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Pauline Liu, a volunteer coordinator for the Brethren Volunteer Services, answers questions about the service April 7 at the University of La Verne virtual Career and Internship Fair. The fair allowed students to learn more about job and internship opportunities for different companies and organizations. / screenshot by Rachel Kendrick

Pauline Liu, a volunteer coordinator for the Brethren Volunteer Services, answers questions about the service April 7 at the University of La Verne virtual Career and Internship Fair. The fair allowed students to learn more about job and internship opportunities for different companies and organizations. / screenshot by Rachel Kendrick

The University of La Verne hosted a virtual career fair last week with 50 employers, to help students learn about job and internship opportunities via Zoom.

The University career center coordinated the event which included 50 breakout rooms where students could drop in to 30-minute presentations. One-on-one sessions with recruiters were also available.

Presentations included pointers to help students navigate LinkedIn to target appropriate job opportunities.

About 5-7 students attended each of the breakout sessions.

Among the employers was Katherine Pierce, human resources coordinator and recruiter at Bay Cities Packaging and Design Firm in Pico Rivera, who said she was looking for students who might excel in this fast-paced industry.

Neng Lee, recruiter for the Peace Corps, shared his own experience with the group, where he was a health volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic from 2015 to 2017, and a youth development volunteer from 2017 to 2019. Lee’s presentation focused on various lifestyles he saw and had to adjust to during the Peace Corps assignments, as well as how it led him to his current career.

Anita Gentry, group manager for the Internal Revenue Service, talked about how working for the U.S. government might be the greatest job one could ever have.

Other organizations at the event included American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Brethren Volunteer Services, California Highway Patrol and Fairplex.

– Jorge Martinez

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