CUNY Big Apple Job Fair Features 115 Employer-Recruiters; NYC Economic Development President Maria Torres-Springer to Keynote

The 28th annual CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair, hosted by The City University of New York, will be the largest in the last ten years, with 115 private and public sector organizations recruiting from among the expected thousands of CUNY graduating students and recent alumni looking for full-time positions, and current students seeking internships and part-time job opportunities.

Maria Torres-Springer, President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, will deliver the keynote address at a breakfast reception for recruiters prior to the Fair.

The CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 11 am – 2 pm in the River Pavilion and Galleria at the Jacob Javits Center, Manhattan. (Enter at 11th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets).

Nearly 92% of CUNY students are employed or continuing their education, or both, within three years of graduation.  The vast majority of graduates continue to reside, work and pay taxes in New York.

Chancellor James B. Milliken stated: “Leading public and private employers from the region and beyond count on the Big Apple Job & Internship Fair to recruit from a rich pool of talented and diverse students and graduates. It also offers remarkable employment and internship opportunities for our students and alumni.”

The Big Apple Fair also includes a CUNY graduate and professional programs fair, providing students with an opportunity to investigate advanced degrees. Since employers often offer employees some sort of tuition reimbursement, this aspect of the Fair is especially appropriate for many attendees.

Among the organizations that will be represented at the Big Apple Fair are healthcare systems; city, state and federal agencies; financial services firms; nonprofit social service agencies; IT and telecommunications firms; and educational organizations. Additionally, a number of CUNY programs also recruit at the fair.

Students and alumni do not need to sign-up for the Big Apple Fair in advance. Graduating CUNY students are advised to visit their college Career Services office for assistance preparing for the Fair. On April 22nd they need only present an updated résumé and show a current CUNY college ID for admission. CUNY alumni should present their résumés to gain admission. Professional business attire is required: for men a tie, suit, sports jacket and slacks; for women a suit/dress or skirt and jacket. No casual attire.

Maria Torres-Springer, President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the keynote speaker at the breakfast reception, leads NYCEDC’s efforts to make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the diversity of its people and businesses. The Hon. Freida D. Foster, a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings from the Board at the breakfast reception, which will be held from 9:30 am to 10:45 am in the River Pavilion at the Javits Center. Jay Hershenson, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, will moderate the program. Will Simpkins, Co-President of the Career Services Association of CUNY and Director of Career Services at John Jay College, will deliver greetings from the Association; while Pat Gray, Job Fair Coordinator and Director of Corporate Relations & Special Events, Office of University Relations, will close with information for recruiters.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree.