Career fairs, held throughout the academic year, are an excellent way to meet MIT students and strengthen your company brand on campus. MIT offers fairs both small and large, from boutique fairs with a specific industry focus to the Fall Career Fair with over 350 employers.
All MIT career fairs are organized by student organizations with the exception of the Spring Career Fair, which is organized by us. For information about registration, payment, or event logistics, contact each career fair directly. Also, be sure to read our "Advice for a Successful Career Fair Experience for Employers."
Important Note: Employers participating in a career fair or other event to recruit MIT students on or off campus are expected to abide by MIT’s Recruiting Policies.
Annual Career Fair Offerings
China and Hong Kong Career Fairs - August 2017
Organized by: Global Education & Career Development (GECD) at MIT, Imperial College of London, London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard
Six of the world’s most prestigious universities have joined forces with multi-national and Chinese companies looking to hire the best and the brightest. Mainly for Chinese-speaking students and alumni. One does not have to be a native speaker for the Hong Kong Fair.
- Monday, August 14, 2017 – Beijing
- Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Shanghai
- Monday, August 21, 2017 – Hong Kong
Fall Career Fair - Friday, September 29, 2017
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. Registration starts mid-June.
Engineering Career Fair Collaborative - Wednesday November 15, 2017
Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT.
Representatives from small engineering firms across the area connect with 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.
xFair - TBA Spring 2018
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.
Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Career Fair - TBA Spring 2018*
Organized by: The Arab Student Organization.
* The MENA Fair was canceled in Spring 2017.
Transportation Showcase - TBA Spring 2018
Organized by: The Transportation Club.
Asian Career Fair - March 31, 2018
Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.
Spring Career Fair - TBD Spring 2018
Department of Civil & Environment Engineering Career Fair - TBA Spring 2018
Organized by: The Career Fair Committee of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Students' Association.
European Career Fair - TBA Spring 2018
Organized by:The MIT European Club.
Connects employers from Europe with candidates who are looking for employment outside of the United States.
Energy Career Fair - TBA Spring 2018
Organized by: The Energy Club
Advice for a Successful Career Fair Experience for Employers
Build your booth’s audience before the career fair.
- Use CareerBridge to search for students that you think would be a good fit for your company, and send individual students a personal invite to speak with you at the fair.
Have more than one representative available to speak to students.
- Ideally, the representative should be able to answer questions about the work associated with the open position.
- Increased booth staffing will eliminate long lines with can deter students from approaching your booth.
Make a splash at the career fair!
- Bring company brochures, business cards, and other promotional materials. Students appreciate receiving useful information about your company or the position to help them in preparing for the interview and identifying if the company or opportunity is a good fit for their career interests and skills.
- Use video displays, large banners, games -- anything visual to attract students.
- Display a challenge for students to solve and provide enticing prizes.
- Provide information on the wide array of opportunities your company has to offer, not just engineering or computer science-focused positions. Many students have a wide breadth of interests and skills and would appreciate hearing of all the opportunities within your company.
Hand out “swag” or promotional items to continue to build your brand beyond the career fair.
- Tip: The best “swag” items are useful or unique.
Talk with freshmen and sophomores about your company and opportunities available to students.
- Building your company’s brand at MIT starts with fostering good relationships with freshmen and sophomores. Even if your company is only offering opportunities for upperclassmen, it is strategic to speak with freshmen and sophomores and educate them on your company and how they can possibly work for your company in the future.
- Collect resumes from promising students -- even if they are not qualified for your current positions or internships. Stay in contact with the students that you would like to hire in the future by inviting them to your information sessions, campus events, or local area events throughout the year.
Plan to hold interviews on campus soon after a fair if appropriate to the time of year and your recruiting needs.
- Companies can reserve interview space through GECD’s on campus recruiting program.
- Reservations for fall and spring recruiting fill quickly. Be sure to review the recruiting calendar to plan when you will set-up your interview schedule. Additional opportunities may be available to interview on campus through the organization(s) in charge of a particular career fair.
Collect resumes or have students check-in at your booth.
- Use LinkedIn or some other online check-in method so that you can follow-up with students after the fair and reduce the need to collect paper resumes!
Read "Tips for Maximizing Your Career Fair Success" by NACE for more helpful tips.