Graduate School Job and Internship Fair

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies recently hosted its 2016 Job & Internship Fair. This annual event was held on Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for the purpose of connecting potential graduates and alumni with internship and job opportunities. Nearly 40 students and alumni attended the event.

"Seventeen non-profit organizations participated in this year's fair, and it was a wonderful opportunity for students to talk with potential employers," said Kate Gray, who joined the Graduate School staff in March 2016 as the Student Success coordinator. "A lot of these organizations have hired our graduates in the past and already appreciate their good work."

The 2016 Fair was organized by the Graduate School Professional Interests Group, affectionately known as PIG. The team members met on a regular basis, over the past several weeks, to plan the details of this event. With leadership support from Kate Gray, the PIG team members included: Tricia Airgood, Dan Baird, Melissa Glenn, Jessica Hernandez, Sean Higgins and Dianne Sullivan. Sean Higgins also served as the official greeter for the many organizations coming into the fair that Friday morning.

According to comments from two students who participated in the event, the job fair accomplished its objectives.

Dede Armstrong"For me, the job fair provided insights into what employers are looking for in candidates and helped me further solidify what it is I am looking for once I graduate," said Deirdre (Dede) Armstrong, a second semester student in the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. "I found myself asking questions I didn't even know I had, and left with a clearer sense of where to focus my job search. Discussing entry level positions with employers, staff members and former Hazelden Betty Ford graduate students gave insights about the field that I would never get on a website or in a job interview. We discussed pertinent issues including salary, benefits, burn-out rates, paperwork load, availability of supervision, and even loan forgiveness. It was an incredibly valuable experience!"

Bob WeinribBob Weinrib, a second semester student in the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice, also commented: "The job fair was well worth my time. I learned of unique opportunities and programs I had not known of previously. It provided a great deal of information I will utilize as my time in school nears its conclusion."

In addition to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, other represented organizations included: A Better Connection, Inc.; Beauterre Recovery Institute; Health East Care System; Lino Lakes Correctional Facility; Mayo Clinic Health System; Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC; MN Adult and Teen Challenge; New Beginnings at Waverly; Nuway House, Inc.; Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.; Project Turnabout; Restoration Counseling and Community Services; The Helpers; Transitions Treatment and Recovery Programs; Tubman-Chrysalis Center; and Valhalla Place, Inc.

"Everything went smoothly, and it was such a fun atmosphere," said Kate. "The agencies were able to promote their programs and students were able to visit with the representatives about internships or employment opportunities that would best fit their individual needs and career goals."

Congratulations to all who worked to make this event a tremendous success.

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