Career Fair information for students

College of Science and Engineering Career Fair

Save the dates! Join us in person for the Fall 2022 Career Fair Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 21. We're also hosting a virtual career fair on Friday, Oct. 7.

 

 

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Attend prep events

Plan to attend Career Fair prep workshops.The workshops will also be recorded and posted on the CSE Career Center's Youtube playlist. See the full list of Career Fair Preparation Workshops.

Prepare for the Career Fair

Update your Handshake profile

Update your profile in Handshake and learn how to search for jobs and internships using the University's online system. Find out more on the Handshake website.

Get your resume and cover letter ready

Prepare your 30-second "elevator pitch"

To learn how to introduce yourself to employers and see sample elevator pitches, download the Career Fair Prep Guide (PDF).

Research companies that interest you

The more you know about the company when you meet recruiters, the more you will impress them! To get started, download the Researching Employers and Industries Guide (PDF). Find out more on the Handshake website.

Prepare for interviews

To get started, download the Interviewing Guide for Industry (PDF).

Preparation for international students

There are many nuances to job and internship searching as an international student. Read about considerations and career resources for international students.

Hear advice from employers

Learn tips and advice from employers who attend the career fair.

Dress to impress

The University will host aJCPenny Suit-Up Event” on Sunday, Sept. 18, between 3-6 p.m., to provide discounted professional attire. You will also be able to use a coupon code, if shopping online. Learn more in the Events tab of Handshake.

The College of Science and Engineering has partnered with Ready for Success, a local non-profit organization that provides professional attire to job/internship seekers at no cost to the student. The Career Center can secure an appointment for you with this organization. If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in CSE and have financial need, please fill out this application form.

Non-CSE students, please contact your career center to see what assistance may be available. You must be a CSE undergraduate student who is actively searching for a job or internship and be able to demonstrate financial need. Appointments are very limited.

Who can attend the CSE Career Fair?

The CSE career fair is open to:

  • College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students at the University of Minnesota (undergraduate and graduate)
  • CSE alumni who have graduated within the past three years. You must use your UMN email address.
  • Non-CSE students actively enrolled at the University of Minnesota.
    • Please note: Non-CSE University of Minnesota students should be aware that employers attending the CSE Career Fair are specifically there to hire CSE students. In addition, non-CSE students may have problems applying for jobs and requesting interviews in Handshake.

Students and alumni from other institutions may not attend the career fair.

Recruiting events

What recruiting events are available?

A great way to explore career paths, learn about companies, gain industry knowledge and connect with hiring managers is to take advantage of recruiting events happening every semester. Keep an eye on Handshake Events to ensure you don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

  • Information Sessions
  • Tech Talks 
  • Tabling sessions
  • Employer site visits

FAQs

Do I need to register in Handshake to attend the career fair?

You may access the College of Science and Engineering Career Fair event page in Handshake. It is encouraged but not required to Join Event to receive preparation tips, important announcements, and other details related to the career fair.

How do I prepare for the career fair?

Attend the CSE Career Fair prep workshops, Resume Marathon and Practice Interview Day before the career fair. The CSE Career Center will also offer extended drop-in hours before the career fair.

Is there an app?

Handshake has a mobile application which you can use to access the fair details. We recommend doing research ahead of time using a desktop website for more accessibility.

When can I start researching companies?

You can begin researching companies in Handshake now. You can research the company, find positions posted under Jobs and follow companies.

How can I see what positions are available for the employers during the career fair?

A few weeks before the career fair, log into Handshake, select Events, then Career Fairs, and find the College of Science & Engineering Career Fair events. You can see the individual details for the employers you are interested in meeting. You can also search for positions via the Jobs tab to see a full position description and to apply.

Not all employers will have position titles listed and not all employers will have their position descriptions posted in Handshake.

I'm a first-year student. Should I attend the Career Fair?

Yes, we encourage first-year students and students exploring options to attend the CSE Career Fair to become familiar with the fair and learn about job, co-op, and internship opportunities available to CSE students.

Is there somewhere for me to drop my bag and coat at the career fair?

There will be a bag check in the West Lobby of 3M Arena at Mariucci. Try to limit what you bring to the career fair. If possible, leave your bag at home and don’t bring valuables with you. Please allow extra time for bag pick up, as there may be a line.

Do employers at the CSE Career Fair also host on-campus events?

Log into Handshake and review the Events tab to see employers hosting virtual information sessions you can attend. Employers will continue to add events throughout the semester.