Fall Career Fair - Employer Information

The 2024 Fall Career Fair will be Friday, September 20, 2024.

Check back for updated information in April 2024.

In-Person Fall Career Fair Virtual Fall Career Fair
Friday, September 20, 2024
Employer Registration in Handshake opens –  June 12, 2024
Check back for updated information in May, 2024.

The Fall Career Fair offers the opportunity to connect with undergraduate students, graduate students, recent alumni, and postdocs of the highest caliber with a wide variety of career interests, that go beyond the traditional engineering and technology career paths. The fair also goes beyond recruitment—it raises funds to support career prototyping opportunities like fellowships and internships to prepare and strengthen the candidates in your recruiting pipeline. Your participation will contribute to the career readiness and growth of MIT students.

An in-person and virtual option for this fair will be offered to ensure you are able to recruit in an environment that works best for you and that meets your organization’s current rules and policies around travel and in-person event attendance.

The in-person fair may represent a particularly attractive opportunity for employers local to the Cambridge area, while the virtual fair, at both a lower registration cost and with no travel needed, may present an ideal situation for employers that are farther from MIT.

More details about MIT Covid policies and visitor-specific information can be found on the MIT website.


As part of your sponsorship benefits, employers will have the option to interview on campus the day after the Fall Career Fair on Saturday, September 21st, between 10am – 4pm. More information on interviewing the day after the fair is located on our In Person Fair Sponsorship page.

In addition, employers may select to reserve interview space between September 25 and November in CAPD’s office through Handshake. Please note that these reservations are not included in the sponsorship of the Fall Career Fair. Learn more about how to reserve rooms, fees, and dates for on-campus recruiting through our Schedule Interviews page.

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Career Exploration Series

Career Advising & Professional Development offers a Career Exploration Series that begins in the Fall semester. This series is designed to encourage MIT students to explore industries and to engage in professional development opportunities.

The series offers the opportunity for employers to meet with students before the fair by engaging in events and opportunities related to career exploration. Please note that these events are not considered to be recruiting activities.

Opportunities to participate in these Career Exploration events will be offered to employers in late summer. Employers selected to participate will be able to have a company logo included in the event marketing, to help expand your company’s brand in the MIT community, and make connections with students, faculty, and staff.

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Career Fair Sustainability Initiative

The MIT Fall Career Fair is a significant event each fall where students, recent alumni, postdocs are introduced to hundreds of companies/organizations across a multitude of sectors: biotech and healthcare, finance, consulting, information technology, robotics, energy and utilities, transportation, defense, government, social, manufacturing, etc.

MIT students are increasingly becoming aware of all sectors’ responsibilities in reducing global emissions and creating environmental solutions.

Students want to know that the business that they will be working for is having a positive impact on this front. The MIT Fall Career Fair Sustainability Initiative helps students recognize their potential employers’ commitments towards their environmental responsibilities, and the progress they are making toward meeting those commitments.

Learn more about the Sustainability Initiative sponsorship options.

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Employer Approval Process

The following are the steps employers can expect to go through as part of the registration and approval process for the both the in-person and virtual fairs.

  1. Employers register for the fair on Handshake.
  2. Registration request is received and reviewed by the Fall Career Fair Committee (please allow up to 5 business days for a response).
  3. Employer receives an approval email with an invoice attached. This invoice must be paid before any other information is distributed.
  4. After payment, you will get an email with logistics information and instructions on preparing for the fair.

Approval Decisions

Industry representation at the fair will be carefully reviewed to ensure there is balance and diversity. Registration requests will be approved based on the following:

  1. Complete registration information
  2. Good standing in Handshake and at MIT
  3. Fit for the desired breadth of industries and fields we are seeking
  4. Active job postings in Handshake to ensure that there are a wide range of opportunities available to candidates.
  5. Willingness to talk with all candidates, such as first year undergraduates, and not just certain majors or degree levels
  6. Fit for the values that are important to MIT (pay equity, support for diverse employees, sustainability, and more)

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