Minnesota Private Colleges' Job & Internship Fair
February 25, 2021 ~ 9 AM - 2 PM CST (Registration begins February 1, 2021)
The Minnesota Private College Job & Internship Fair will look different in 2021 with the uncertainties of COVID-19. The fair is free and will be hosted virtually via Handshake.
The Minnesota Private College Job & Internship Fair is geared toward sophomores and juniors seeking summer internships as well as current seniors seeking full time careers and employment upon graduation.
- Employers from 200+ organizations will be available to discuss potential internship and career opportunities within all academic disciplines.
- Organizations represent the human service, nonprofit, government sectors, and for-profit/business organizations.
This Fair will allow employers and candidates to meet during pre-arranged time slots on February 25th. You will be able to sign into the fair platform and sign up for time slots to speak with employers starting February 1, 2021. It’s important to register early in February so you don’t miss out on 1:1 sessions/group sessions.
Who can attend?
Any current sophomore, junior, or seniors and December 2020 undergraduate alumni attending one of the 17 Minnesota Private Colleges.
What types of jobs and internships will I find?
Past examples include counseling, mental health, social work, political activism, public outreach, management, sales and marketing, accounting and auditing, government, technical, administrative and professional, computer programming/systems analysis, consulting, human resources, and retail.
To participate in this fair, you MUST complete two steps. You need to register for the fair AND create a schedule of sessions in which you’ll meet with employers.
What employers are registered for the fair?
- All employers have a Handshake profiles and can be accessed on the 2021 Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair (Virtual) page. Use the "Favorite Employer" feature to save your target employers for quick access later.
- You can check this page for a list of registered employers, and then visit the employer’s webpages to begin researching their organization!
Registering and signing up for sessions:
- In order to sign up for sessions with employers, you must be registered for the fair.
- For details on this process, please see Signing up For Virtual Fair Sessions
- To sign up for Group or 1:1 session(s), you may be prompted to update your profile privacy setting. We recommend using "Community" to make the most of your Handshake experience as this will allow you to participate in all fair sessions and engage with other students/alumni!
- For more information on profile privacy, please see Profile Privacy Options in Handshake.
- Review which employers are attending the fair (follow employers of interest). XPD encourages you to meet with at least one employer that you are unfamiliar with to explore new possibilities for job and internship options.
- You'll be able to sign up for sessions up to one (1) minute before the start time; once the session has started, the session is closed and you'll be unable to sign up.
Preparing for the fair
Here are the next steps to help you prepare for a successful fair:
- Ensure you have the right setup to support your audio (required) and video (optional).
- Upload a resume within Handshake to complete or update your profile, if you haven't already.
- Execute company exploration and research.
- Create your own list of targeted companies.
- We recommend keeping the list manageable and being thorough in your research. This will enable you to have stellar talking points during potential conversations.
- Use the XPD Canvas page to access Career Fair Prep material
- Check out Handshake’s blog post for more tips on how to stand out in a virtual fair!
Participating in the fair
All sessions will have the option for Handshake video, audio and text-based chat. There is no customization for types of interaction; it is up to the employer and student joining the session to determine how they would like to connect.
See details on day-of participation in Participating in a Virtual Fair.
As long as you are signed up for the session successfully, you will be able to launch video at any point after the session has started.
We want you to feel as safe as possible while attending virtual fairs and interacting with employers, so we've taken several steps to ensure your safety. Read more about these steps in Reporting an Issue at a Virtual Fair.
Maximize Your Efforts:
- If you would like assistance with your cover letter or resume, the Experience & Professional Development (XPD) Career Ambassadors are here to help. Click here to visit their virtual drop-in hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm & Wednesday nights from 6 pm – 9 pm.
- Some employers will be accepting resumes and cover letters prior to the Fair indicating your interest in a particular position. Take advantage of this opportunity to correspond and get your name in front of the recruiter with your customized correspondence.
- Before the fair, you will want to have your resume uploaded in Handshake as another method to link quality candidates with quality employers. Employers can view resumes and arrange pre-select interviews with candidates based on your Fair resume or on your customized correspondence sent prior to the Fair.