Staff Report

On Feb. 18, the University of Nevada, Reno will host the first Summer Job and Internship Expo with partner Tesla Motors to fill 350 internships. The expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union’s Glick Ballrooms.

As a prelude to the expo itself, there will be an informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Davidson Math and Science Center Room 110 that will provide interested students with an idea of what it would be like to work for Tesla.

Additionally, it is advised that any students interested in attending dress professionally and bring their resumes, as Tesla may be granting interviews on the spot. The expo is being organized by the Nevada Career Studio, and will also include representatives from Teach For America, Target and 42 other companies. A full list of participating employers can be found at the Career Studio’s homepage on the UNR website.

Tesla’s recruiting efforts come on the heels of its decision to build a $5 billion battery gigafactory just east of Reno and represents some of the first efforts by the company to begin building a body of workers to staff the factory for its slated 2017 opening.

The factory will produce lithium ion batteries for Tesla’s Model S and upcoming Model X, the latter of which remains in development. The size of the factory will allow Tesla to produce an estimated 500,000 cars in 2020, up from 35,000 in 2014.

The decision to build the gigafactory in Northern Nevada was announced Sept. 4 of last year after a lengthy bidding process which ended with Nevada’s bid succeeding over others from Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Current plans have the factory sprawled over 1,000 acres and employing around 6,500 people. Tesla’s projections have the gigafactory set to open by 2017 and fully operational by 2020.

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