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Industrial Roundtable overtakes heart of campus

Author: Atreya Verma
By 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning September 12, booths and banners had sprouted all across Purdue’s Memorial Mall, awaiting the arrival of throngs of eager students. Behind the table stood representatives from 336 companies looking for the “best and brightest,” as one Ford Motor Company recruiter put it.
Purdue students talk with recruiters for Ford.

And “best and brightest” came to the mall, accomplishments in hand, waiting for a chance to impress recruiters, many of whom stood in their shoes just a few years ago.

Aerial view of the Industrial Roundtable at Purdue.
Purdue students talk with top recruiters.
Purdue students talk with recruiters for SpaceX.

Zipping between the long lines to ensure a smoothly-running fair and manning registration tables for students and companies alike, members of the Purdue Engineering Student Council found themselves busy ensuring that the nation’s largest student-run career fair went off without a hitch.

Purdue students talk with top recruiters.

The two-day event brought prospects of internships, co-ops, and full-time opportunities onto campus for students of all backgrounds. Engineering, management, science, technology, and business students used this opportunity to ingratiate themselves with employers who traveled from every corner of the country to find Purdue’s best.

Purdue students talk with top recruiters.

Wednesday’s intermittent showers didn’t dampen turnout at all as students lined up in masses for a chance to impress NASA, Rolls-Royce, and Hewlett-Packard representatives.

Purdue students talk with recruiters for NASA.
Purdue students talk with recruiters for Rolls Royce.

Purdue’s deep roots with its corporate partners proved to be a huge asset for students on campus, providing the perfect conduit for industry experience and eventually full-time roles.

Purdue student rests on the John Purdue memorial bench.

Photos by Ed Lausch