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Students Connect with Record Number of Recruiters

In a day dedicated to taking students “to the world,” nearly 800 undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration packed the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the 2015 Pitt Business Career Development Conference. Dean's Challenge Winners at the 2015 Pitt Business Career Conference.

A record 61 regional, national, and global recruiting organizations were on hand to interview students for jobs and internships. These organizations included audit, tax, and advisory firms, government agencies, global retailers, food companies, manufacturers, and large U.S. banking institutions. 

“Our career conference helps students to learn how to better market themselves professionally, learn what employers are looking for in potential candidates, and pursue highly competitive jobs and internships across all academic majors,” said Audrey Murrell, Associate Dean of Pitt Business. 

In the morning, students attended a series of panel discussions offered by faculty and members of the recruiting organizations. The panels were broken down by areas of academic interest such as supply chain, accounting, and sales. During the panel discussions, students received valuable advice on what to expect from a career in their chosen field and many explained the importance of international experiences in career development.     

Prior to the career fair, many students prepared by working with Pitt Business faculty one-on-one to revamp their résumés and by participating in mock interview sessions with their advisors.   

 “It was remarkable to see such prominent and successful companies present at the conference and to have the chance to capitalize on all the opportunities Pitt Business has to offer,” said Brenna Wise (BSBA ’19).  

In keeping with the global theme of the conference, John Heller (MBA ’90), chief executive officer of PAE, delivered the keynote address during the networking luncheon, offering his perspective onrunning a company that operates in over 60 countries. 

In April 2015, Heller received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Business Alumni Association, which recognized him for his exceptional contributions to his profession, his community, and the business school. 

“I am so grateful that I was able to sit with and network with such knowledgeable and successful individuals. Mr. Heller is a prime example of how committed Pitt alumni are in helping those who are walking in their footsteps. It motivates me to strive to be as successful as he is and to continue to grow each day,” Wise said.

 “The seniors graduating this year had an obvious interest in this year’s career fair, and many students saw promising offers.  But even our incoming class saw the benefit! All students were able to have their résumés reviewed, connect with recruiters, and get the experience of their first career fair under their belts,” Murrell said. 

Thank you to all of the companies that participated in the Pitt Business Career Development Conference: 

  • ADP
  • Aflac Insurance
  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. 
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Baker Tilly
  • BDO USA, LLP
  • Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
  • Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. 
  • Becker Professional Education
  • BKD, LLP
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bravo Group
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions
  • Citizens Bank
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • CohnReznik LLP
  • Covestro
  • Crane Co.
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Deloitte Services LP
  • Duff & Phelps
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Exel
  • FedEx Services
  • Fi360
  • GEICO
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • KFMR
  • KPMG
  • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Maher Duessel
  • Maillie LLP
  • MassMutual Pittsburgh
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Pitt Business International Programs
  • PLS Logistics Services
  • PNC
  • PPG Industries
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Protiviti
  • Prudential Advisors
  • P&W BMW Pittsburgh
  • Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. 
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Suitable
  • The University of Pittsburgh Internal Audit Department 
  • Target
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • UPMC
  • Vanguard
  • WE-EF LIGHTING USA LLC
  • WeiserMazers LLP