In this day and age, volunteer and internship experience is more important than ever. Dan Hammill, the Program Director for the Whatcom Volunteer Center, explains that the real, core skills one gains through volunteering for their community or working with an active organization is unprecedented to any other experience. Additionally businesses, community groups and employers want to work with people who have a first hand understanding of work in the real world. Being personally involved with such non-profits, government organizations and private businesses will help you build bridges within specific industries of student needs and desires. For young adults, however, discovering such opportunities can sometimes be difficult.

The Community Internship and Volunteer Fair, a Career Service Center sponsored event, is a chance for students to find those opportunities and will be on Oct. 18 from 12-4 p.m. in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room.

At the event over 50 non-profit, government, environmental and entertainment organizations and agencies will be showcasing ways in which students can become involved in their programs. Such organizations include the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

This fall NSEA has a number of internship opportunities in which students can help improve salmon habitat throughout the Nooksack River watershed. From hands-on group work parties in salmon bearing streams, to photography and graphic design internships, there are various volunteer opportunities that fit individual interests.

Students who plan on attending the Internship and Volunteer Fair should come prepared with a resume and a quiver of questions to ask representatives. Hand-in-hand with the Internship and Volunteer Fair, the Career Service Center will also be offering two workshops to help students prepare for the event.

From 4-5 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Old Main 280K there will be a workshop that has been designed specifically for the fair. From 3-5 p.m. on, Oct. 16 in the same room there will be a workshop to help students build, design and organize their resumes.

For students who have never put together a resume to those that have had extensive volunteer and internship experience, the Internship and Volunteer Fair will be a great opportunity to network with local organizations.