Career fairs, held throughout the academic year, are an excellent way to connect with MIT students and strengthen your company brand on campus. MIT offers fairs both small and large, from boutique fairs with a specific industry focus to the Fall Career Fair with over 350 employers.
All MIT career fairs are organized by student organizations with the exception of the Spring Career Fair, which is organized by CAPD. The student directors who organize and run the Fall Career Fair are overseen by CAPD, and selected based on input from the previous year's directors and CAPD. For information about registration, payment, or event logistics, contact each career fair directly. Also, be sure to read our "Advice for a Successful Career Fair Experience for Employers."
Important Note: Employers participating in a career fair or other event to recruit MIT students on or off campus, in-person or virtually, are expected to abide by MIT’s Recruiting Policies.
Fall Career Exploration Week - Monday, September 21st - Friday, September 25th, 2020
Organized by the 2020 FCF Committee and CAPD
To kick-off the 2020-2021 career event season, the Fall Career Fair committee in conjunction with CAPD and Academic Departments will be organizing a series of events geared around helping students explore potential career pathways in a variety of fields. These will include not only events for students actively pursuing pathways to specific industries, but also events geared towards first-year students just beginning to explore how courses of study connect with career pathways, and events specifically designed to help undergraduate students look into planning for and going through the process of researching and applying to graduate school. Further information will be released as it becomes available on this page.
Fall Career Fair Series - September 25th - October 22nd, 2020
Organized by the 2020 FCF Committee
The MIT Fall Career Series is a collaboration between the Career Advising & Professional Development, Academic Departments, and the Fall Career Fair students leaders to connect students with employers. The series is designed to provide students with opportunities for their future careers and gives employers access to one of the highest caliber talent pools in the world. Virtual career fair sessions will be held 10am - 3pm ET and/or 3pm - 8pm ET with each session limited to 50 employers, unless indicated. Full details can be found at the Fall Career Fair website. The schedule of fairs is as follows (click on the links to register as an employer):
- Government, Non-Profit, and Social Impact, Friday, September 25th (10am - 3pm session only)
- Consulting, Data Analytics, Finance, Investment and Trading, Thursday, October 1st
- Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Sciences, Tuesday, October 6th
- Hardware, Robotics, and Software, Thursday, October 8th
- Chemical, Manufacturing, Materials, Supply Chain, and Sustainability, Wednesday, October 21st
- Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Environment, Sustainability, Transportation, Thursday, October 22nd
Biological Engineering Career Expo – Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Organized by: MIT Biological Engineering Department (Course 20)
Biological engineers create conceptual frameworks to understand, control, and intervene in networks of molecular information flow in biological systems. Doing so, they develop instrumentation to measure biological phenomena, computational models to design experiments and interpret data, and design principles for creating new products based in biology.
The annual MIT Biological Engineering Career Expo is organized for recruiters with internship and full-time positions to meet MIT undergraduate, graduate, and postdocs who are interested in pursuing full-time, co-op, or internship opportunities in biotech, pharma, biomedical engineering, life-sciences consulting, and related fields. Attendees will be from Biological Engineering, as well as Biology, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
We anticipate several hundred students and trainees will participate in the event. You can find more information about the Expo, including employer registration information, HERE. This event will be held virtually using the Brazen online platform.
Media, Marketing, Humanities and Creative Careers Expo - October 15, 2020
Sponsored by: Harvard University and MIT
Connect your organization with MIT and Harvard students seeking job and internship opportunities as well as general information and advice about career paths in areas such as the arts, advertising, marketing, public relations, brand management, retail, fashion, social media/digital strategy, publishing, writing, journalism, media, entertainment, design, and more!
Engineering Career Fair Collaborative - November 13, 2020
Sponsored by: Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, MIT, and Yale
Meet representatives from engineering firms across the country seeking SEAS students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, environmental services, transportation, and design. This event is a collaboration between Harvard, Boston University, Olin College, Tufts University, MIT, and Yale University. Engineering students from these six institutions are invited to attend! Please bring your university identification card. Details for this event in Fall 2020 have yet to be released by the collaborative group. Please check back at this page and on the event website regularly for updated details about this event.
Analytics Career Night - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: The MIT Sloan Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) and the MBAn Class of 2021
The MIT Analytics Career Night is an evening dedicated to exposing the MIT community to graduate opportunities in data science and business analytics. Each year, during the first week of the spring semester, companies from all industries and sizes come to the MIT Media Lab to showcase their analytics excellence and recruit future talent.
