Students deliver their best pitches at the OFIC CareerFest


Eleven undergraduate students from Lake Erie College traveled to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Sept. 19. The group was hopeful to secure internships and jobs that would jumpstart their careers.

This fall, students from 33 institutions flocked to CareerFest, hosted by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

Fifty-one major employers, including ALDI, Inc., Apple Growth Partners, Cintas Corporation, Progressive Insurance, Sherwin-Williams, FBI, Skylight Financial Group, Maloney & Novotny, Cleveland Clinic and more had booths at the event.

After careful preparation, LEC students made professional contacts at these companies and identified positions to which they are applying.

“Whether you were a marketing major or an accounting major, there was an organization there looking for you,” said Brenden, a freshman who had several in-depth conversations that genuinely interested him.

Another student conferred with Progressive, Quicken Loans, Maloney & Novotny and others.

“Everyone seemed really interested, and most were looking for summer interns, which works perfectly with my schedule,” said Hannah, a sophomore who has already interned with Zinner and Co., Zappitelli Financial and NMS Inc.

Faculty and staff facilitated workshops to ready students for CareerFest and what lies ahead. Last year, at the Accounting CareerFest on Sept. 9, a conversation led to an internship for one Lake Erie College student.

“Assistant Professor Julie Ziemak has been instrumental in getting the word out and preparing her accounting students,” said Eric Evans, director of career services and experiential learning.

Evans recommends students research participating organizations before any career fair. That way, they can devise questions for recruiting employers and practice making an appropriate impression.

On Oct. 11 and 12, representatives from organizations such as Forbes House, Lake Health, Fastenal, Robert Half, IGS Energy, and Painesville Economic Development will join Lake Erie for a career fair.

Lake Erie College’s own Tiberius Network connects students to employers and alumni mentors who know firsthand the potential of a private education, close instruction and small class sizes. Events and job postings may be found on the network, designed exclusively for junior and senior LEC students.

For more about career services, fairs and internships at Lake Erie College, contact Eric Evans at

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