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UC-Riverside holds virtual career fair and gets plenty of action

By David Schwartz
Published: June 16th, 2020

Traditional career fairs at universities have been absent during the COVID-19 shutdown, but that didn’t stop the University of California-Riverside. It’s 2020 career fair using Zoom attracted plenty of companies and students – and almost as many job offers.

“I had an internship offer at a software company, but it got discontinued just like many other people’s offers because of COVID-19,” said UC-Riverside senior Heidi Chen. Although her paid summer internship fell through because of the pandemic, a previous internship at a digital marketing start-up has turned into a full-time job.

“At UC Riverside, we’ve actually seen a 15% increase of new jobs posted in April compared to the month of March. We’re approving about 130 new jobs each day for UC-Riverside students,” said Sean Gil, director of the UC-Riverside Career Center.

Gil said the way you interview and where you work from has changed, but job listings haven’t dried up for students. One trend he’s noticed is a rise in micro-internships — sort of extended job interview.

“Micro-internships are short-term paid professional projects that are completed by college students or recent graduates on behalf of busy professionals,” said Jeffrey Moss, founder and CEO of Parker Dewey, a firm that specializes in connecting students with companies seeking contract work.

During the pandemic, UC-Riverside’s Career Center has had companies reaching out to help them turn office jobs into remote jobs so they can continue to fill positions.

Source: ABC7

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