Two-Day Internship and Career Fair Draws Hopeful Students, Employers to Grey Towers Castle

By Emily Horowitz | February 23, 2024

Arcadia students and alumni networked with employers in a different setting from past years for the annual Internship and Career Fair Feb. 20-21. Recruiters set up their tables in Grey Towers Castle, in the Rose and Mirror Rooms.

Elijah Smith ’25 attended day two of the fair, looking for internship opportunities in finance or accounting to fulfill the Accounting major internship requirement. 

“I got to talk to three organizations that I’m interested in, and I’m going to apply to those on Handshake later today,” Smith said. “I’m hoping to intern at one of those over the summer and get a feel for the workplace.”

It wasn’t too long ago that Janis Kirsis ’23 was in Smith’s shoes. This time around he found himself on the other side of the table recruiting for CliftonLarsonAllen. Kirsis secured an internship at the professional services firm following a career fair he attended the fall of his senior year, which paved the way for his current role at CLA as an assurance associate in the financial services industry.

“It’s the best start I could have had,” Kirsis said. “I’m very comfortable with the people I worked with from my internship. It was a seamless transition into a full-time position under the same principal I worked for before, so I couldn’t have asked for anything better really.”

Business Administration major Aaron Hamel ’26 could also be seen networking with prospective employers on Wednesday. As a Michigan native, he said it was helpful for him to learn about Philadelphia-area companies.

“It’s good the school is pushing us to try new things,” he added. “Lots of majors have classes that require internships, so this is perfect for that.”

While some employers look for interns with select majors, others – like USLI – 

cast a wider net. According to Will Sheridan, student program diversity recruiting & networking specialist at the commercial insurance company, “what makes USLI special is that we do everything in-house. Meaning, our departments include sales and marketing, advertising, accounting, underwriting, actuarial, cancellations, claims, compliance, corporate communications, design, instant phone quotes, IT infrastructure, IT programming, policy services and issuance, Slainte fitness, and more. As a result, our college program students can get meaningful work experience in a supportive environment in a field of their choosing.”

For students and alumni interested in furthering their education, Arcadia’s Director of Graduate Admissions Erin Kardon had a table at the fair. “I’m here to represent our many grad programs and let Arcadia students know what we offer and help guide them to next steps in graduate education if that’s what they’re interested in,” she said. 

The Internship and Career Fair is just one of many Office of Career Education events. Find all events, opportunities, resources, and career-related news and advice on Arcadia’s Career Launchpad.