Internship & Job Career Fairs

Washington University in St. Louis will host local and national organizations hiring for internships, co-ops, and jobs at multiple virtual Internship & Job Career Fairs this fall.

The fairs provide WashU students a unique opportunity to meet and interview with dozens of potential employers in a short amount of time. All WashU students and alumni are invited to attend.

Be sure to use Chrome or Safari to access the virtual career fair; Explorer will not work.

Here’s a brief video overview of a virtual career fair.

Internship & Job Career Fair: Corporate

Thursday, October 1, 3:00-6:00 pm

Be sure to use Chrome, FireFox, or Safari to access the virtual career fair; Explorer will not work.

This fair will focus on various industries and functional areas including:

  • Biotech
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Rotational Programs
  • Tech

Career Fair Mobile Site

Virtual Internship & Job Career Fair: Education | Government | Nonprofit | Public Policy

Thursday, October 8, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Be sure to use Chrome, FireFox or Safari to access the virtual career fair; Explorer will not work.

This fair will focus on various industries and functional areas including:

  • Academia & Education
  • Government
  • Health Services & Public Health
  • Nonprofit
  • Social Justice

The job functions will be across multiple departments seeking interns and/or full-time employees.

For more information or to RSVP, log into CAREERlink or call 314-935-5930.

University Networks Virtual Career & Internship Fair

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

WashU has partnered with 14 top schools to offer this unique virtual career fair. This fair will feature a range of employers from across the country.  More information and to register.

McKelvey Engineering Virtual Career Spotlight

TUESDAY, SeptemBER 29, 3:00-6:00 P.M.

Be sure to use Chrome, FireFox or Safari to access the virtual career fair; Explorer will not work. 

The McKelvey School of Engineering and the Career Center will host local and national organizations virtually for the McKelvey Engineering Career Spotlight. Employers will network with students and engage in small group and 1-on-1 discussions. This event is open to all WashU engineering students and alumni only.

Virtual Career Fair Prep

The Career Center will offer multiple sessions of Virtual Career Fair Prep.  These workshops will teach you how to use the virtual career fair platform, research employers, approach recruiters and other tips to working a virtual fair. Sign up for a session by logging into CAREERlink.

You may also watch our YouTube playlist on virtual career fairs and interviews.

Learning about Organizations

The week before the fairs, many organizations will host information sessions allowing students to find out more about their organizations. Students are encouraged to research positions and sign up for virtual events by logging into CAREERlink, the Career Center’s interactive database of jobs and internships. Additional help is available during quick question drop-in and quick advising hours.

Career Fair FAQ’s

Where can I find a list of employers participating in the career fair?
Log into CAREERlink and click on Events and Workshops, then select Career Fair & Panels.  Click on the career fair to see the employers registered for that day. Under each employer is there list of positions. Click on the position to see the majors recruited. A few days prior to the fair, you may also use the career fair mobile site to easily see positions, majors sought, and other information.

How do I find out which majors organizations are hiring?
Log into CAREERlink and click on Events and Workshops, then select Career Fair & Panels.  Click on the career fair to see the employers registered for that day. The list of registered employers also includes the majors they’re seeking.
How do I find out which positions organizations are recruiting?
Log into CAREERlink and click on Events and Workshops, then select Career Fair & Panels.  The list of registered employers also includes the positions they’re recruiting.
How should I present myself on video for a virtual career fair?

The virtual career fair is video chat – employers will see you!

Have a good backdrop

  • Ensure your background is clean, no clutter or distracting items
  • Consider using a virtual background such as a shot of WashU’s campus

Have good lighting – you should be well lit and easy to see on screen

Frame yourself within the screen

  • Don’t be too close or too far
  • See the top of your head to below your shoulders

All students should dress professionally (suit).  Conservative colors (black, navy, gray, khaki) are recommended without a lot of accessories.  You want to be remembered by your personality and smart answers, not the clothing/accessories you’re wearing. See the Career Center’s Pinterest boards for ideas on what to wear to the Career Fair.

I’ve never attended a Virtual Career Fair before. What can I expect and what should I do once I’m logged in?

Here’s a brief video overview of a virtual career fair.

