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Students explore startups in VentureSU career fair

MALIA MENDEZ/The Stanford Daily

On Tuesday afternoon, Stanford Career Education (BEAM) hosted the 2018 Venture: Startup Careers Fair on the second floor of Tressider Student Union. The event, which was open to all majors, provided students with the opportunity to explore careers in a wide range of industries, including internet technology, healthcare and biotech.

“We are excited to share that nearly 60 employers and more than 350 students have registered to attend this high-energy event,” said Dr. Brett Alpert, the Associate Dean of Career Education & Director of Career Ventures.

While BEAM sponsors more than 15 Venture events each academic year in order to connect students with employers, the Startup Careers Fair is unique as a smaller boutique event which caters specifically to students who are interested in startups.

Rina Onishi, a first-year master’s student in aerospace engineering, said she appreciated the Venture: Startup Careers Fair as an opportunity for career development, as well as a starting point for learning about the startup sector.

“I’m looking into startups, and it’s nice to talk to the employers,” Onishi said. “I’m currently looking for summer internships and hopefully something full-time after graduation.”

Onishi said she hopes to discover interdisciplinary connections between aerospace engineering and other relevant fields from the networking experience at the event.

Alex Ke ’22 also attended the event in search for internship opportunities at startups. He brought resumes with him to hand to potential employers.

“I enjoy the vibrant and dynamic startup culture here at Stanford,” Ke said.

Employers praised the Venture: Startup Careers Fair event as a valuable platform for them to interact with Stanford students. StartX Programs Manager Stephanie Sapp said she is excited for the company, which brings together social entrepreneurs, industry experts, Stanford professors and well-funded, growth-stage startups, to continue working with Stanford’s top entrepreneurs on changing the future market landscape.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with the students,” Sapp said.

 

Contact Lyndsey Kong at lck1 ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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