Florida International University’s School of Architecture (SOA) hosted its annual Career Fair on March 21st and 22nd at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building located at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
The annual fair serves as a unique opportunity for FIU School of Architecture students to meet with employers from local design firms that are interested in recruiting our top graduate students for internships or entry-level jobs.
This year, over 160 FIU students from the architecture, interiors and landscape departments and 10 non-FIU students from Miami-Dade College and DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High School) participated in the fair. Representatives and principals from 18 leading design firms served as prospective employers for future architects.
“We’ve had such a positive experience recruiting students from FIU,” said Jesse Lockwood, Perkins + Will Marketing Manager. [At this Career Fair] we hope to get the talent we’ve seen from FIU – That’s our ultimate goal.”
The fair is formatted to promote networking and engagement between students and firms, fostering a professional relationship between the two. The first day included firm presentations and a table fair that allowed students to meet employers, ask questions and secure interviews. The following day, students attended scheduled interviews.
Luciano Romero, 4th year architecture student, said the fair was a great opportunity to learn about different specialties and firms.
“The fair was interesting because you have firms that specialize in different departments, showing you that there’s more that can be studied,” Romero said.
“The department always has monthly lectures too. Now when I graduate, I know that I will be prepared to apply for internships and have the knowledge necessary to succeed,” he said.
With over 200 interviews scheduled, the SOA Career Fair proves that opportunities like this offer our students experience and a chance interview with renowned design firms.
2017 Participating Firms:
AECOM, BEA Architects; Bermello, Ajamil & Partners; CBI; Finfrock; Gensler; Gresham, Smith & Partners; Guernsey Architectural Solutions; HKS Architects; HLB Lighting Design; Interplan; Jewel Toned Interiors; Keith & Schnars; Lighting Dynamics; OBMI; ODP Architects; Perkins + Will; SB Architects; ARC+
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