Best Practices:

  1. When joining an employer chat, instead of downloading Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc., select the option to join the meeting online and it will be faster to join
  2. As long as you are in a queue, remain in the Virtual Career Fair so you do not miss any employer chat requests. Please do not navigate to other areas
  3.  Make sure you click the “Attend” button so that you can join chats
  4. Before the fair, mark your favorite employers by clicking on the “Favorite” star icon, so that they will display at the top of your list
  5. Be sure to enter Notes after each video chat you complete, before you join the next chat, so that you do not forget key information
  6. Log into your CAREERlink account before the VCF to make sure you have an updated resume uploaded to the VCF and that your “Chat Profile” is current.

What should I do to prepare in the time leading up to the fair? How should I follow-up after the fair is over?

To get the most out of the experience, and make the best impression when you meet employers, we recommend you take these steps to prepare ahead of time:

  • Research participating organizations: It’s possible that you’ll find a position that interests you in an industry that you didn’t expect. For that reason, it’s a good idea to look through the list of organizations and also browse positions. Pick a few employers to meet and research them to come up with strategic, educated questions to ask during the fair. Read their website; find out about their products, work, clients and competitors; see if they have positions posted; look for their mission statement or cultural pillars; check the annual report and/or current news; check LinkedIn to see if WashU alumni work there; check their locations and organizational structure. Recruiters can always tell if students have researched ahead of time, so this step is critical for making a good impression.
  • Practice how you’ll introduce yourself: What about you and/or the employer inspired you to meet them? Here is a formula for your 30 second intro: 1) Start off by sharing your name, year and major; 2) say a bit about your interests or experience (coursework, activities, leadership, internships/jobs) that are relevant to the employer (which you’ll know from your research); 3) mention what about them caught your attention; 4) state why you think you and the organization might be a good match. Ask a question based on what you read on their web site and find out how you can stay in touch or what next steps you should take. For tips, see this video.
  • Plan what you’ll wear: A suit is safe, but a professional dress or nice pants and a crisp shirt and/or jacket will also look polished. Remember, they will be able to see you over video and it’s important to show that you are taking this seriously. Aim to appear as a polished version of yourself.
  • Prepare materials: Write or update your one-page resume (PDF) and have it reviewed to make sure the format is clean, descriptions are clear, and there are no errors or typos. You’ll also want to have a notebook and pen ready to jot down notes about your conversation after each employer meeting. You will also want to write down their name (with correct spelling) and email address. These notes will help you write a thank you note referring to your conversation (help them remember you!) and include details from your conversation in a cover letter.
  • Follow-up afterwards: Send a thank you email referring to specifics from your conversation, and, if appropriate, connect on LinkedIn.

Do I need to have a resume uploaded to the system to participate in the fair?

No. If you are a First Year student, don’t let your lack of a professional resume stop you from attending. However, we highly encourage most students to use the fair as a good reason to update your resume. For tips and examples, see our Resume & Cover Letters handout (PDF.) For feedback, visit our Quick Questions walk-in hours.

What if I don’t see an organization I’m interested in? Should I still attend?

Each time you put yourself in a professional situation, you grow in comfort and confidence. Practice makes progress, and returning to the fair in the future will be much easier if you show up when the stakes are relatively low. Career Fairs help students practice the critical skill of professional interaction. So attend the fair to get experience introducing yourself to a few employers.

As for the employers that will be represented, it’s important to understand that recruiting cycles and methods are industry driven. To effectively plan your internship or full-time job search, it is critical to know when industries tend to post positions. Read our information about recruiting cycles by industry to get a better sense of how and when various industries tend to post, recruit and hire.

Regardless of the industries that interest you, or the likelihood of campus recruiting through virtual fairs or postings, the Career Center is dedicated to helping you build your target list, interact with employers, network with alumni, and learn how to successfully navigate the search and application process. For help with your process, join a Career Interest Group or schedule an advising appointment.

How else can I connect with employers?

It is vital that you engage in intentional conversations with employers to learn about and share interest in their work. You can do this in a variety of ways:

Can Washington University alumni attend the career fair?
Yes, please use your WUSTL key to log into CAREERlink and update your profile. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact us or call 314-935-5930.
Can non-Washington University students/alumni attend the Career Fair?
Unfortunately, the Career Fair is open to only current WashU students and alumni.

For Employers and Recruiters

If your organization is interested in attending one of the virtual Internship & Job Career Fairs, please visit Participant Registration hosted within CAREERlink for details. Read more on  our Fall Virtual Career Fairs page.