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.
Fall Internship & Job Career Fair
Thursday, September 22, 2022 AT 3-7 p.m. CST
The Career Center will host local and national organizations for the 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.
McKelvey Engineering Career Spotlight
WednesDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 AT 3-7 P.M. CST
The McKelvey Engineering Career Spotlight is a niche recruiting event designed to connect engineers, scientists, and hiring managers in industry with top WashU engineering talent. This is WashU’s signature event for engineering and computer science students. All WashU students and alumni are welcome to attend but the main focus is engineering. More than 50 organizations will be participating, representing start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Career Fair Prep
The Career Center will offer multiple sessions of Career Fair Prep. These workshops will teach you how to research employers, approach recruiters and other tips to working a fair. Sign up for a session by logging into Handshake and searching “career fair prep” under Events.
You may also watch our YouTube playlist on 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 events by logging into Handshake, the Career Center’s interactive database of jobs and internships.
For help with Handshake, quick questions about employers or the fair, or for resume feedback, drop-in to our office in DUC 110 during regular business hours, use Live Chat, or schedule an appointment.
Career Fair FAQs
The Fall 2022 Career Fair will be in person.
Log into Handshake, click on Events, then Career Fair and select the Fall 2022 All-Campus Internship and Job Career Fair. Under each employer there is a list of positions.
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 in Handshake.
- Watch the Career Fair Prep: How to Prepare Good Questions video to learn more.
- You may find a position that interests you in an industry you didn’t expect. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look through the list of organizations and browse jobs. Pick a few employers to meet and research them to develop strategic, educated questions to ask during the fair.
- Do the following research before attending the Career Fair.
- Analyze 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, and 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:
- Watch our Career Fair Prep: Introduction Pitch video to learn more. What about you and/or the employer inspired you to meet them?
- Here is a formula for your 30-second intro:
- Start off by sharing your name, year, and major.
- 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)
- mention what about them caught your attention
- State why you think you and the organization might be a good match.
- Ask a question based on what you read on their website 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:
- Watch our Career Fair Prep: How to Dress video to learn more. A suit is safe, but a professional dress, nice pants, a crisp shirt, and/or jacket will also look polished. Aim to appear as a polished version of yourself. Need a visual? Check out the Career Center’s Pinterest Board ‘What to Wear that Works.’ You’ll find pins that will give you a visual idea of what will work at the Career Fair.
- Prepare materials: Write or update your one-page resume and review it to ensure the format is clean, descriptions are clear, and there are no errors or typos. You’ll also want 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 afterward:
- Watch our Career Fair Prep: Following Up After the Fair video to learn more. 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 their resumes. 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. To attend the fair to get experience introducing yourself to a few employers.
As for the employers that will be present, it’s essential 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. Please read our information about recruiting cycles by industry to understand better 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 navigate the search and application process successfully. For help with your strategy, join a Career Interest Group or schedule an advising appointment.
You must engage in intentional conversations with employers to learn about and share an 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 help facilitate connections and introductions if you have a particular interest area.
- Washington University Alumni Communities & Networks
Unfortunately, the Career Fair is open to only current WashU students and alumni.
We will hold additional fairs in the spring.
For Employers and Recruiters
If your organization is interested in attending one of the Internship & Job Career Fairs, please read more on our Recruiting Calendar page.