On Monday, October 27th, Champlain College Career Services hosted their annual Fall Internship and Part Time Job Fair. Out of the 469 Champlain students who attended the fair, 156 of them were majors in the CCM Division!
Students gathered at the Argosy Gym for an opportunity to network, explore opportunities, and apply for internships and jobs. Part of the draw was spurred by the exciting group of 70+ employers who attended, including Dealer.com, MyWebGrocer, Fuse, Brandthropology, The State of Vermont, as well as game industry attendees from Activision, Arkadium, Vicarious Vision and Gametheory.
Arkadium Game’s Samara Alexander (top left) presented an info session on the history and culture of her casual gaming company, and the many opportunities for internships and new careers.
Julie Coucoules (right), senior manager of Activision from San Francisco, also presented a session on getting hired in one of Activision’s 15 studios that makes Call of Duty, one of the most popular game series in the world. Julie flew to Burlington to source talent from Champlain College because of her positive interactions with alumni who already work at Activision’s Sledgehammer studio and her meetings with students who attended the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Recruiters from Vicarious Visions in Albany, that makes the Skylanders series, attended the fair and interviewed several recent game design alumni for immediate openings in game testing. They expect to make several hires. All recruiters visited classes and saw Senior Capstone presentations in progress, which they said mirrored exactly what happens in the game workplace. This exciting three-day series of events with out-of-state recruiters helped solidify Champlain’s Game Studio’s growing reputation as offering game programs in design, art, animation, programming, and management that train and prepare students to become excellent future game developers.
Additionally, Gametheory, a local game company founded by Game Studio alumna, Marguerite Dibble, attended the fair and provided an example of what enterprising game students might achieve if they set their sights on creating a start-up venture.
Employers were just as excited as the students to be a part of this fun day. Roxanne Vought from the VT Intern Program boasted that “Champlain students are consistently valued for their readiness for the workforce. They are well informed and well prepared, and they stand out for their drive, skills, and experience.” Glen Gehrkens from MyWebGrocer also notes that Champlain’s students “seem better prepared for the ‘real world’ than other students.”
Career Services will be hosting their Spring Job Fair on Monday, March 30th.