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By Mackenzie Riley, Eller Marketing ’14

Leadership remains a core value that Eller students strive for. Eller Leadership Fest is an annual club fair designed to assist students in finding their fit for involvement on campus.

This fall, the Fest hosted over 25 clubs and hundreds of students. The clubs are either a part of the Federation of Eller Student Organizations or other campus groups.  Whether it was Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, or the Eller Ambassadors Club, a college representative and peer mentor club, opportunities for involvement filled the Student Union Ballroom.

Eller student organizations hosted informational booths at Leadership Fest.

Eller student organizations hosted info booths at this year’s Leadership Fest. Photo by Mackenzie Riley.

The impact that campus involvement can have on a student’s college experience is priceless.  Hannah Keogh, a member of the AdCats organization, the first and only student advertising projects team, explains the invaluable influence that her membership has had on not only her college experience but her life as well.

“I joined AdCats not only to gain real-world experience in marketing, but also to strengthen my leadership skills,” she said. “My involvement with the club has assisted my professional development, added value to my resume, and exposed me to resources for my future career.”

Beyond gaining crucial professional skills and building resumes, a handful of these clubs present opportunities to associate and network with employers.  Because companies pursue leaders and involved students, many of these circumstances have landed jobs and internships for Eller students.

“AdCats initially put me in contact with Altria, a distribution company that I recently had a fulfilling internship with,” Keogh said.

Veronica Mack, a member of the Sports Marketing Association, said, “I have received internship opportunities with big names such as the Final Four.  We have also had members move on to teams such as the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  This club truly gives back what you put into it and has provided endless opportunities for our members.”

Find more information on the Eller clubs here.

Top photo by Mackenzie Riley.