Experimenting with jobs from packaging to conservation | VTX

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When Rosa Williams attended a College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) job fair last fall as a sophomore, she didn’t expect to come away with a job as a graduate. been in one of the greatest companies in the world.

“I went to the job fair looking for opportunities, but I didn’t really expect to be offered such a good position so early in my college career,” said Williams, a junior from Marietta, Georgia, specializing in packaging systems and design in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. “I’m so grateful that CNRE shared so many employment-related resources and that 3M investigators saw my potential.”

Williams spent her summer working as an intern in the packaging solutions department at 3M’s international headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she will continue to work with the company through November. She has had the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects, from designing consumer-facing packaging to working with manufacturers on changes that could result in cost savings. Williams was also able to explore the chemical and regulatory aspects of packaging and better understand how chemistry plays into packaging decisions.

“One of the best parts of this experience was seeing real-life applications of things I learned in my classes,” Williams said. “There were even a few times when people from 3M referred to my teachers during the training. It’s amazing to know that some of my colleagues have learned from the professors I see every day on campus.

It’s no secret that an internship is one of the best ways to try out a future career path or future employer, gain essential work experience, or simply land a job. Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicates that employers offer full-time jobs to nearly 66% of their interns, and job-related internships are the most influential factor in hiring , even before grades, leadership roles or the like. professional experience.

CNRE ensures that all students are well equipped to find an internship opportunity that meets their needs – whether through the college’s biannual job fairs, regular emails listing dozens of job and internship opportunities, or interactions with professors and advisors. There is even a college employee dedicated to the task of connecting students with employers.

“It’s great to see more students and employers at our career fairs each year,” said John Freeborn, director of employer relations at the college. “When students stop by my desk and say, ‘Hey, I got this internship’ or ‘I got this job’, it makes my job very satisfying. It also makes CNRE competitive for new students arriving.

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