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KGI, Harvey Mudd College to Co-Sponsor Career Fair in October

Last February, Annie Bruckner, MBS ’17, arrived at the first career fair co-sponsored by Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and Harvey Mudd College (HMC) with few expectations.

Then she had what she describes as “meaningful conversations” with representatives of a handful of organizations that interested her. Bruckner also encountered a company called Masimo, a maker of medical devices and noninvasive patient monitoring technologies.

“I just went to the booth and talked about KGI and my program,” Bruckner said. “They were very excited and took my resume. Then they contacted me the next day.”

By June, Bruckner had started as a full-time associate product manager at Masimo in Irvine, where three of her KGI classmates are working as well.

“The career fair provided a smooth introduction to the hiring process,” she said.

Now KGI and HMC will partner on a career fair for a second time. The Fall STEM Job and Internship Fair will take place at HMC’s Linde Activities Center on Oct. 12 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

HMC career services director Judy Fisher, whose office is organizing the event, notes that among the companies that will be there are Meissner Filtration Products, a manufacturer serving the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and other industries; Amada Miyachi America, a producer of welding and soldering equipment used in medical device manufacturing; and Accenture, a global consulting firm.

Angela Cossey, KGI’s director of career services, believes attending the fair can benefit any student in any of the school’s programs, including those just beginning their studies. She advises, “Even if you aren’t looking for a job or internship quite yet, it’s a good way to get your feet wet and explore your options. You never know where your opportunity will come from.”

Bruckner heartily agrees. Initially uncertain whether to take the time to attend the February fair, she now says, “I spent 20 to 30 minutes at the career fair and got my job. It’s worth putting on your suit and going.”