University Career Center

students attending an immersion excursion event

Every Friday, we’ll be highlighting some helpful information specifically for first-year students. Today we hear from a couple first-year students who participated in Immersion Excusions.

Valassis Immersion

"Before I attended the Valassis Immersion, a friend of mine from the business school told me at the Career Fair in February that I need to gain marketing skills if I want to be a Sports Agent. The idea sounded logical since I do have to market my clients well to different coaches and general managers. My career advisor in the Emerging Wolverines program (which every freshman should join) sent an email about Valassis. I wanted to learn different options with my degree, so I applied. Valassis employees were ecstatic, friendly, and open to answer every question we had. I did not think they would pay close attention to my resume because I am a freshman but they did. Last week, they emailed me about a job position. In this case, do not be afraid to take chances because you never know what opportunities will come to you."

Starcom and Red Frog Events Immersion

"I was given the unique opportunity to speak with Associates and Supervisors at Chicago companies Starcom MediaVest Group and Red Frog Events. Participation in this event introduced me to influential individuals and educated me about a small fraction of the business world. I started the day at Starcom, where the company provided us with a great opportunity to start networking. After a comprehensive presentation about their daily tasks within the company, we had a chance to ask employees questions about their careers. I learned about the different Strategy and Activation teams involved in the company as well as the responsibilities of a potential intern. I was truly impressed with their level of professionalism and the awards that Starcom has received over time.

After a wonderful experience at Starcom, we continued with a tour of Red Frog Events. This event-planning company has unparalleled work ethic and enthusiasm. Inside their office is a tree house, a conference table that substitutes swings for chairs, a living pet frog, and a climbing wall. But the most incredible part about it is that none of these entertaining things inhibit productivity. The employees clearly enjoyed their work environment and were motivated to succeed within it."