The Future Starts Here

2019 Internship Fair brought students and employers together in Downs Hall

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Students manned the Kean Students' registration table at the 2019 Internship Fair in Downs Hall. Photo courtesy of Mariah Appau.

Victoria Gasper, Staff Writer

The Internship and Job Fair was held in Downs Hall Wednesday, April 10 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring businesses and organizations perfect for those with an interest in social work, accounting, health care and more. The event was hosted by Kean University's Career Services, a program available to students and alumni as well as employers looking to recruit students at Kean. Through this department, students and alumni can search for jobs and internships posted by approved employers.

The types of tables featured at the event were for businesses such as insurance companies, day care centers, sects of the U.S. government, teaching positions for tutors and those focusing in special education, nursing and health care facilities, summer camps and many more.

Photo by Mariah Appau of Helen Diz-Hatton (right) working Colonial Life's table at the 2019 Internship Fair in Downs Hall.

"I've watched people invest significant amounts of their own money to start a business. Paul Revere provided training, development opportunities, marketing materials and more to help me get started," said Helen Diz-Hatton, district sales manager at The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company Colonial Life on Morris Avenue. Diz-Hatton found a flexible, rewarding career as a bilingual professional with the company. They offer internships to students of all levels, working to empower independent sales managers and representatives to build their own businesses one day. To contact her for a job or internship opportunity, send her an email at helen.diz-hatton@coloniallifesales.com, or call the office at (732) 994-6895.

Photo by Mariah Appau of Mass Mutual's table at the 2019 Internship Fair in Downs Hall.

MassMutual is a company located in Warren, New Jersey that is currently looking for financial advisers. The company has intern programs and graduate career options available. They are looking for sharp, dedicated and socially conscious workers who want to make a difference and help others with financial issues and those seeking to find stability. If interested, contact David Blaha at (908) 252-2395 or visit their website.

Plymouth Rock Assurance, founded in 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, is a company with a location in Woodbridge, New Jersey that is currently looking for graduate students interested in becoming claims trainees, inside sales representatives and customer care representatives. A claims trainee must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university, which is perfect for students graduating in the spring. Inside sales representatives and customer care representatives must have a four-year degree as well, but must also obtain an New Jersey Property and Casualty Insurance provider license, with training covered by Plymouth Rock. Students should contact Human Resources Recruiter Meagan Donovan at (732) 978-6191 or email her at mdonovan@plymouthrock.com.

SHI International Corporation is looking for students interested in building rewarding careers in sales, services, marketing, human resources, software licensing, hardware, accounting, warehouse, configuration, IT and operations. Founded in 1989, SHI is based in Somerset, New Jersey, with over 4,000 employees and 35 locations. Feel free to contact Brianna Jack, talent acquisition specialist and human resources manager, at (732) 584-8362 or email her at brianna_jack@shi.com. Students can also visit the company's website to start their career with SHI!

To start a career in the judiciary system, students should look into New Jersey Judiciary, the Administrative Office of the Courts. Currently, New Jersey court systems are looking for interpreters and translators with an acute need for those who speak Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Korean, Mandarin, Turkish and Vietnamese. They offer two types of positions: full-time staff interpreters who are employees of the court and contract freelance interpreters who are independent contractors. Working as a full-time interpreter can have many benefits, such as being able to have a flexible schedule and making between $192 and $331 per day. If qualified and interested, students can visit their website, go to the "Quick Site Index" at the bottom of the page and click on either "Interpreting Services" or "Language Services."

Moreover, there are many opportunities available for those looking to work with adults and children with special needs. Places such as the Lakeview School in Edison, New Jersey, is a school of choice for children ages three to 21 with multiple developmental disabilities. They are currently looking for teachers and aides, but they also have positions for people with clinical and technological backgrounds. For more information, please contact Principal Lynn Sikorski at Lynn.Sikorski@njid.org, or call her at (732) 549-5580, extension 126.

Photo Courtesy of Mariah Appau of A Friendly Face Autism Treatment Services' table (left) and Friends of Cyrus' table (right) at the 2019 Internship Fair in Downs Hall.

Friends of Cyrus is looking for part-time workers for their in-home services branch, as well as workers in their corporate office in Piscataway, N.J. The in-home service position includes 12 hours per week with wages up to $24 per hour. If interested, please call them at (732) 759-7922, or send a resume to info@friendsofcyrus.com.

A Friendly Face Autism Treatment Services is inviting college students majoring in psychology, applied behavioral analysis (ABA), special education or related fields, college graduates and other individuals interested in working with the special needs population. Their clinical staff, comprised of Registered Behavioral Therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts, travel across the five boroughs to the homes and schools of children on the Autism Spectrum to use ABA. They have specially designed Autism Treatment Centers in Staten Island, Bayonne, and Brooklyn which hold Social Skills Groups, Individual ABA sessions, Family Training, Sibling Support Groups and ASD Teen Groups. At these centers, they also offer music therapy, arts therapy, arts therapy and yoga. To begin a career with A Friendly Face, contact Marketing Director Janna Feiguinova at marketing@affautism.com, or by phone at (917) 770-7293.

Photo by Mariah Appau of Jewish Family Services' table at the 2019 Internship Fair in Downs Hall.

Health Care specialists such as BrightStar Care, JDT Rehabilitation, Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey and more were also at the Internship Fair. Fitness and Wellness Professional Services, located in ten locations across central New Jersey, works in conjunction with places such as Robert Wood Johnson to build healthy atmospheres for professionals and members alike. At every location, they have positions including general manager, sales manager, management trainee and sales counselor, personal trainers, group fitness and aquatics instructors, with other positions available in nursing, customer service, childcare and reception desk work. If interested in joining their team, students can send a copy of their resume to jobs@fitnessandwellness.org or call (732) 525-2900 for more information.

For students looking for a fun internship or job over the summer, consider becoming a member of the summer camp staff at Oak Crest Day Camp. This camp, voted best in Morris County for the past five years, is currently hiring counselors, athletic specialists, ropes specialists, creative specialists and lifeguards for their 2019 season. This year's camp dates are from June 27 to August 23 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If students are interested in improving their oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving, interpersonal, leadership, collaborative or creativity skills, contact Assistant Director Scott Rothchild at (732) 297-2000 or email him at scott@oakcrestdaycamp.com.

If students are not interested in any of these, Kean's Employment & Internship Portal is available to help with searching for jobs, and one can contact the Kean University Career Services Team at career@kean.edu or (908) 737-0320 if they have any questions.


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Victoria Gasper, Staff Writer
gasperv@kean.edu

Victoria Gasper joined The Cougar's Byte as a staff writer in March 2019.