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Fall 2003 Interviewing Season Yields Success for 2Ls, 3Ls

Elaine Jones
Career Services' Polly Lawson '01 consults with a student.

More than 90 percent of the second-year class obtained summer employment through the fall 2003 interview season, and third years affected by the faltering economy last year received more interest from employers during on-Grounds interviews than in recent years.

“The market seemed to have picked up a bit,” said Steve Hopson ’69, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services. “Employers were very interested in UVA students. They extended a lot of callbacks—more than we've seen in recent years.”

Second-year students averaged 19.7 interviews apiece, interviewing with 371 employers from 886 offices. Employers based in Washington, D.C. led those from all other cities seeking to hire Virginia students. Other top locations were New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Chicago, Richmond, and Northern Virginia. The Career Services Office arranged for 504 scheduled rooms during the season, which lasted from September 3 to October 24, up from last year’s 502. The 342 second-years who participated garnered a total of 6,745 interviews, while 3Ls had 713, a high number Hopson attributes to conservative hiring in recent years by firms who now need to find employees to take slots not filled by summer programs.

“Third-years definitely got more attention this fall than in the last two years,” Hopson said. He added that the number of 2Ls who were unable to get summer jobs with firms is the lowest in recent memory. Second-year students usually receive permanent offers from the firms they work for during the summer by the beginning of their third year.

“The success of our students was extremely high,” Hopson said.
• Reported by M. Wood

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