Arts, Media, and Service Career and Internship Fair
By Jennifer Spencer
Any good New Yorker knows that location is everything. Fordham College at Lincoln Center students will see the power of proximity firsthand on January 30 as a new Arts, Media and Service Career and Internship Fair welcomes dozens of nearby employers to campus.
The new fair is targeted specifically at students in media and communication studies, arts, and related fields. Holly Rotchin, associate director, career services, Lincoln Center, said that when her office began asking employers to participate in the event, they started with their nearest neighbors.
"We wanted to take advantage of our amazing location here at Lincoln Center, at the heart of a city that's so vibrant and rich with opportunity," Rotchin said.
"We were able to compile a list of 75 to 80 arts and culture orgs that are just within a 10-block radius of Lincoln Center," she said.
At press time, 35 employers had confirmed their participation, and Rotchin said she expected several more to confirm before the event.
While targeted industry-specific career fairs for accounting and finance students have been successful for several years, this is the first time a career fair has been targeted at students in more creative fields, Rotchin said.
In part, this is because employers in arts and culture rarely participate in this type of on-campus recruiting, due to limited resources and smaller staffs. Rotchin said that several employers attending the upcoming fair have never participated in on-campus recruiting before at any school.
Employers who are recruiting at Fordham for the first time include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Free Arts NYC, The Shakespeare Society, and the New York International Film Festival.
Other employers attending include advertising firm BBDO, creative management agency IMG Artists, comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment, media giant Viacom/MTV, and art purveyor Christie's.
Rotchin said students are "freaking out" with excitement about the opportunity to meet with so many employers in the arts and media all in one room. While this may be commonplace in some sectors, this kind of opportunity is truly special in the arts, media, and service arena.
"While not everyone recognizes just how competitive these fields are, we are seeing students in these backgrounds understand just how hard it is to get employers to come onto campus for something like this," Rotchin said.
Allison Pfingst, an art history major with a focus in costume and the history of fashion, has seen immense competition trying to break into the art and fashion fields. Though she has had internships in the past, she said the upcoming career fair is a great opportunity for her to make personal connections with some of New York's most prestigious employers.
"Getting into organizations like museums or galleries or fashion companies is really hard to do without some kind of introduction to the field," said Pfingst, a sophomore at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. "It really is about making connections, which can be hard for college students, because their connections might be back home."
Pfingst said she is looking forward to meeting reps from Christie's and Michael Kors.
"It's absolutely so nice to have everyone all there at once," she said.
Rotchin said she has met with enthusiasm like Allison's all around campus. Career Services has partnered with several student groups to get the word out about the Jan. 30 event. The Student Arts Guild created posters to publicize the fair. Campus Activities Board, Commuter Students Association, United Student Government, and Fashion for Philanthropy have also lent their support.
"We've never had so many students want to get involved and help," Rotchin said.
"This event is going to be the perfect place for our creative, enterprising students to really have a chance to get involved and take advantage of the fact we're in the middle of New York City," she said. "You can't get any better than that."
The Lincoln Center Career and Internship Fair: Arts, Media, and Service will be on January 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pope Auditorium at Lincoln Center's Lowenstein Center. The event is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all Fordham colleges.
For more information or resume review services in advance of the event, students can contact Career Services at 718-817-4350 or 212-636-6280.