7th Annual BTEC-ISPE Career Fair draws a full house

Published April 2, 2013

Almost 200 students from NC State and other area universities mingled with potential employers at the seventh annual BTEC–ISPE Career Fair on March 15. The event was attended by 192 invited students and others from the Triangle area. They visited with representatives from 18 organizations, including major biopharmaceutical firms and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The career fair has grown each year since it was first held in 2007 and is an important opportunity for students seeking full-time employment or summer internships in the biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical industries. Internship and job offers are often extended in the weeks following the event.

The career fair, co-sponsored by the Carolina–South Atlantic chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), is held each spring at BTEC.  An invitation-only event, candidates are selected and invited by one or more of the organizations participating in the event. This year, participating employers included AbbVie Bioresearch Center (formerly Abbott), Biogen Idec, bioMerieux, Commissioning Agents, Inc., Catalent, the FDA, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Genentech, Hospira, Hyde Engineering and Consulting, Kelly Scientific, Merck, NNE Pharmaplan, Novartis Vaccines, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Pharmaceutical Calibrations and Instrumentation, LLC., and PharmaSys.

Students from NC State, UNC–Chapel Hill, Duke University, Campbell University, Eastern Carolina University, NC Central University and other institutions attended the event.  They are typically studying chemical engineering, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry, chemistry or biomedical engineering. 

ISPE-CASA is a volunteer society of technical professionals in the FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. The chapter is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its nearly 1300 members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience. ISPE-CASA also sponsors student chapters at several universities in the region, including NC State.