Career Fairs Bring Employers and MIT Students Together
Career fairs are an excellent way to meet MIT students and strengthen your company brand on campus. Career fairs are held throughout the academic year. MIT Career Fairs are sponsored by many different organizations, as described below. Employers should contact each career fair directly for information about registration.
GECD-Career Services Career Fair
Global Education and Career Development (GECD) organizes the MIT Spring Career Fair to provide opportunities that correspond to the needs of MIT students still seeking full-time jobs and summer internships at the time of the fair in April. This “just in time” concept matches employers who are still hiring, with students still seeking opportunities later in the semester. Employers participating in the Spring Career Fair, or any other event recruiting MIT students on campus or off campus, are expected to abide by MIT’s Recruiting Policies.
(Note: These fairs are run by student groups; contact each fair directly for information on registration)
Fall Career Fair (Friday, September 20, 2013): Organized by the Graduate Student Council, Society of Women Engineers, and the Senior Class. This career fair kicks off the fall recruiting season and is the largest fair on-campus with over 300 companies in attendance.
Tech Fair (Monday, February 4, 2013): Student-run event that seeks to connect the MIT community with a carefully-curated selection of exciting tech companies. At this event, tech giants share space with innovative startups. All of the exhibitors demonstrate their latest products and present their cutting-edge research.
Tau Beta Pi Career Fair (Tuesday, February 5, 2013): Organized by the MIT Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and held on the first day of the Spring Semester. The fair is a two-part event, starting with the main career fair followed by a networking reception.
Startup Career Fair (Monday, February 11, 2013): Organized by Startlabs
Department of Civil & Environment Engineering Career Fair (Friday, February 22, 2013):Organized by the Career Fair Committee of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Students' Association
European Career Fair (February 23-25, 2013): Organized by the MIT European Club. Connects employers from Europe with candidates who are looking for employment outside of the United States.
Asian Career Fair (Saturday, April 20th, 2013): Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.
Advice for a Successful Career Fair Experience
- Have more than one representative available to speak to students.
- Long lines sometimes deter students from approaching your booth.
- Bring company brochures and other promotional materials.
- Students are often frustrated by companies who do not accept their resume at the career fair.
- Provide information on career opportunities including internships.
- Many students come to a career fair to research companies and gather information for future needs.
- Students love "swag." A useful giveaway is always a solid strategy.
- Holding interviews on campus after a career fair is a solid use of time and resources. Book rooms in advance.