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by Rob Porter | October 18, 2022

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On November 3rd, Firsthand will be hosting its second annual Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair. Those who attend will gain exclusive access to internships and top employers, along with exciting job postings, opportunities to meet experienced professionals from a number of companies, informative panel discussions, and a keynote speaker event.

The Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair will be held from 10am ET to 3pm ET on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022. The event features a number of sponsors including global leader in digital services and consulting Infosys, innovative healthcare firm Abbot Laboratories, home improvement retailer Home Depot, global consultancy firm Bain & Company, international accounting firm Plante Moran, biotech and pharmaceutical industries consulting firm Trinity Life Sciences, M&T Bank, Huntington Bank, wireless carrier UScellular, and the US Department of Energy. Click the link for a detailed look at this year’s sponsors.

College students, recent graduates, entry-level job seekers, and professionals of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the event. Those who attend will have the opportunity to visit virtual employer booths where they can submit their resumes and schedule one-on-one video sessions with top employers. The fair is an excellent opportunity for attendees to increase their internship prospects, make network connections, and participate in live events including panel discussions.

How to Tell if an Employer Values DE&I

Many companies are implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) practices in their day-to-day operations. From employee resource groups (ERGs) to community engagement, employers are working to build a diverse workforce while providing support for their local communities-but how can you tell if a company really values DE&I practices? At this year’s Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion that will shed light on the subject.

The panel will give students the tools they need to examine a company’s DE&I practices, and to determine whether a company truly embraces and values diverse candidates and voices, and provides the necessary support for its diverse workforce to grow and thrive. Additionally, the panel will help students to recognize any potential red flags that might indicate an employer isn’t as receptive to DE&I as it claims to be, greatly improving the hiring and research process.

Dos & Don’ts on Your Internship Search

This panel discussion will engage a number of topics, including the application process, interview process, and internship research and decision-making process. Students will learn the best practices for creating effective resumes and cover letters, how to use LinkedIn to their advantage, and the most common mistakes students make during the application process, along with solutions.

Additionally, the panel will show students how to research internships and make the right decision so they can find a program that meets their unique needs, while providing them with the opportunity to learn valuable lessons that will help them in their careers. Students will also learn how to be effective during the interview process, including how to be an appealing candidate, and how to answer an employer’s questions.

How to Register

The 2022 Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair is an entirely virtual event, and no travel is required. The fair is free, and registration is easy. Those interested in attending can register using this registration link.

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