College Career Fairs: Early Work Experience Opportunities

A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 75 percent of employers prefer relevant work experience with 60 percent of respondents in favor of experience gained through internships or co-ops. As Warner Coffman, Human Resources Director, of Snyder & Associates, explains, these types of early career experiences help prepare students to enter the workforce while building confidence and insight that will help propel them on their respective career paths.

“Internships and co-ops are an excellent opportunity for students to get firsthand exposure to real world applications of what they’ve studied,” he states. “It helps fine tune how they should focus their studies in order to get the most out of their education and set the table for their careers.”

As the spring season quickly approaches, career fairs are taking place throughout the country, providing students with a convenient way to connect with a variety of employers and learn more about what opportunities are available. With a strong dedication to STEM education, career fairs are a unique opportunity for Snyder & Associates’ staff to engage with today’s top talent.

“Forward-thinking, passionate people committed to life-long learning and improvement is essential for success in our industry,” explains Dave Moeller, President, of Snyder & Associates. “Our growth as a firm is deliberate. We strive to provide our clients with thoughtful, comprehensive solutions to the challenges they face, and our ability to do that rests on the strength of our team.”

On average, Snyder & Associates offers between ten and 20 summer internships and summer/fall co-ops per year. Current students and upcoming graduates interested in exploring internship or co-op opportunities are encouraged to visit the Snyder & Associates’ booth at the following college career fairs:

In addition to providing an avenue to apply knowledge and further develop their skill set, internships and co-ops are often the first experience students have with company culture and values. With over 35 years of recruiting experience, Coffman credits Snyder & Associates’ supportive and stable company culture as essential to the long-term loyalty of its employees.

“Many of our employees have been here ten years or more, some up to 35,” he shares. “You just don’t see that often anymore in today’s job climate. The firm is loyal to its people, and the people recognize and return that favor.”

Since its inception in 1977, Snyder & Associates has grown sustainably from a small, two-person firm in downtown Oskaloosa, Iowa to include over 200 employees in eleven branch offices in five Midwest states. Despite its growth, the firm strives to maintain a “small firm feel” where all employees feel valued and supported to pursue fulfilling careers.

“When people can channel their energy into something they’re excited about, you’ll start to see a lot of good things happen,” explains Coffman. “And that ultimately finds its way to our clients. Happy people help create a stable environment and that stability helps us better serve our clients.”

Recognizing the unique needs of its employees, Snyder & Associates has the capability to allow for flexible start times or reduced hour schedules for those unable to work full time. Overtime hours aren’t worked or expected on a regular basis, and a generous PTO formula encourages people to take time off. In addition, a robust benefits package gives employees peace of mind that they’re looked after and that they’re families are protected.

“We don’t want people to sweat the details. We want them to equip them with the best tools available and provide an environment free of distraction so they can flourish. At the end of the day, that’s the best way to ensure success for our clients, employees, and the firm as a whole.”

To learn more about internship and co-op opportunities at Snyder & Associates, contact Warner Coffman. For additional information on current full and part-time career opportunities with Snyder & Associates or to submit a resume for general consideration, visit our career page.