“We want students to explore what options
they have,” said Dr. Carol Winters-Moorhead, dean of
nursing. “The sky is the limit. There is a shortage of
nurses here as well as internationally; students can see that
there are opportunities everywhere.”
The career fair was the place to be for students who want internships
or are very close to entering the work force. Ada Jauregui, an
HPU student and Pre-Med Society officer, was out scouting internships
for her program. “I am a volunteer trying to find out about
internships for pre-physical therapy majors,” she said.
Jauregui planned to take internship information back to the Pre-Med
Society and inform her peers about what’s out there.
Colorful boards with pictures and catchy phrases such as “Troops
to Teachers” attracted students to take a closer look at
the requirements needed to get certain jobs in the Hawai‘i
Department of Education. The Troops to Teachers program allows
people who are getting out of the service or who are retired
military to work in the Hawai‘i school system.
The career fair also was a chance for representatives from
different organizations to interview potential interns. Companies
also complete an internship order form, letting the Career Service
Center at HPU, the department that sponsored the fair, know what
types of interns these organization were looking for, and what
qualifications HPU students need in order to apply, and what
the companies offered interns.
One place definitely offering jobs was the Mau‘i Police
Department. Captain Schmitt, from the Lahaina station, said: “There
are 30-45 vacancies alone in Mau‘i for officers and dispatchers.” Schmitt
added that Mau‘i is one of the busiest police stations
in the islands. It currently employs 300 people and is looking
to recruit more.