Hai Yan Chen, a sophomore international studies/business major at Emory & Henry College, has been selected as the college’s second representative on a statewide advisory council that focuses on connecting private college students with internship and employment opportunities at top Virginia employers.
Chen joins current representative Kevin Heideman, a senior accounting major, in serving on the Student Advisory Council for CAREER15, a job placement network for students enrolled at the 15 private colleges and universities which are members of the statewide consortium supported by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement and leadership on campus.
CAREER15 was launched by the VFIC in 2007 as a cost-efficient and time-efficient way to connect Virginia’s private college students with potential employers. Students and companies connect through postings on a central website – www.career15.com – and through regional events which bring students and employers face-to-face. Currently, over 100 employers and 3000 students are participating in the program.
Heideman and Chen will work with other council members in providing advice to the staff of CAREER15, and promoting the program and its events on their respective campuses, with the goal of increasing student participation in the placement program.
During this on-campus work, Heideman and Chen will work closely with Emory & Henry College’s Director of Career Services, Amanda Gardner.