European Career Fair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: The MIT European Club
The MIT European Career Fair (ECF) is an annual recruiting event, organized by the MIT European Club and taking place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. Their mission is to connect top-tier US students and young professionals with European companies, universities and non-profit organizations and to generally inform about career opportunities in Europe.
xFair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: TechX and The MIT Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.
xFair (which joins Techfair and TBP's career fair) is a career fair and expo combined. Companies can showcase their products and services to thousands of MIT students in order to build their brand at MIT and give students a better idea of what they could work on during a potential internship or job. xFair is more than booths, name tags, and blazers - it’s an exhibition of the latest pursuits by companies and students combined. The result is a unique showcase of raw talent, raw ideas, and raw passion.
Asian Career Fair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: MIT Asian Club
MIT Asian Career Fair (ACF) provides a wonderful opportunity for candidates who are looking for potential positions in industry and academia in Asian market. ACF is an annual event held by MIT Asian Club, attracts companies and research institutes from all over the world who provides job opportunities in Asia.
Energy Career Fair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: The Energy Club
The MIT Energy Career Fair provides an intimate environment for top caliber students with a passion for energy and companies to connect. Evolved from the Energy EXPO, which in previous years connected PhD candidates, MBA students, and undergraduates from all majors with several companies, the Energy Career Fair meets the demand for hundreds of students at MIT.
Spring Career Fair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: MIT Career Advising & Professional Development.
This just-in-time fair has been attended in previous years by typically 1,000 students and 80 employers. This fair serves the greater MIT community so whether you make code, vaccines, data visualizations, policy-influencing research, medical devices, or robots, you will find the right candidates at this event.
Polymer Day - April 2021 TBA
Organized by: The Polymer Graduate Student Association
MIT Biotech Group Career Fair - TBA Spring 2021
Organized by: MIT Biotechnology Group, produced in partnership with the MIT Departments of Biology, Biological Engineering, and Brain & Cognitive Sciences, the Program of Health Sciences & Technology, and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT
The MIT Biotech Group Career Fair is a one-day event providing a platform for local companies in the biotech, medtech, consulting, and VC space to connect with talent within the MIT community. The fair is a cross-MIT collaboration, hosted by the MIT Biotech Group, in partnership with the MIT Departments of Biology, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, the Program of Health Sciences & Technology, and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT.
Advice for a Successful Career Fair Experience for Employers
Build your booth’s audience before the career fair.
- Use Handshake to search for students that you think would be a good fit for your company, and send individual students a personal invite to speak with you at the fair.
Have more than one representative available to speak to students.
- Ideally, the representative should be able to answer questions about the work associated with the open position.
- Increased booth staffing will eliminate long lines with can deter students from approaching your booth.
Make a splash at the career fair!
- Bring company brochures, business cards, and other promotional materials. Students appreciate receiving useful information about your company or the position to help them in preparing for the interview and identifying if the company or opportunity is a good fit for their career interests and skills.
- Use video displays, large banners, games -- anything visual to attract students.
- Display a challenge for students to solve and provide enticing prizes.
- Provide information on the wide array of opportunities your company has to offer, not just engineering or computer science-focused positions. Many students have a wide breadth of interests and skills and would appreciate hearing of all the opportunities within your company.
Hand out “swag” or promotional items to continue to build your brand beyond the career fair.
- Tip: The best “swag” items are useful or unique.
Talk with freshmen and sophomores about your company and opportunities available to students.
- Building your company’s brand at MIT starts with fostering good relationships with freshmen and sophomores. Even if your company is only offering opportunities for upperclassmen, it is strategic to speak with freshmen and sophomores and educate them on your company and how they can possibly work for your company in the future.
- Collect resumes from promising students -- even if they are not qualified for your current positions or internships. Stay in contact with the students that you would like to hire in the future by inviting them to your information sessions, campus events, or local area events throughout the year.
Plan to hold interviews on campus soon after a fair if appropriate to the time of year and your recruiting needs.
- Companies can reserve interview space through CAPD's on campus recruiting program.
- Reservations for fall and spring recruiting fill quickly. Be sure to review the recruiting calendar to plan when you will set-up your interview schedule. Additional opportunities may be available to interview on campus through the organization(s) in charge of a particular career fair.
Collect resumes or have students check-in at your booth.
- Use LinkedIn or some other online check-in method so that you can follow-up with students after the fair and reduce the need to collect paper resumes!
Read "Tips for Maximizing Your Career Fair Success" by NACE for more helpful tips.