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Spring 2010

What's Going On?

How time just flies by! After a busy fall semester, we at ACAC are preparing for another Spring Job & Internship Fair, to be held February 10th. Employers are registering now in order to receive the early bird registration fee of $120. After January 20th, the fee will increase to $150.

We see employers who have attended our job & internship fairs in the past returning, which is evidence of the quality of our students and graduates. According to Angelia Vernon of the City of Roanoke, who attended the September 2009 Fair, the students she saw were "prepared and knowledgeable of their skills and able to articulate it."

We welcome back past Fair attendees, but are constantly seeking to expand. Longwood offers students a choice of more than 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Students from all of these majors are constantly asking us to reach out to more employers in their area. We have room at the fair for a diversity of companies and organizations.

We invite any employer considering attending our Job & Internship Fair on February 10, to call (434-395-2066) or email (career@longwood.edu) for an informational conversation about Longwood.

As always, recruiters are integral to the success of Longwood students and we are always looking for opportunities to build relationships with you. Be sure to visit us the Employers section of our website!


Upcoming Career Fairs

Longwood Job & Internship Fair

Attendees at a Job and Internship fairFebruary 10, 2010
The Spring Longwood Job & Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday February 10th from 1pm - 5pm in the Grand Dining Hall. We invite you to come and speak with Longwood students about opportunities within your organizations. The registration process and additional information can be found by clicking here. Hurry, early bird registration ends Jan 20th!


College to Career Fair LogoFebruary 23, 2010
The Greater Richmond Chamber will present the 3rd Annual College To Career Fair (C2C) on February 23, 2010. C2C will introduce an expected 900 students from across the region with over 50 area employers. The fair targets interns, graduating seniors and recent graduates. An advance online resume posting system will allow students the opportunity to submit resumes prior to meeting with employers at the fair. Additionally, participating companies can access registered students' qualifications prior to the event. Visit the College To Career Fair website.


Attendees at Recruitment DayEducation Recruitment Day
March 5, 2010
Education Recruitment Day will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 in the Dorrill Dining Hall. School systems will have the opportunity to meet and interview well-qualified candidates who will be licensed to teach during the 2010-2011 academic year. December 2009 graduates, alumni and education majors from other Virginia colleges will also be invited to participate. Click for further details.


Employer Of The Month

Lord LoudounLoudoun Museum
Leesburg, VA

About the museum:
The Museum is located in two 19th century buildings at the corner of Loudoun and Wirt Streets in historic downtown Leesburg. As part of their missions to educate the public about Loudoun's history, the Museum offers a variety of interesting and inspiring programs for children and adults: guided museum visits, outreach programs, scout programs, camps, adult outreach lectures, and walking tours of historic Leesburg.

How students can get involved:
At the Museum, volunteers are welcomed and they offer interesting opportunities for each volunteer's talents, abilities and schedules. Whether assisting with cataloguing artifacts, welcoming museum visitors or helping with a special event, volunteers are active and valued members of the museum team. Students may work with the museum and their academic department to receive internship credit for their work.


On-Campus Recruiting

It has never been easier to recruit Longwood students!

  • Post Jobs & Internships
  • Host an Information Table
  • Conduct an Information Session
  • Receive Resumes (with no commitment to come to campus)
  • Interview on Campus

Can't make it to campus but still want to interview Longwood students? Contact us about using Skype to interview from a distance!

With the variety of options available for recruiting Longwood students, we are happy to work with you to find what resource best meets your company's needs. Please contact Lynn Estes, Recruitment Coordinator at 434-395-2063 or career@longwood.edu.


Alum Of The Month

Image Media Services LogoMatt Taylor
Image Media Services
Major: Communication Studies

Please provide a little background information about your company and what your position entails.
We're a full service advertising and marketing agency that works with both the private sector and the government. As a Senior Account Executive, my main responsibility is to manage communications with our clients and make sure that the work we do meets both the client's and the agency's standards. Because we're a small agency, I get to dabble in a lot of other areas of advertising such as creative development, copywriting, research, and new business. I enjoy each day because I'm almost always doing something different.

