The largest Network Night yet brought 80 students and 29 potential employers together to explore internship and job opportunities. More than 20 companies gathered on March 6, in the K-State Student Union, to mingle with students about internship and job opportunities.
With resumes and portfolios in hand, A.Q. Miller School students walked from table to table speaking with companies specializing in the journalism, advertising and public relations industries.
Even if a student was not ready to start an internship or job, some found it beneficial to get their names out to companies in hopes of gaining recognition when they began their job searches.
“I’m a first generation college student, so I kind of don’t want my college experience to go to waste. When great opportunities like this are presented, I just go with it and I knew there would be some great companies here to talk with,” Daniela Leon, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, said. “So even though I’m a sophomore, it’s a good experience to get to know what these companies are looking for.”
Knowing the right people could help someone land their dream job, and Lauren Meehan, junior in public relations and advertising, saw the Network Night as a step in that direction.
“Networking is the biggest thing with journalism,” Meehan said. “It’s all about who you know- that’s what’s going to get you a job. It was nice to have the companies put a face to the name and get them to remember me.”
The two-hour event was not only beneficial for students, but for the companies as well. For many, Network Night was where they would find potential employees. For others, it was a way to get the word out about their business.
Gloria Freeland, associate professor of journalism, director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, and event planner for Network Night, said companies were thrilled with the professionalism of the students they interacted with.
“This year’s Networking Night was quite successful. It included a wide variety of employers, all of whom were excited to be at K-State,” Freeland said. “Many of them mentioned how well-prepared and engaged our K-State JMC students were.”
Dale Hogg, managing editor for the Great Bend Tribune, enjoyed his first year being part of Network Night. Hogg said he was impressed with the quality of the conversations he had with students.
“I enjoy the caliber of the conversations I’ve had so far,” Hogg said. “This gives students a chance to meet face to face with media professionals and that’s something you don’t do that in the classroom.”
Most of the companies were located in Kansas. Even local businesses, like the Flint Hills Discovery Center, enjoyed networking at the event.
“It’s important for the Discovery Center to participate because we want the opportunity to engage with the students and hear what they’re interested in,” Pamela Kulokas, outreach coordinator for the Flint Hills Discovery Center, said.
The Discovery Center found student employees from Network Night, in previous years.
“Our current outreach intern, I met last year at this event,” Kulokas said. “It’s turned out to be successful partnership. The school of journalism consistently turns out really high quality student interns and we love working with them.”