Last fall Maddi Manos attended On Fire To Hire, a startup expo held on campus, in search of the per­fect match to round out her North­eastern co-​​op expe­ri­ences. Her first two co-​​ops were at TJX and Amazon, but she was looking to join a startup with an eye toward trying some­thing dif­ferent and acquiring a new set of skills.

I was coming from co-​​ops at two large com­pa­nies, and a startup is a big pivot,” said Manos, DMSB’17, a fourth-​​year busi­ness major with a con­cen­tra­tion in finance and entre­pre­neur­ship. “But I wanted to work at a startup, at a place where I had the oppor­tu­nity to learn a lot and grow.”

One of the star­tups on her list was Antera Ther­a­peu­tics, a Cam­bridge, Massachusetts-​​based biotech­nology com­pany that develops ther­a­pies for the pre­ven­tion of peanut allergy devel­op­ment in infants. She net­worked with the company’s  rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the expo and imme­di­ately felt it would be a great fit. She left her resumé, fol­lowed up with the com­pany soon after via email, and ulti­mately landed a co-​​op posi­tion there starting in January.

On Monday night, the fourth-​​year stu­dent will return to the latest On Fire To Hire expo. But this time she’ll be there in an offi­cial capacity, working as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Antera and looking to meet prospec­tive hires for co-​​op and intern­ship positions.

On Fire To Hire will take place from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room and Indoor Quad. More than 50 star­tups (here’s a listing of those par­tic­i­pating) will be rep­re­sented at Monday night’s event, which is expected to draw hun­dreds of job­seekers looking for co-​​ops for the fall 2016 co-​​op cycle, intern­ships, or full-​​time positions.

The expo is open only to North­eastern stu­dents and alumni, and NU IDs are required. Reg­is­tra­tion begins at 5 p.m.

Star­tups expos are really inter­esting places to learn about new com­pa­nies that are out there and up-​​and-​​coming,” Manos said. “There’s a strong cross-​​section of a lot of dif­ferent co-​​op opportunities.”

For her part, Manos said she’s loving her role at Antera. Her respon­si­bil­i­ties include working on the oper­a­tions side of the busi­ness, mar­keting efforts to both par­ents and physi­cians, and serving as an account man­ager. Next week, she’ll head to Los Angeles, where she and her col­leagues will rep­re­sent the com­pany at the 2016 annual meeting of the Amer­ican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

My posi­tion is every­thing,” she said.

Manos’ advice to stu­dents and alumni attending Monday night’s On Fire To Hire Startup Expo: Take a deep breath, do some pre-​​event research on a few com­pa­nies you want to net­work with, and make good first impressions.

Want to learn a little more about what this event is all about? Here’s a look at our Snapchat video from the On Fire To Hire Startup Expo this past October.