Summer jobs, internships and graduate schools, along with other related information, will be presented in the First Avenue Career Expo on April 9 at the University of Portland Chiles Center from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Amazon, Bend Research Inc., Make-A-Wish Oregon, the FBI and Oregon Health and Science University are just some of the 100 recruiters that will be attending the event.

“This is one of the biggest job fairs of the year,” said Associate Director of the Career Development Center (CDC), June Dressler. “And it is the only event with recruiters that have full time jobs and are from graduate schools.”

The CDC staff has been vigorously trying to advertise for this event.

By encouraging students to attend this event, the CDC staff is offering an early bird special, where students have a chance of winning one of three $50 gift cards to Regal Cinemas, McMenamins or Ticketmaster.

In order to enter the drawing, students are required to get an early bird voucher from the Career Center, register online, get their résumé approved by the CDC staff and attend an information session hosted by the Career Center.

Students need to turn in their completed voucher to the Career Center by 5 p.m. on March 20.

“I went as a freshman and a sophomore and found it to be very helpful,” graduate student Bailey Olson said.

Olson will also be teaching at some of the information sessions on March 17 and 19 from noon to one at the UC.

She will be covering topics such elevator speech, networking and how to make the most of this event.

“This event is an explosion! There’s so much going and if you’re not prepared it can be overwhelming,” Dressler explained.

Because this is a school-sanctioned event, students would be able to miss class or sports practices with excused absences. Free van transportation will be provided for students to and from the venue.

“A little help goes a long way,” said Dresser. “Take advantage of this opportunity and educate yourself about what’s out there.”

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