Making Connections - Norwich students, alumni network at CDC career fairs

career fairThe Career Development Center, in conjunction with the David Crawford School of Engineering, held a highly successful engineering, science, and technology career fair in early November.

For three full hours the Milano Ballroom was abuzz with Norwich students eager to gather information about careers in biology, biochemistry, biomedical technology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics, and all branches of engineering and computer science. Representatives from more than two dozen firms located throughout New England and beyond were on hand to assist students seeking summer internships and/or fulltime employment.

Included among the more than fifty representatives at the fair were a number of Norwich alumni who had returned to their alma mater specifically to try and recruit Norwich students. At one display table, Gary DuMoulin '69 engaged in a conversation with Biomedical Technology major Lauren Zecker '07. A civilian commuter student juggling a full-time job with three lab sciences and a business course, Zecker had heard that DuMoulin would be attending the fair, and was anxious to learn about his biotechnology firm, Genzyme Corporation. Genzyme is a global biotechnology company dedicated to making a major positive impact on the lives of people with serious diseases and medical conditions. One of Zecker's dreams is to combine career with travel, and Genzyme, based in Cambridge, Mass., is currently the fourth largest biotechnology firm in the world, employing 6,000 people in 80 countries.

career fair"The biomedical technology arena is enormous, and growing in leaps and bounds," said DuMoulin. On his table was a yellow sheet of paper comprising a veritable Chinese menu of job titles, among them, Information Technology Director, Market Research Analyst, Clinical Data Manager, Quality Control Supervisor, and Staff Scientist.

DuMoulin explained to Zecker that Genzyme is constantly seeking new employees to fill entry level positions, with the promise that they can work their way up through the corporation, earning graduate degrees as they go.

"Our benefits package includes tuition reimbursement for after-hours master's programs at universities such as BU and Tufts," explained DuMoulin. "That way, someone just starting out can actually build an entire career in the industry."

Lauren Zecker and Gary DuMoulinZecker, a sophomore, expressed interest in a summer internship, but explained it would be impractical to relocate from Vermont to the Boston area. DuMoulin instead suggested she investigate opportunities at Microcheck, Inc., a microbiology testing laboratory in Northfield Falls. DuMoulin was able to recommend Microcheck - co-founded in 1988 by former Norwich biology professor Mike Sinclair - because Genzyme outsources some of its bacteria identification and microbial analysis needs to them. Delighted at the prospect of finding a job in her field so close to home, Zecker wrote down the information, determined to look into it soon.

DuMoulin, who just celebrated his 35th Norwich Class Reunion this past Homecoming, seemed equally pleased. Helping Zecker make the connection only served to underscore his other motivation for attending the Career Fair.

"I'll do anything for Norwich," he beamed.

dweggler@norwich.edu, November 2004


Criminal Justice Fair coming up on March 31, 2005

The Career Development Center, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Studies, will hold the 7th Annual Criminal Justice Fair on March 31, 2005, in Milano Ballroom, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A number of Norwich graduates currently employed by federal agencies and state and local police departments will spend the afternoon dispensing information and talking about careers in law enforcement.

Criminal Justice is currently the largest academic major at Norwich. If you or a representative from your organization would like to join us on March 31, or if you would like to post an open position or internship with our office, please call or email us at the address below:

Kathy McGuckin
Associate Director, Career Development Center
Phone: 802-485-2125
Fax: 802-485-2117
Email: careers@norwich.edu


Could you provide a summer internship opportunity?

One of The Board of Fellows initiatives charted by President Schneider is the development of a strong summer internship program for our students. The Engineering Advisory Committee believes that our Engineering alumni are one of our best sources for identifying opportunities for our students to have a work experience in their field of study. If your company is interested in providing a summer internship, please contact Ed Verock, NU '65, at everock@comcast.net.

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