Please note that due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, MIT and CAPD have moved to remote operations, and all company presentations will be held virtually until further notice.
Companies hold presentations or receptions on or near campus to provide opportunities for students to learn about company culture, current projects and initiatives, and job or internship opportunities. Typically you can network with recruiters, and sometimes with MIT alumni that work for the company. These events are reserved for MIT students and alumni only. An MIT ID will be required for entrance.
Visit Handshake to view a full listing of events held by employers on campus.
During the week of the Fall Career Fair, company presentations are managed by the Fall Career Fair student leaders. Due to limited space on campus and a high volume of requests, presentations the week of the Fall Career Fair may not be available to all Fall Career Fair sponsors. Please visit the Fall Career Fair site to learn more and register.
Employers: Interested in presenting on or off campus? Learn how to book a company presentation.
Career Fairs for MIT Students and Alumni
MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.
Please note: Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, and MIT's decisions regarding the Fall semester, all recruiting activities, including career fairs, currently scheduled for fall 2020 will adopt a virtual format. Please check back on the details below regularly for updated information on how each event/fair may be adapted to meet the evolving circumstances.
Fall Career Fair - Ongoing - Fall Semester 2020
Organized by the 2020 FCF Committee
Due to Covid-19 and MIT’s decisions on the fall semester, the annual Fall Career Fair will be offered as four or more virtual fairs and related events such as employer panels, information sessions, coffee chats, and networking events, throughout the Fall semester. Further information will be released as it becomes available on this page and the Fall Career Fair site.
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.
Biological Engineering Career Expo – Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Organized by: MIT Biological Engineering Department (Course 20)
The annual MIT Biological Engineering Career Expo is organized for recruiters with internship and full-time positions to meet MIT undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students who are interested in pursuing full-time, co-op, or internship opportunities in biotech, pharma, venture-capital, and related fields. Students in attendance will not only be from the Biological Engineering department, but will also include MIT students from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, along with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students who have a biological or biochemical emphasis. We anticipate several hundred students and trainees will attend the event. You can find more information about the Expo, including its move to a virtual format and employer registration information, HERE.
Polymer Day - October 7, 2020
Organized by: The Polymer Graduate Student Association
Polymer Day starts with a poster session judged by local industry professionals over a light lunch. Following the poster session, attendees listen to talks by invited speakers before celebrating the culmination of the day with a reception and awards ceremony. Polymer Day is open to the entire MIT community, as well as to students from polymer research programs throughout Massachusetts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. This event was postponed from April 2020. Due to restrictions on large on-campus events and visitors to campus in Fall 2020, details about this event are subject to change. Please check back at this page and on the event website regularly for updated details about this event.
Engineering Career Fair Collaborative - Friday, November 13th, 2020
Sponsored by the career offices of 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 check back at this page and on the event website regularly for updated details about this event, including virtual platform and registration information.
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.
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.
- Clarify your career goals and identify your career fields, industries, and companies of interest well before the career fair.
- Update your resume and have it critiqued through an advising meeting.
- Research companies prior to speaking to employers at the fair. Know what the company does, their career opportunities, and any recent company news. Most career fair websites provide a list of registered employers. Prioritize your top companies.
- Dress professionally for your industry of interest.
- Appearance matters: shower, comb, and brush! Iron clothes and use a breath mint.
- Get the career fair map and plan your attack.
- Collect more than free stuff. Ask for business cards from reps. Bring resumes to give to them.
- Practice your handshake with a friend.
- After the fair, apply to positions promptly and follow up with reps to let them know you have applied. Send a tailored email to them and reference specifics from your fair day conversation.
Develop an Elevator Pitch
- Perfect your 30-second introduction, including your name, course, graduation date, area of interest, and relevant experiences.
- Think through the goal of your pitch and what you want to convey.
- Describe what you do, focusing on strengths, interests, and recent accomplishments.
- Credit team members and mentors.
- Engage the listener with question and give them an opporunity to respond. Avoid basic questions you could have googled in advance, such as "What does your company do?"