The career guidance fair Summerfest took place in Norris yesterday, attracting over 1,300 students to Norris Center’s Louis Room.
Summerfest, now in its second year, is an annual event organized by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Affairs to help students find internships and other opportunities over the summer. Summerfest’s participating organizations – 21 in total – set up booths in Louis and ranged from the Chicago Field Studies program to the Center for Global Engagement.
Brad Zakarin, one of Summerfest’s organizers, described it as “a one-stop shopping opportunity for students to find out everything Northwestern has to do for them, while eating cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream.”
Indeed, one of the more popular parts of the fair was a stall giving out cotton candy in the back corner. But aside from free candy, students focused on the basics: getting substantive things to do over the summer, an idea which roused feelings of stress in some.
“I mean, I’m only a freshman but I am concerned about getting an internship,” said Andrew Jennings, a Weinberg student. “I don’t want to spend the summer working for minimum wage back at home.”
Internships weren’t the only focus at the fair, however.
“I really want to go study abroad, so I’d like to find some opportunities for getting a scholarship,” said Olivia Peace, a freshman who hopes to study abroad in India.
The event also included ten “presentation sessions,” teaching students about topics such as writing resumes and asking for letters of recommendation.
Summerfest is not to be confused with the Winter Job & Internship Fair taking place next Tuesday the 15th at SPAC.
photos- Charles Rollet