Career Fair information for students
Prepare for the Career Fair
Dress to impress
The University of Minnesota will host a JCPenny Suit-Up Event on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 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 Handshake Events tab.
The College of Science and Engineering has also partnered with Ready for Success, a local non-profit organization that provides professional attire to job and internship seekers at no cost to the student. Career Services 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 the professional attire application form for CSE students.
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.
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
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. CSE Career Services also will 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. There also will be a Career Fair tour for any interested students on Tuesday, Sept. 19 anytime between 3-5 p.m. Meet in the lobby of Huntington Bank Stadium (Benton County entrance) and look for the Career Fair tour sign. Expect about a 15-minute tour.
Is there somewhere for me to drop my bag and coat at the career fair?
Once you have checked into the Career Fair, you will have access to the free bag check in the Club Cambria room on the third floor of Huntington Bank Stadium. 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.