Forget staycations. Campus Philly wants to turn more newly minted college grads into working Philadelphia residents.
That’s a tall order during a recession that has mowed down 6 million jobs nationwide.
A National Association of Colleges & Employers survey indicates less than 20 percent of 2009 grads who have applied for a job have one in hand. Two years ago, more than half had one by graduation.
Campus Philly executive director Jon Grabelle Herrmann said none of that is preventing the nonprofit organization from holding its first Opportunity Fair. For about seven years, the group has been recruiting students to go to college in the region and encouraging them to be active in the community while attending school.
It does that, in part, with a weekly e-mail newsletter that reaches about 30,000 college students. Now Campus Philly is trying to keep them here after graduation by helping them network professionally. During the most recent school year, 5,000 students applied for 1,300 internships through Campus Philly.
About 350 students had pre-registered for its Opportunity Fair as of Friday. Herrmann said he expects turnout to be between 500 and 1,000.
Backed by 20 colleges and universities, the event will feature 44 employers looking to hire or bring on interns, Herrmann said.
But if the work world isn’t your thing right now, there will be 17 graduate schools there hoping you’ll continue your studies with them.
The Campus Philly Opportunity Fair is open to those who graduated from area colleges and universities from 2004 through 2009. It will be held at St. Joseph’s University’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus along City Avenue today, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m.