Potential Employers Descend on Grounds During Annual Career Fair

Oct 27, 2016 | Company, News


by Caroline Newman, news@virginia.edu

On Wednesday and Thursday, University of Virginia students donned their professional best and headed to Newcomb Hall for the annual Fall Job and Internship Fair, where they met with recruiters from more than 100 corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

There were tech and finance companies, laboratories and research centers, arts and media institutions and much more, ranging from up-and-coming startups to massive multinational employers. All were eager to talk with fourth-year students about full-time opportunities or connect with younger students seeking internships.

“There was a huge amount of interest from companies and students, especially second- and third-year students looking for internships,” said Everette Fortner, UVA’s associate vice president of career and professional development and head of the UVA Career Center. “That was exciting to see.”

UVA Today spoke with recruiters at the fair – many of them also UVA alumni – to learn more about what brought them to UVA during their search for new talent.

Grammer, far right, with her team from AMPEL BioSolutions, including from left to right, UVA alumnus Adam Labonte, Nick Geraci, Prathyusha Bachali, alumna Sarah Heuer and Rebecca Bender.

Amrie Grammer: AMPEL BioSolutions

The Charlottesville-based biotech startup, which Grammer co-founded, studies diseases affecting the immune system. The team pinpoints the abnormal genes that could cause such diseases and works with pharmaceutical companies to identify drugs that could help. They are currently studying lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans.

Q. Why UVA?

A. “I love Charlottesville and I love UVA students,” said Grammer, who also serves on The Fralin Museum of Art’s board of directors and chairs the advisory board for UVA’s Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity. “It is a great place to recruit very smart, creative people that are willing to work hard.”

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