The fall semester just started a few weeks ago, but students are already thinking about summer internships and full-time jobs after graduation in May. Luckily, Penn State offers lots of great opportunities to network with prospective employers.
One of the largest events, Fall Career Days, brought thousands of students and more than 500 companies to the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park for a week of networking and on-campus interviews.
The event is an opportunity for many of our alumni to come back and recruit fellow Penn Staters for their companies. One of those alumni is Matt McCambridge, a 2008 Penn State graduate who represented his employer, BD.
Matt is originally from San Diego, California and was a Supply Chain and Information Systems major in the Smeal College of Business. He interned at BD during the summer before his senior year and was offered a full-time position at the end of the internship — before he even graduated from college!
Matt says he uses what he learned at Penn State every day in his job as a hazardous materials specialist, which involves interpreting complex global trade compliance policies and coordinating the shipping of products to customers and other businesses.
“Penn State taught me how to think outside the box,” he said. “You learn to think for yourself and how to apply what you read in the textbooks to real life situations.”
Before assuming his current position, Matt completed BD’S Supply Chain Development
Program, which involved spending time at several of the company’s locations around the country and learning its business processes inside and out. Programs like this are common for new graduates in business and technology-related majors, and they can be a great stepping stone toward management-level positions.
Now that he’s back at Penn State as a recruiter, Matt says Penn State is one of the best universities the company visits. He encourages students to take advantage of opportunities like Fall Career Days.
“Don’t be shy … you probably have more in common with the recruiters than you’d think,” he said. “There are so many great networking opportunities here and great relationships that Penn State has with companies around the world.”
To learn more about Fall Career Days and other recruiting programs, visit the Career Services website.