Nearly 200 Black Hills State University students, alumni and community members networked with more than 40 companies and organizations during the University’s annual Fall Career Fair.


SPEARFISH … Nearly 200 Black Hills State University students, alumni and community members explored career opportunities offered by more than 40 companies and organizations at the University’s annual Fall Career Fair.

Recruiters from local, regional and national businesses such as Behavior Management Systems, Dacotah Bank,  Waddell & Reed, News Center 1, Duhamel Broadcasting, AT&T, Wells Fargo, ISIS Hospitality, Northern Hills Training Center and Canyon Hills Center answered questions and discussed job and internship opportunities with attendees. Several state and local agencies as well as a few graduate schools, including BHSU, also provided information to prospective employees and students.

Sara Elias, BHSU career development specialist, said there was a great turnout for the fair with several new companies attending. “Some of the employers in attendance were here for the first time – Target, Sam’s Club, and Deadwood Mountain Grand,” she said.

Recruiters spoke highly of the BHSU students and alumni, many who wore suits, ties, and dresses. “We had numerous employers tell us that they appreciate the quality of applicants they receive from BHSU, and they will definitely return for future recruiting events,” Elias said.

Mike Goodrich, a 2008 BHSU graduate, found the fair helpful in opening up some new options to start his career. After attending the BHSU fair, Goodrich has found several new names that peak his interest.

  He dropped off several resumes and plans on applying online to some additional companies.

Although he plans on attending graduate school, Jeff Murray, a junior biology major, used the career fair as a way to check out some internship opportunities. Murray is interested in genetics research and found the USDA Forest Service an interesting possibility.  

Michael Buckley, retail sales hiring manager for AT&T, said he had several people interested in career opportunities with the international telecommunications corporation.  He was happy with the turnout, especially because many times people don’t view AT&T as a place to work. “They think of it as ‘It’s where I get my phone,’” Buckley said.

Matt Stewart, store manager of the Rapid City Target, said the retail giant has endless opportunities for eager to work students. “When I think of Target, I think the sky’s the limit. “ Stewart, a BHSU 2002 graduate, knows this from personal experience. He interned for Target during his junior year at BHSU. After graduation, he was promoted to assistant manager and now runs the Rapid City store.