|PBA alumna Cristina Caraballo, shares information regarding an internship at Romney Victory Headquarters in West Palm Beach. PBA is in walking distance of the Palm Beach County Convention Center where both President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have campaigned this year.|
As part of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Center for Campus Connections’ Connections Week, Sept. 10-13, the Office of Career Development hosted their Fall Career Fair Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Weyenberg Center.
"More than 250 students and 45 employers participated in PBA’s Fall Career Fair," said Kim Ladd, assistant professor of business and PBA’s director of career development.
According to Ladd there was a range of opportunities offered from internships/part-time jobs with Nordstrom or The Breakers to full-time employment with Northwestern Mutual or Palm Beach County School District. This semester's fair also included internship information for attendees interested in gaining hands-on experience in political science.
As 2012 is a presidential election year and Palm Beach County will continue to see high campaign traffic representatives from the local offices of both campaigns were present seeking interns. One of the representatives, a PBA alumna, returned to Palm Beach County in support of the Republican nominee, Gov. Mitt Romney.
“I’m an attorney based in Washington, D.C.,” said Cristina Caraballo, a 2007 PBA graduate with a degree in psychology, later earning her J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus Law School in 2011. “I was offered the opportunity to return to West Palm Beach for five months to work full-time with Romney Victory Headquarters.”
|Nadja Felton, a Palm Beach County resident and volunteer at Organizing for America offers internship information.|
“I am visiting various area colleges and universities, and also working with local high schools to arrange field trips to the campaign office,” she said.
Nadja Felton, a Palm Beach County resident and stay-at-home mom, is a volunteer at President Obama’s Organizing for America office. She was also present to seek interns for the South Dixie Highway office and other offices in throughout the county for grassroots efforts. Felton also supplied voter registration forms.
“It’s important for students to vote,” she said.
According to Ladd, there was a variety of opportunities available at the career fair so all students, freshmen through seniors, as well as our graduate students and alumni, could benefit from the event.
"Many students who attended left with scheduled interviews, and some were even offered jobs on the spot," she said.
The next career fair is scheduled for March 20, 2013.