Published Sept. 10, 2012
More than 143 companies looking for interns and full-time employees will be at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, scouting for potential candidates.
It will be Google’s first time to join the ranks of firms recruiting at USC.
Google recruits nationwide. The team attending the job fair focuses on the non-technical side of the company, including areas such as sales and advertising, marketing, people operations, finance, new business development, video, policy and legal divisions. Google expects to visit about 50 schools this fall.
“Each year, Google’s University Programs team gets together to discuss our on-campus strategy and our plans for the fall. We look at both quantitative and qualitative information to make these decisions. Last April, the Career Center from USC reached out, and gave me some great info about the college and programs that it offered. When the time came to talk about on-campus outreach, I was able to provide lots of details about USC offerings and ways for Google to get involved,” said Demian Caponi, a university programs specialist with Google.
“The team agreed that USC sounded like a great place to expand our outreach. This will be the first year for us on campus here, and we're very excited,” Caponi said.
Caponi said Google doesn’t look for specific majors when it interviews students, and the company encourages students from all areas to apply.
USC’s Career Center, which provides students with help to find internships, co-ops and full-time jobs, has increased its staffing and focused on employer outreach over the past year. The number of employer site and consultation visits by Career Center staff in the past year increased 43% from the previous year.
Employer registrations are up 19% for Career Fest, which focuses on non-technical positions, and up 33% for the science, engineering and technology fair.
Among the 143-plus employers who will attend the fairs are Boeing, CNN, Exxon Mobil, Frito-Lay, Microsoft, Kohl’s, Nestle, Newell Rubbermaid and Vanguard.
Job and internship postings are also at record levels. In 2008-09, the Career Center posted 1,055 full-time positions and 311 internships. In 2011-12, that number grew to 2,037 full-time positions posted and 727 internships.