Mays business students recently had the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s top retailers during the first annual Retailing Career Fair.

Hosted by the Retailing Society, the fair familiarized students with role retail plays within different industries, as well as provided both employment and internship opportunities. More than 30 retail companies participated this year, including companies such as Neiman Marcus, IKEA, Albertson’s and Barnes & Noble.

Unlike the bi-annual Business Career Fair, which includes anywhere from 120 to 150 companies, the Retailing Career Fair provided more personal interaction between recruiters and students

“The Retailing Career Fair is separate from the Business Career Fair because it narrows the field to those students and companies who are more interested in the retail side of business,” says Robyn Bairrington, president of the Retailing Society and a senior marketing major. “It’s a good way for students to find internships or permanent placement. But, the fair isn’t restricted to business majors only.”

In addition to the fair, the Retailing Society planned a College Relations Night, including an introduction to the history and traditions of Texas A&M as well as a “mini-Fish Camp,” to familiarize companies with potential applicants.

This first-ever event provided companies and students with new knowledge. “I got my feet wet and learned how to talk to companies,” says Katie Campbell, a senior management major. “I think the fair has really helped me in terms of interviewing skills and helping me learn about all the jobs in retail that are available.”