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February 28, 2018

Lasell College Spring Career and Internship Fairphoto by Matthew Searth '21

More than 200 students and alumni attended the annual Spring Career and Internship Fair, held in the college's athletic center Tuesday, February 27, in the first of three college-wide career-focused events to take place in the next week. 

More than 30 employers representing a variety of industries came to campus seeking hires for internships and full- and part-time positions, including Amazon, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the New Hampshire State Police, Nordstrom, and Timberland. The college's Career Services department offered mock interviews ahead of the fair and encouraged students to use it as a learning opportunity to increase confidence and to practice networking skills.

Two subsequent events, Hospitality Day and COMDay, will take place March 1 and March 6, respectively. Hospitality Day was started four years ago by Lasell students to help their peers "take their education and career one step further," according to the event web page.

The schedule features a hospitality career fair, networking brunch, and alumni panel and reception. Students may also partake in educational breakout sessions, such as "Hospitality: The ever-changing industry, with speakers from the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, and WeddingWire. More than 30 additional participating companies include EF (Education First), the National Association for Catering and Events, and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Keynote speaker Ty Kuppig will share lessons learned from the field in event design and production. Kuppig is the founder of Tyger Productions, which produces events for national clients in the corporate, private, and nonprofit sectors from offices in Boston and New York.

Now in its sixth year of production, COMDay, is a joint effort between faculty and students in the School of Communication. This year's event theme is "Focus on the Future," a message that faculty event co-chairs Marie Franklin and Brian Wardyga hope to impart on participants.

"We hope that students will use COMDay to focus on their careers after listening to and networking with professionals in our field," said Franklin, associate professor of journalism at Lasell. "This is a terrific opportunity for students to take a day out of the classroom and enter the excitement of the real world."

Panel events will give students the chance to hear from individuals in three different fields of communication: sports, nonprofit, and advertising and public relations. Speakers will include representatives from companies including NESN, the National Football League (NFL), Alzheimer's Association, and Cone Communications. In addition, a "Life After Lasell: Communication Alumni Panel" will offer insight from recent Lasell graduates currently working, among others, at The Cape Codder, iHeartMedia, ESPN, TJX, and MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

David Beard, a digital media specialist and 2017 research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, will deliver the day's keynote address: "Tomorrow's Stories: Why journalism matters, and has evolved, in a world changed by Facebook." Beard is the former editor of and former director of digital content at the Washington Post.

For more information on Hospitality Day or COMDay, including a full schedule of events and speaker biographies, please visit their respective websites.