More than 400 students, graduates and others sought interviews and information from company representatives at the booths of more than 70 companies and school systems Wednesday at Southern University’s Career Exploration Day.

The event was coordinated by Southern’s Office of Career Services in partnership with the school’s Department of Education, Arts and Humanities. Some of the companies involved included: BASF-The Chemical Company, the parish parks commission, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, ExxonMobil, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, IBM, the Aerospace Corporation, the Department of Justice, Cabela’s, the Environmental Protection Agency, Raising Cane’s, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Proctor & Gamble, the Iberville Parish School System, the West Baton Rouge Parish School System and the Klein Independent School District.

“We have some of the best and brightest students attending Southern University and they are here to gain an education that would make them competitive in the job market,” said Tamara Montgomery, head of the Office of Career Services. “Students attend college to prepare for the world of work. We are definitely preparing them, and the companies are here because we have some of the best students.”

Jenipher W. Smith, a field supervisor with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, said she was impressed with the students that visited her booth. She was looking for potential bank examiners.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Southern, the deans and their students,” said Smith, who has worked with the FDIC for 27 years and who has had SU grads work for her. “These events are very beneficial for our needs.”