So I see that Caitlin wrote about the same event, but I was so pumped about it that I wanted to give my perspective on it as well!!
The largest event I plan for the semester was last night, and it was such a success. Spring Evening with Industry is something we do every year; it is a huge networking dinner. We invite some of the top engineering companies from the Viterbi Career fair to a fancy venue on/near campus. This year it was in the Radisson Grand Ballroom!
After student/company sign in, we started the evening off with casual networking. Each company had their own tall cocktail table and students were able to talk to as many companies as they wanted.
Just some of the 17 companies that attended were Qualcomm, Deloitte Consulting, Intel, Microsoft, Boeing, eBay, Turner Construction, CIA, and Chevron. We got representation from almost all of the major industries engineers can go into!!
After that, we went into the grand ballroom for dinner. Students sat with one company for dinner and another for dessert. This was a great time to ask more detailed questions of the companies since everyone was stationary for an extended period of time. The food was delicious!!
After dinner and dessert, we called out raffle prizes! There were TONS of awesome prizes; so good that I totally wished that I could have entered myself to win them. Just some of the awesome prizes were a glass chess set from Sandia National Labs, tumblers and Target gift cards from Turner, glass mugs from the CIA, and Qualcomm Jerseys that said Engineer on the back!
We gave the company representives thank you gifts in appreciation of their attendance. We got Trojan glasses from the bookstore and gave them cardinal and gold M&Ms. Fight on!
It was such a great event, and although it was so much fun to plan, I am kind of relieved it is over. Now time to catch up on the schoolwork that I kind of let slide while I was doing last minute prep work this week!
Catch you guys later!