The Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) at St. Bonaventure will host the second annual Internship Summit from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in The Regina A Quick Center for the Arts.
The purpose of the Internship Summit is to help students build their personal brand, launch their internship search and expand their network.
The events kick off with a keynote address from Laurie Branch, president and CEO of Iroquois Group, Inc. and a member of St. Bonaventure's Board of Trustees. Branch will offer students advice on making the most of their internship experience.
“We are so excited to have Laurie Branch as our keynote speaker this year,” said Connie Whitcomb, director of the CPRC. “Her professional experience along with her passionate commitment to assisting St. Bonaventure students makes her the ideal choice to share information on how to succeed in an internship experience.”
After the address, attendees will participate in two breakout sessions. In the first session, students will have the opportunity to learn about service opportunities, internships abroad, experiential learning as a pathway to graduate school and tips for making their resume standout.
In session two, students will have opportunity to connect with various internship coordinators as well as learn strategies for finding internship opportunities and enhancing their marketability for those experiences.
The event will conclude with an opportunity to network with presenters over appetizers. Additionally, four Bonaventure students will undergo a professional makeover during the summit. Prizes will also be announced at the end of the event.
“I hope that all students will plan to attend this year’s Internship Summit,” Whitcomb said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain a leg up on the competition when it comes to the internship search. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and dialogue with career professionals from a variety of different fields through their participation in the many facets of this event.”