Career fairs are a great way to connect with potential employers, apply for internships and jobs and learn about different companies and career fields. MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by GECD. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments.
MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.
Upcoming Career Fairs
Fall Career Fair - Friday, September 23, 2016
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.
Engineering Boutique Night - November 2016 (TBD)
Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university. MIT Students, to register you will need to log in to your CareerBridge account, Select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event.
European Career Fair - Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9am-6pm
Organized by: The MIT European Club. Connects employers from Europe with candidates who are looking for employment outside of the United States.
xFair - Monday, February 1, 2016, 10am-4pm
Organized by: TechX and The MIT Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. xFair (which joins Techfair and TBP's career fair) is a career fair and expo combined--companies can showcase their products and services to thousands of MIT students in order to build their brand at MIT and give students a better idea of what they could work on during a potential internship or job.
Transportation Showcase - Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Organized by: MIT Transportation Club, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the New England University Transportation Center. Showcasing transportation research carried out at MIT, this event is an excellent venue to get advice, feedback, and ideas for future research as well as to connect with possible research collaborators.
CEESA Career Fair - Friday, February 26, 2016
Organized by: The Career Fair Committee of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Students' Association. MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair.
Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Career Fair - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Organized by: The Arab Student Organization.
Asian Career Fair - March 5 - 6, 2016
Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences Career Fair - Spring 2016 TBD
Organized by: The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Spring Career Fair - Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Organized by: Global Education & Career Development (GECD). GECD organizes the MIT Spring Career Fair to provide opportunities that correspond to the needs of MIT students 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.
- Clarify your career goals and identify your career fields, industries, and companies of interest well before the career fair.
- Update your resume and have it critiqued through GECD drop-in advising.
- Research companies prior to speaking to employers at the fair. Know what the company does, their career opportunities, and any recent company news. Most career fair websites provide a list of registered employers. Prioritize your top companies.
- Perfect your 30-second introduction, including your name, course, graduation date, area of interest, and relevant experiences. Have your questions ready.
- Dress professionally for your industry of interest. Follow MIT Careers on Pinterest for ideas for professional and business casual attire.
- Get the career fair map and plan your attack.
- Review the Career Fair Tip Sheet (pdf).
- Practice your handshake with a friend.