2012 Career Awareness Fair


With more than 160 employers present, North Carolina A&T State University’s 38th annual Career Awareness Fair and Program is the biggest and most diverse in recent history.

“Well, that was the goal,” said Joyce Edwards, executive director of career services & experimental learning.

One common misconception about the fair is that employers come seeking only those students with backgrounds in engineering and technology.

“We have a lot of companies who want a lot of different majors like the NSA (National Security Agency) and IBM. These companies have a lot of different areas that help them run and if the students did their research, they will know the kinds of available opportunities,” Edwards said.

Winston Salem-based Hanesbrands Inc. is looking to fill a number of internships in North Carolina, New York and Minnesota.

“We are looking for those rising seniors and those graduates making the transition to grad school who have a background in marketing, finance, accounting, auditing, supply chain operations, planning and development and research and development,” Hanesbrands representative Doug McCorkle said.

McCorkle is a 1985 graduate of A&T out of the School of Business and Economics. He says Hanesbrands offers paid internships with summer hours, a housing allowance and the opportunity to be paired with professional mentors.

The St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company, was on campus in search of interns and employees who buy into their company goals.

“We want those who can think critically and analytically and come up with creative solutions to help us do more with less,” Monsanto representative Toni Saunders said.

The company is offering internship, co-op and full time employment opportunities in various areas including sales, finance, science and engineering all across the globe.

USAA, a full-service financial firm, also has internship and employment opportunities available across several disciplines. Representatives were on hand recruiting specifically for technology, information technology and computer science.

“We offer banking, insurance and investments with 90 percent of our actions being self-service. We need the infrastructure to support that,” USAA representative Chinedu Okorafor said.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, USAA serves active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families and has customers all over the world. Each year, USAA hires 100-150 interns and employees nationwide. This year, they need more.

“We are looking for 150 employees and 150 interns – and those internships usually convert to full time opportunities,” Okorafor said.

USAA is a mission-driven company and is looking for hard-working, committed people who have good grades. Understanding there is usually a story that goes along with not-so-good grades, USAA is sensitive to certain scenarios.

“We offer so many exciting possibilities – USAA is a career, not just a job,” Okorafor said.