UMD Computer Science Majors Participate in the Career and Internship Fair

Over 1,000 students and 36 companies converged at the Stamp Student Union Ballroom for networking and recruitment opportunities.
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The University of Maryland's Department of Computer Science hosted its bi-annual Career and Internship Fair on February 26, 2024, at the Stamp Student Union Ballroom. The event, designed to connect students with potential employers, featured 117 representatives from 36 companies, including eight corporate partners. It drew diverse organizations, including startups, government agencies, mid-size tech firms and large industry players, spanning sectors like finance, environmental services and security.

Descriptive ImageOver 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students attended this year’s fair, each carrying resumes and eager to engage with potential employers. 

“Everybody was very welcoming,” said junior computer science major Orion Daniel. “They were informative, encouraging and focused on helping us find the right opportunity. With so many companies that align with our interests, it's nearly impossible not to leave with a clearer vision or a direct opportunity for your future career path.”

Sophomore computer science major Purva Chimurkar found her experience particularly enriching. Her enthusiasm stemmed not only from the potential job opportunities but also from the meaningful connections and insights she gathered, especially from UMD alumni.

“Connecting with UMD graduates working at these companies is especially rewarding,” Chimurkar said. “They've been through the same coursework we're undergoing now. Hearing from those who have navigated our current studies to successful careers in these organizations is incredibly inspiring and beneficial.”

In her talks with employers, Chimurkar also had the opportunity to highlight interests she feels passionate about.

"Beyond academics, I got the chance to discuss the significance of representing women in computer science and other underrepresented groups," Chimurkar said. "Being on the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) board holds special meaning for me. The fact that my AWC involvement on my resume caught employers’ attention fostered a unique bond between us. This aspect of our dialogue underlined the importance of showcasing our diverse interests at the fair.”

This sentiment of opportunity and engagement was not only felt by students but also was a key element of what employers sought. The fair served as aDescriptive Image crucial bridge, connecting ambitious students with organizations eager to discover fresh talent who can bring new ideas and energy to their teams.

Recruiter and alum Aaron Hall (B.S. ’18, computer science) from Cypher Tech Solutions in Elkridge, Maryland, emphasized just that. 

“We don’t only desire students’ technical skills, but we aim to recruit students who are deeply passionate,” Hall said. “As a company focused on computer science, it's clear that technical ability is a baseline. However, beyond that, we prioritize soft skills and passion. We seek individuals who not only write good code but are also eager to learn and genuinely interested in the types of work and missions we support.”

As the fair concluded, students and companies alike departed with feelings of achievement and excitement for what lies ahead. For numerous students, the event signified the start of their professional paths, providing insights and connections that may influence their career direction. For the companies, it presented a chance to cultivate relationships with the upcoming generation of technology professionals, guaranteeing a steady flow of new ideas and talent into their organizations.

—Story by Samuel Malede Zewdu, CS Communications 

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