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Leverage Career Fairs

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 run by student organizations, academic departments or through GECD-Career Services.

Keys to Career Fair Success

  • 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 Career Services 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 and more.
  • Get the career fair map and plan your attack.
  • Review the Career Fair Tip Guide.
  • Practice your handshake with a friend.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Fall Career Fair - Fall 2015 TBD
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 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden Street Cambridge MA  
Join the Boutique Night Facebook event.

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. This event is a collaboration between Harvard, Boston University, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. All levels of Engineering students from these five institutions are invited to attend.

Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.   MIT Students, to register you will need to LogIn to your CareerBridge Account, Select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event. See complete list of participating organizations.

xFair -  Monday, February 2, 2015
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 11, 2015, 6-9PM
Location: MIT Museum
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.

Department of Civil & Environment Engineering Career Fair - Friday, February 27th, 2015
Organized by: The Career Fair Committee of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Students' Association

European Career Fair - Saturday, February 21, 2015
Organized by: The MIT European Club.
Connects employers from Europe with candidates who are looking for employment outside of the United States.

MENA Career Fair - Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10-4pm
Organized by: The Arab Student Organization

Asian Career Fair - March 7, 2015, 10-4pm
Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.

Brain and Cognitive Sciences Career Fair - March 13, 2015, 10:30 - 4pm
Organized by: The Department of  Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Spring Career Fair - Thursday, April 2, 2015
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 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.