What path did you take to get where you are now?
I started off at Longwood believing that I would become a journalist, graduated knowing that I wanted to do PR, and after 2 1/2 years of PR, moved on to advertising...where I've been happily working ever since. I don't regret starting off in PR - I definitely learned a lot about writing, pitching, and what makes people tick. However, I think I would have regretted it if I'd taken some of the other positions that were offered to me after graduation.

While at Longwood, I spent all four years at WMLU 91.3, which really helped build my confidence. Whenever I have to make a presentation and am feeling nervous, I reach back to my time on the air and find my "radio voice." It was a Comm class I took my Sophomore year on Crisis Communications that made me want to get into Public Relations. I completed a PR internship that summer at the Science Museum of Virginia which helped me refine my writing.

Many people say "just get a degree, it ultimately doesn't matter what it is." I'm sure this is true for some people, and I definitely could have approached the advertising route differently. I am glad that I got a Communication Studies degree and that my journey began at Longwood.

Do you have a successful Longwood alum working for you? Nominate them as Alum of the Month.


Increase Your Presence On Campus

To establish or increase your presence on campus, consider:

  • Sharing your experience through an industry information panel or presentation to classes
  • Facilitating workshops on a variety of topics such as etiquette, cover letter and resume writing, career fair preparation, interviewing, etc.
  • Participating in mock interviews
  • Providing feedback on student resumes

Have other ideas or interest areas? We would love to hear them!


Internships: Student Spotlight

Ryan Laffoon
Major: Kinesiology: Exercise Science

Where and when did you complete your internship?
Club 14 Fitness (Amelia Island, FL)

What process did you go through to get your internship?
To find an internship I had to search (literally countrywide) and put in over 15 applications before I was able to secure this one. Upon hearing back from the Club, I made time to take a trip down to Florida to do an interview which I believe truly secured me the position.

Why do you think you were hired?
I believe I was hired because I had the knowledge necessary and the ambition to succeed and was able to convey this through my resume and interview.

What was most unique about your experience/placement?
I believe one of the most unique things I can say about the internship was the location. It is rare that someone truly gets to go to a resort location for their internship, but I worked at a private gym on an island in Florida. It doesn't get much better than that.

What was the most valuable lesson you will take away from your experience? How has this experience shaped your career direction/path?
The most valuable lesson I will take from the internship is ingenuity. You must be able to think on your feet and be ready to change everything on a moment's notice for clients and for workouts and in almost any situation in the gym.

What advice do you have for underclassmen seeking internship opportunities?
My advice would be to get on top of your search as soon as possible. DO NOT wait until the last minute as you might find yourself out of luck. I looked in January and I still found most positions filled. Really look hard and don't hesitate to go far away from home. You are not confined to Farmville or your home town. If you have to do an internship somewhere, go for the gusto and follow your dreams. Do not hesitate to take chances. You only get this one time. Make the best of it.


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About This Newsletter

The Academic & Career Advising Center at Longwood University strives to establish and maintain effective partnerships with a diverse representation of companies and organizations. As a courtesy, this newsletter is published twice a year in effort to keep employers informed of happenings at Longwood and opportunities to get involved.

If you wish to unsubscribe from this service please email the Academic & Career Advising Center. Be sure to include your name and company in the body of the email.

For more information on employer services offered by the Academic & Career Advising Center, please visit our web site.

This page is compiled and edited by Kate Morgan, Assistant Director. For inquiries, comments or suggestions for content, contact Kate at morgankb@longwood.edu.


Important Dates

  • January 11 - Classes Begin
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • February 10 - Longwood Job & Internship Fair
  • February 23 - College to Career Fair
  • February 26 - Student-Alumni Networking Event
  • March 5 - Education Recruitment Day
  • March 8-12 - Spring Break - No Classes
  • April 23 - Last Day of Classes

Recruiting Calendar (pdf)


A Little About Longwood

       Longwood is a co-educational, comprehensive university offering over 100 programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Survey ranks Longwood as a top regional public school in the south.

Founded in 1839, Longwood is one of the oldest colleges in the U.S. Formerly a college for women, Longwood became co-educational in 1976.

On July 1, 2002, Longwood College became Longwood University!


Contact Us!

                         Feel free to contact us at any time by calling 434-395-2063 or emailing career@longwood.edu.