Fall Career Fair – First-Year Friendly (FYF) Initiative

The FYF initiative supports MIT first year undergraduate students as they transition into the world of career exploration and competitive job markets. By investing in relationships with undergraduates in their first year at MIT, companies can establish a robust connection with candidates and increase their likelihood of recruiting students in their subsequent years of study. First year undergraduates, on the other hand, have the opportunity to develop relationships with employers and gain clarity on recruiting and job and internships opportunities.

Check back on this page for upcoming events geared toward supporting first year undergraduate students attending the in-person and/or virtual career fairs.

FYF & FYF+ Labels

Employers registering for the Fall Career Fair will be asked to indicate how they would like to engage with first year undergraduate students at the fair and whether they have opportunities that first year undergraduate students are eligible for. Based on the employer’s response, the employer will receive one of the following labels in Handshake so that students can easily search for first-year friendly employers attending the Fall Career Fair.

  • First Year Friendly (FYF) is intended for companies interested in engaging in career conversations and exploration with students who are in their first-year of undergraduate education at MIT
  • First Year Friendly Plus (FYF+) labels companies offering internships and related opportunities that first year undergraduate students are eligible for, in addition to being open to having career exploration conversations with first year students

View First Year Friendly Employers

Students can view first year friendly employers in one of the following ways:

  • Handshake – sort through employers attending the in-person fair on Sept. 22 or virtual career fair on Oct. 13 on Handshake by using the labels listed above (FYF and FYF+)
  • First Year Friendly Employer List – this sortable spreadsheet contains 40+ organizations and will be fully updated with the employer’s industry cluster and booth location the week of the Fall Career Fair.

Early Access to the In-Person Fall Career Fair

On Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 starting at 9:30am, only first year undergraduate students will be able to gain early access to the in-person Fall Career Fair taking place in the Johnson Athletic Center. We encourage students to arrive well before 9:30am to start checking in to the fair so that you can start chatting with the first year friendly employers right away! The rest of campus will be able to enter the fair at 10am, so don’t waste this early access opportunity to talk with the employers while they are still fresh and energized.

EVENT: How to Work a Career Fair as a First Year
September 14, 2023, 8 – 9pm, Registration link

Does the idea of a career fair overwhelm and intimidate you? This Q&A targets strategies for overcoming feelings of overwhelm and/or intimidation at career fairs. Learn how to grab fun swag while making meaningful and lasting professional connections. Open exclusively to all first-year undergraduate students.