Hundreds Line Up at NTID’s Annual Job Fair

Pam Siebert, an RIT/NTID graduate who works as a software developer for IBM, speaks with students at the NTID Job Fair.
Story Highlights: 
  • This is the 11th year for the NTID Job Fair.
  • 44 prospective employers attended, from local and national companies and agencies.
  • Co-op and permanent jobs are available in many companies.
  • Prospective employers say the students at RIT/NTID bring skills and diversity to their workplace.


Jason Panarra, a chemistry major from New Jersey graduating from RIT/NTID next spring, put on a dress shirt and tie, printed some resumes and went looking for a future career from some of the 44 employers at the NTID Job Fair today.

He was among hundreds of students and community members that attended the fair, now in its 11th year.

“Dow Chemical sounded good, and they have a place in Philly, not far from my home,” Panarra said. “And I visited with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and Eastman Kodak. What I’m trying to do is work in a lab, identifying new objects and using different procedures.”

Five representatives from Google kept busy speaking with students and accepting their resumes. Caitlin Merrell, university program specialist for Google, where several RIT graduates work, said the company wanted to attend the NTID Job Fair to find “a different perspective. Google believes in bringing people from different backgrounds and experiences together so we can understand their point of view and enrich our products and think more creatively. We’re definitely seeing some good candidates today.”

Pam Siebert, who graduated from RIT/NTID in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, and in 2009 with a master’s degree in software development/management, came back to the RIT campus representing IBM. She was a student at RIT when she completed a co-op with IBM eight years ago. Now, she’s a software developer for the company and is based near Kansas City, Kan.

Her advice for students looking for work? “The most important thing is to get a co-op, even if your major doesn’t require one. That will lead to a full-time job,” she said.
Kelly Engert, who hires for Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Rochester, called RIT “an excellent resource” in finding talented workers. She said the company has more than 100 job openings from Buffalo to Utica, ranging from information technology, sales and marketing to accounting. “We could almost hit every major you have here,” she said.
It was the first NTID Job Fair attended by representatives of Harbec Plastics in Ontario, Wayne County. The firm has 120 employees, and is seeking additional help from machinists, design engineers, process engineers and people skilled in machining technology.

Natalie Trueheart, manager for fair employment practices for Delphi, in Troy, Mich., said the company is seeking full-time mechanical, electrical and industrial engineers.
“I do a lot of career fairs and I am very impressed,” Trueheart said. “The caliber of the students here is outstanding. We’ll definitely be back.”

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