Washington University in St. Louis will host local and national organizations hiring for internships, co-ops, and jobs at multiple career fairs.
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 to access the virtual career fair and turn off your pop-up blockers. View a brief video overview of a virtual career fair.
Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:00-7:00 P.M. CST
The Career Center will host local and national organizations for the Virtual Internship & Job Career Fair who are recruiting from various industries and job functions. This fair is open to all WashU students and alumni, but is focused on undergraduate students.
ThUrSDAY, SeptemBER 30 AT 3:00-7:00 PM
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.
Thursday, october 7 at 4:00-6:00 PM
Washington University in St. Louis will host top law schools from across the nation. The virtual fair is a unique opportunity to meet and interview with law school admissions officers in a short amount of time. This fair is open to all WashU students and alumni, but is focused on undergraduate students.
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 FAQs
- On the day of the fair, once you have logged in, go to Events/Career Fairs/Spring Virtual Internship & Job Career Fair and click Attend
- You will be prompted to complete or update your Chat Profile if you have not done so already
- Set your Status to Online
- Upload your resume, if you have not already done so. *This is the only way to pass a resume to an employer during the fair*
- You can update your degree, major, and graduation date under Account/Academic
- When the fair starts, go to the Employer tab and search and filter to find employers of interest
- You can express interest in an employer by clicking on the star icon, which will bring them to the top of your list. Employers can filter candidates using this expression of interest in the virtual career fair resume database
- Click on the employer to view their company profile and the positions for which they are recruiting
- You can speak to employers in 1-on-1 video chats by clicking on Join Queue. The employers for whom you are waiting will show up under Upcoming Chats along with estimated wait times
- You can stand in multiple queues at once to maximize your number of video chats. You may be in three total queues at one time
- While you wait, you can join a group video chat with an employer by clicking on Group Chat. If you are in a group video chat, employers can still contact you for 1-on-1 video chats
- If you are waiting in employer queues, make sure to stay within that virtual career fair. If you navigate away to other pages within the site, you may miss invitations from employers to video chat
- When it’s your turn to video chat with an employer, you will see an alert pop up on the screen. Click on the alert to see instructions on how to video chat with the employer
- Once you have started to video chat with an employer, watch the timer which will count down from the maximum time to zero
- When you are done with your video chat, click End Chat, and you can write notes and use it for follow up after the fair
- If you need to step away for a short break, set your Status to Busy. Employers will not be able to invite you to video chat
- If you need to leave the fair, set your Status to Offline. You will be removed from any queues that you are currently in
- When the fair is over, you can access your notes as well as the representative’s name and email for your reference in writing thank you notes
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 there is a 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 view positions, majors sought, and other information. https://careerfair.wustl.edu/
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Make sure you click the “Attend” button so that you can join chats
- 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
- 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
- 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
We know this can be frustrating, but don’t give up! Wait times are estimates and the actual time can change drastically as employers add representatives or shorten chat times with students. While you are waiting, we encourage you to enter employer group chats, do company research or simply do other things. If the fair ends without a chance to talk to your target organization, you can email Suzanne McIver and Mandy Martin and we’ll do our best to provide contact information to help you connect .
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 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.
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. For feedback, visit our Quick Questions walk-in hours.
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.
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:
- Events: Virtual information sessions, coffee chats, networking and panel events, and more
- Career Interest Groups
- Our Team: Our employer relations and advising teams can also help to facilitate connections and introductions if you have a very specific interest area.
- Washington University Alumni Communities & Networks
Yes, please use your WUSTL key to log into CAREERlink and update your profile. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-935-5930.
Unfortunately, the Career Fair is open to only current WashU students and alumni.
We will hold additional fairs in the spring including the Spring Internship & Job Career Fair, the Architecture | Urban Design | Landscape Architecture Career Fair, and the Startup Internship & Job Career Fair.
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 Recruiting Calendar page.