Second Annual Internship Fair Fills TJ Cafeteria
Students stood four abreast to speak to representatives from twenty employers during TJ’s 8th period Internship Fair, held in the school’s cafeteria on an unseasonably warm January day. With assistance from College & Career Center staff and volunteers, the TJ Partnership Fund organized and hosted the event, now in its second year.
Over 400 students, some with resumes in hand, spoke with company representatives, including several TJ alumni. Returning companies with strong alumni connections include Yext (co-founded by Class of 1998 classmates Howard Lerman, Sean MacIsaac, Alok Bushan, Tom Dixon, and Brent Metz, see Nov 2016 and June 2016 issues), Anant (founded by Rahul Singh, TJ ’00, see Aug 2016 issue), Ntrepid (represented by Exec. VP of Engineering Operations, Michael Martinka, TJ ’87, Parent ’17), and Capital One (represented by Chris Sparks, TJ ’02, Aram Tramblian, TJ ’11, and Deanna Zhu, TJ ’10).
Other alumni were first-time participants at the Fair: Classic Homes of Virginia Owner/President Vivek Puri, TJ ’92 (see Nov 2016 issue), Bizy President Christopher Spiller, TJ ’98, Dagger Analytics Founder Bruce Fein, TJ ’94, Pillow Fight Co-founder Jo Fu, TJ ’03, and Veterans on the Rise Director of Philanthropy Melanie Avery, TJ ’95.
Microsoft, which does not yet have a high school internship program, sent representatives to talk to students about possible future employment and to gather information that might lead to internship opportunities.