Virtual Roundtables Connect Students to Industries and Companies

Students Engage with Employers Remotely

The Independent Colleges and Universities for New Jersey is excited to connect students to industries and companies in a new way.  Experiential learning opportunities may be harder to achieve this summer given the unprecedented need to safeguard lives through social distancing.  The Independent College Fund of New Jersey is working with its donors and trustees to develop new ways of building connections, gaining insight into industries, and promoting career options.

The virtual roundtable discussions with industry leaders are designed to help students

  • Expand their understanding of career opportunities
  • Explore industry innovations requiring their knowledge and expertise
  • Build professional networks by interacting with industry professionals
  • Promote experiential learning opportunities
  • Build a pathway to success.

CohnReznick Virtual Career Roundtable

ICFNJ partnered with CohnReznick to sponsor the second in the Virtual Roundtable series. The September 30th Virtual Roundtable was entitled “Setting Yourself Apart in a Virtual World” and focused on the job search during a pandemic, where face-to-face interaction is no longer the norm.  The roundtable was a Zoom session offered to accounting majors of our member institutions. A college recruiter from CohnReznick led a candid conversation offering resume guidance, networking advice, and interview preparation tips to the student attendees. The students were invited to ask any and all questions to an accounting recruiter in a safe space. The students learned a great deal and found the conversation informative and beneficial.

Ernst & Young Virtual Career Roundtable

ICFNJ thanks Ernst & Young, LLP for launching this new opportunity.  The August 4th event was the first in a series of career roundtables open to students seeking both traditional and innovative career options for their majors.

Ernst & Young LLP is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services they deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. EY develops outstanding leaders who team to deliver on their promises to stakeholders. In so doing, they play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

Twenty-eight (28) students were selected to sit at the virtual table. EY coordinated professionals to match the majors of students selected to participate.  Applicants were selected on a rolling basis based on certain criteria.  The student and professional attendees reported that the virtual roundtable was both insightful and beneficial.

We look forward to offering more programming connecting students to industries and companies.

Application Criteria

The following criteria must be met to apply: 

  • Full-time student enrolled at one of New Jersey’s independent colleges or universities
  • Pursuing one of the majors listed below
  • Currently enrolled as a junior or in the third year of study
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Demonstrates commitment to community engagement
  • Complete application including personal statement and resume

Qualifying Majors

This opportunity is open to the following majors: 

  • Accounting/Taxation
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science/Computer Engineering/
    Systems Engineering
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Industrial/Mechanical Engineering
  • Info Management/Info Science/Info Systems/
    Info Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management/Research
  • Security

Interested candidates should apply by completing an application form.  Students must also submit a resume, unofficial transcript and letter of reference.  Letters of reference will be accepted after deadline unprecedented circumstances impacting ability to reach reference contacts in a timely manner.

Please contact ypanella@njcolleges.org with any questions.