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HCC holds job and internship fair

March 26, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

Surrounded by 20 potential employers, Donte Holmes said he was interested in only one: the Hagerstown YMCA.

Holmes, 18, said he went to Monday's summer jobs and internship fair at Hagerstown Community College to apply for a job at the YMCA. With his experience at summer camps and working with children, Holmes, who is enrolled at HCC, said he was a good fit for the organization.

He gave his spiel, listing his experience and availability. He walked away a short time later with a job.

Holmes said he will go to the YMCA today to fill out some additional paperwork.

"I was kind of hoping that would happen," he said.

While not all of the more than 100 high school and college students expected at the day's fair walked away with a job, many did fill out applications. Summer jobs, part-time work and full-time work were all up for grabs at the second summer jobs and internship fair.

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"A lot of students don't know where you can find jobs," said Angie Auldridge, workplace learning/business resource specialist at HCC.

Nick Enciu, 21, said he was looking for an internship at the fair, but he was disappointed not to find anything in his fields of study - psychology and business.

"I wish they had more stuff for undergrads," said Enciu, a student at HCC. "It seems like a lot of jobs for high school students."

He said getting an internship is necessary to make sure that he gets a good job when the time comes. He said he is looking online now for internships.

"It's hard to get internships," Enciu said. "So many people are in those fields. And you need an internship, that way you aren't jumping into a field you know nothing about."

Nicki Ingram, 16, of Hagerstown, isn't looking for internships yet, but she said she was looking for part-time work that could maybe be full-time work over the summer. The Clear Spring High School student, who said she has worked as a cashier, was applying at McDonald's and Aflac during the event.

Nicki said she was most interested in the potential job at McDonald's because the representative at HCC said it could lead to other career opportunities.

Alan Ackerman, who owns Hagerstown 10 Cineplex, said he is hiring for essentially every position at the theater on Leitersburg Pike.

When the drive-in theater opens on Memorial Day, there will be additional positions available, he said.

Ackerman said at least 10 of his employees are Hagerstown Community College students. He said a good employee is one who is responsible, reliable and is "going to show up."

"Sometimes (younger employees) will be invited to a party and call off of work," he said. "That's on Saturday night ... when I need them the most."

Holly Morris, an associate manager at Coach, said she was looking for energetic, responsible and enthusiastic employees during the job fair. She had a few fill out applications.

"There's been a lot of interest in our display," she said of the two Coach bags sitting on the table next to applications for employment.

Allison Musser, 16, of Hagerstown, said she was interested in working as a camp counselor over the summer. There were several organizations, including the Washington County Recreation Department, looking for counselors and lifeguards.

Allison said it was helpful having so many employers looking for new hires in one place at one time.

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