The University of Arizona

Tri-University Career Mixer Seeks to Fill Arizona Jobs

By Rebecca Ruiz-McGill, University Communications | May 23, 2012

The June 5 event seeks to connect UA, ASU and NAU graduates with Arizona employers.

Recent and soon-to-be graduates from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University will gather June 5 for a first-of-its-kind career mixer on the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix campus.

Arizona's Career Mixer, hosted by the UA and BestCompaniesAZ in partnership with the Arizona Alumni Association, will be held in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium from 2- 5 p.m. The event aims to help upper-division students and recent graduates of Arizona's three state institutions find internships and permanent positions in Arizona.

The event is free to students and recent graduates of the UA, ASU and NAU. Those interested in attending are invited to pre-register to book an allotted time for VIP entrance and a chance to win an iPad and other raffle prizes (though pre-registration is not required). Come prepared to show school identification.

The event is being organized by UA Career Services' Kara Weller, assistant director of employer development for Metro Phoenix. She has collaborated with representatives from ASU and NAU in bringing new Arizona job seekers and employers together for one event.

"We really focused on small to mid-sized businesses that are looking to fill just-in-time hiring needs," said Weller. 

For the event, Weller sought out Arizona companies with histories of being nominated as "Best Places to Work," gaining national or local awards and known as having a good work culture. The event, however, is open for registration to any employer interested in hiring people in Arizona.

"In speaking with area businesses, there is difficulty in finding employees who graduated a few years ago with a couple of years of experience. These employers are looking for people who can hit the ground running and immediately start producing, and there is also a great need for employees in the science, technology, engineering and math fields," said Weller.

So far, more than 60 employers have signed up to connect with the state's university graduates. Employers include Yelp, Starwood Hotels, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Honeywell and other businesses with varied needs in the pharmacy, public-health, medicine, insurance, transportation, computer and electronics, finance and retail fields.