On the 13th of November, the Whitaker College of Engineering of FGCU, held its first internship fair intended solely for students majoring in Engineering. Though many Internship Fairs have been held at FGCU over the years, this was the first to be restricted to students majoring in any specific area of studies. Reid Lennertz, Director of Career Development Service on campus, stated that in conjunction with many of the faculty from the college of engineering, they were able to open our doors to thirty-six prosperous companies, in the fields of Civil, Environmental, Software and Biomedical Engineering. These companies were all looking to fill their internship positions with some of the best prospective engineers FGCU have to offer.
It was not surprising to find out that many of the representatives from the companies present were FGCU alumni. One such outstanding alumnus was Johnny Baker from Hole Montes. After passing through the halls of FGCU, he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and was then employed by Hertz, working on a project as ordered by Hole Montes. After impressing the overseeing professional engineer with his work and developing a professional relationship, he was able to get an interview and transitioned to a position at Hole Montes. He currently works in land development, where he helps to bring to realization, the ideas of his clients. He said that the move to have an internship fair for engineering students was a wonderful initiative, but he only wished it was around while he was a student here at FGCU. He also said it was extraordinary seeing so many of his fellow alumni.
The wonderful thing about the College of Engineering is that it not only seeks to equip its students with the tools and information to truly be successful in their field, but also to provide them with opportunities to begin a promising career in their respective fields. The Internship Fair for engineering students was a tremendous success, and, more than likely, will be the beginning of an annual tradition.
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