Companies hold presentations or receptions on or near campus to provide opportunities for students to learn about company culture, current projects and initiatives, and job or internship opportunities. Typically you can network with recruiters, and sometimes with MIT alumni that work for the company. These events are reserved for MIT students and alumni only. An MIT ID will be required for entrance.
(Employers: Interested in presenting on or off campus? Learn how to book a company presentation.)
Career Fairs for MIT Students
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.
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
Social Action Fair - September 14, 2017
Organized by: PKG Public Service Center
The Social Action Fair connects MIT students with local nonprofits, government agencies, and social enterprises from the Cambridge and Boston areas.
Fall Career Fair - 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.
Engineering Career Fair Collaborative - November 15, 2017
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 should register in CareerBridge (select 'Career Fair/Events' tab and search for event).
xFair - February 5, 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 - February 21, 2018
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.
European Career Fair - February 24, 2018
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 - March 31, 2018
Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.
Spring Career Fair - April 4, 2018
Organized by: Global Education & Career Development (GECD).
Whether you're looking for a job or internship, or just doing some career recon, the Spring Career Fair is a great place to have conversations with recruiters. We select over 70 companies across a variety of industries for a fair that serves all MIT courses.
Energy Career Fair - March 1, 2018
Organized by: The Energy Club
CEESA Career Fair - TBA Spring 2018
Organized by: The Career Fair Committee of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Students' Association.
MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair.
- 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.
- Dress professionally for your industry of interest. Follow MIT Careers on Pinterest for ideas for professional and business casual attire.
- Appearance matters: shower, comb, and brush! Iron clothes and use a breath mint.
- Get the career fair map and plan your attack.
- Collect more than free stuff. Ask for business cards from reps. Bring resumes to give to them.
- Practice your handshake with a friend.
- After the fair, apply to positions promptly and follow up with reps to let them know you have applied. Send a tailored email to them and reference specifics from your fair day conversation.
Develop an Elevator Pitch
- Perfect your 30-second introduction, including your name, course, graduation date, area of interest, and relevant experiences.
- Think through the goal of your pitch and what you want to convey.
- Describe what you do, focusing on strengths, interests, and recent accomplishments.
- Credit team members and mentors.
- Engage the listener with question and give them an opporunity to respond. Avoid basic questions you could have googled in advance, such as "What does your company do?"