Biola University holds second Internship and Career Expo

A variety of businesses came to campus for Biola’s second annual Internship and Career Expo.



Graduate student Karen Chun stops to look at information from an employer at the Internship Expo on Thursday in the Caf banquet room. About 30 employers took part in the event. | Katie Juranek/THE CHIMES

Kimberly Martinez, Writer

Target, KTLN TV, and Peace Corps were just a few of the many businesses represented at Biola’s second annual Internship and Career Expo held in the Caf banquet room last week.

“We didn’t have one before two years ago and figured we need to bring potential employers to campus,” said Sandy Harden, a career counselor at the Center for Career Development. “This way, we could encourage students to think about internships.”

Expo an internship and job resource for students

Started in 2009 by the Center for Career Development, the Internship and Career Expo caters to students who are curious about possible internships and careers. With more than 30 employers represented at last Thursday’s expo, Biola students had an array of choices to choose from.

Students respond positively to event

“I was seeing what was available and what I might be interested in the future,” Associated Students president Lizzie Neely said about the event.

Jeff Kalmikov, a sophomore, said he decided to attend the event after he saw advertisements around school. Currently indecisive about where to apply to in the future, Kalmikov said he was interested in possibly working for Saddleback Church’s music program.

During the event, students were able to speak to potential employers and ask questions about employment requirements. Employers passed out brochures and business cards to students. The Internship and Career Expo is a great resource for students who want to find a career with a faith-based employer.

Event features unique programs

Robin Hom, superintendent of Chinese Christian School said he looks for students who are interested in the Chinese culture.

“We have programs available for students who want to be teachers in northern California or Beijing, China,” Hom said. “We use education to spread the gospel.”

Hom said Chinese Christian School is located in both the United States and China. Chinese Christian School has an emphasis on Chinese culture, Christian doctrine, and philosophy.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center attended, seeking medical students. “We are a faith-based hospital,” said Eileen Legaspi, who works as a recruiter for Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “We are also very involved with the Glendale community as well. We came to Biola as a possible resource.”

Biola also offered some opportunities in the Biola education program and the Biola career clinic.

Variety of organizations participate in event

Also, many churches and schools graced Biola’s campus seeking future employees. Sherron Hawkins, a talent acquisitions manager from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said Rent-A-Car accepts all majors.

“We not only have business majors, but many psychologists come and apply as well,” Hawkins said. “We welcome all majors.”

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