 students from a variety of programs of study came to network and learn about opportunities for internships as well as part- and full-time jobs.

The expo, sponsored by Bioinfo Systems, brought more than five dozen employers to the University. They represented a wide array of disciplines, from marine biology and forensic science to cybersecurity and civil engineering, attending.

Below, two students who attended the career expo reflect on the experience.

Erik Parker ’25

At the STEM Career Expo, I was taken aback by how many different companies had come to talk to us students about their passions and experiences. I was struck by the enthusiasm of the professionals I met. It was clear that they were enthusiastic about what they did, and they were eager to share that passion with others.

I was particularly impressed by the variety of fields represented, with companies from thermodynamics, information technology, electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering all in attendance. It was exciting to see how many different career paths were available, even if they did not directly relate to my major.

At the expo, I had the opportunity to talk to many professionals from different fields and learn about the opportunities that were available. Many professionals were delighted to take my resume and chat about how my experiences could be valuable to their companies. I was given several business cards and links to internships that were valuable resources for my future career plans.

One of the things that stood out to me was how approachable and friendly everyone was. Everyone was more than happy to talk to students and answer our questions, no matter how mundane, and the professionals all seemed genuinely interested in helping us succeed and find our own paths. The people at the expo were willing to explain topics to me that I had never heard of, which was interesting and very helpful in broadening my knowledge.

I left the expo feeling inspired and motivated to pursue my passions and to make the most of the opportunities available to me. I am grateful for the experience and look forward to attending future events like this one.

Members of the University’s Career Development Center pose for a photo.
Members of the University’s Career Development Center were excited to support students at the expo.
Aliza Johns ’23

As an active member of the campus community – I am the senior class president, Society of Women Engineers president, founding president of the Engineering Council, and the vice president of Operations for Alpha Sigma Kappa, Women in Technical Studies – I was excited to take part in the STEM Career Expo. I am studying mechanical engineering, and I am preparing to graduate this May.

I don’t have a specific career path, but I know I want to make a difference in the world. The STEM Career Expo helped me follow my dreams to change the world.

Each year, the University hosts many different companies to attend the STEM Career Expo. I have attended the expo each year since I’ve been at the University, and it is something I never want to miss. There are always connections to be made and different opportunities available. This year, I went around to several companies and was able to learn what they do and who they are looking for. I learned something new at every booth.

In Spring of 2021, I was able to find an internship through the Expo. I connected with AVANGRID, and I was able to work with the Gas Engineering Team to evaluate gas district regulators for Southern Connecticut Gas.

This year, I was looking for a full-time position, and I reached out to several companies at the expo. I am excited to see what the future holds! The University puts this together for us and helps create endless opportunities.

Erik Parker ’25 is an electrical and computer engineering major at the University. Aliza Johns ’23 is a mechanical engineering major.