MPP Career Fair – Candidate Information

Why Participate in the Master’s, PhD, and Postdoc (MPP) Fair? 

Find employers looking for candidates like you. This fair represents a unique chance to connect with and learn about employers who are actively recruiting students in advanced degree programs and postdocs from MIT.  

Learn about possible positions and make connections for the future. Career fairs aren’t limited to those currently interested in recruitment. If you are interested in exploring your future options, attend the fair to see the range of positions that use your skillset and explore options for your future job search.  

Connect with MIT alumni. In years past, several of the participating employers at career fairs have sent employee representatives who were MIT alumni and could specifically speak to how their MIT education and experience connected with their work.  

Engage as you feel comfortable. We are offering both in-person and virtual events so that students and postdocs have the opportunity to participate in a way that best suits their level of comfort and sense of safety with events.  

Meet employers from a variety of fields. While we cannot guarantee the attendance of any particular employers, MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) is committed to recruiting employers from a wide variety of fields and industries. Please note that employer attendance at the in-person and virtual fair may differ.  

  • General Information and Registration
  • Scheduled Chats
  • Virtual Fair Tips
  • Attending Employers
  • Resources and Support
  •  Candidate registration opens on Monday, February 28th at 12 PM.  Candidates must register for the in-person and virtual events separately, if choosing to attend both. In order to meet MIT policies, advance registration will be required for the in-person fair for any candidates not on COVID PASS. 

    Registration for the In-Person Fair  – Opens February 28th at 12 PM
    Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022 
    Time: 12 PM – 4 PM 
    Location: Johnson Ice Rink, Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center, 1st Floor
    (Check-in at Johnson Lobby)

    Registration for the Virtual Fair  – Opens February 28th at 12 PM
    *Register early to get access to scheduled chat slots before they fill up!
    Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 
    Time: 1 PM – 6 PM 
    Location: Virtual, on Handshake 

  • Scheduled Chats at the Virtual Fair

    Register early to schedule chats with your top employers of interest well in advance of the fair date as slots fill up quickly. All chats during the virtual fair will be at scheduled times – there will be no first-come, first-served option. On the day of the fair, there will not be virtual waiting lines to chat with an employer. You will be able to continue to sign-up for a specific timeslot with employers throughout the day of the virtual fair.

    Important to Know

    – Each individual session is 10 minutes long and group sessions are 30 minutes long.
    – You cannot sign up for multiple 1:1s with the same rep at an organization, but you can sign up to meet with different reps at the same organization
    – If you run out of time with an employer representative in your individual timeslot you can sign up for another available timeslot, but you will only be able to speak with a different representative with that employer.
    – Day-of availability of sessions may be limited or unavailable for high-interest employers.
    – You may sign up for multiple sessions with an employer, but are limited to one chat per employer representative. Each additional session you sign up for will be with a different person from the company.
    – Sessions cannot overlap in terms of time. If signed up for group session, you cannot leave group session early and join a 1:1 during the timeframe of the group session
    – If you miss a session, you will need have to have the employer cancel the earlier one to be able to sign up for a later one
    – There will be a Handshake Virtual Help Room listed in the fair on Handshake and there will be a CAPD Help Room, Come chat with us!
    – To join a session, click on “Join Video” and then choose whether to keep your camera and mic on or to participate by text chat instead.

    Learn more about Virtual Fairs in Handshake

    – Read Handshake’s Guide to Attending a Virtual Fair for tips on preparing for and participating in a virtual fair on Handshake, and more.

    – Read Signing up for and managing virtual fair sessions.

    – Follow-up with employers you had a “session” with after the fair. Look up the fair in Handshake and then click on your schedule tab for a list of your signed-up sessions. The session host’s name, job title, and the company will display. Click “Send a message”, to the right of the host’s information, if you’d like to follow-up with them directly.

    Reserve space in CAPD for the Virtual Fair or Interviews

    Need a quiet space to participate in an interview or the MPP Virtual Fair? Book a room in E17-294 available Monday – Friday, between 10-4pm. Learn more and submit your reservation online.  

  • Before the Fair

    – Complete your profile in Handshake

    – Upload your resume and make your resume visible to employers in Handshake

    – Read the instructions and tips offered for Scheduled Chats on this page

    – Review the additional links and tutorials found in the Resources and Support section of this page

    – Reserve space in CAPD for the Virtual Fair. If you need a quiet space to participate in the MPP Virtual Fair, book a room in E17-294 (available Monday – Friday, between 10-4pm). Learn more and submit your reservation online.

    Day of the Virtual Fair

    – Select Chrome as your browser when participating in the virtual fair. You can also use Firefox or participate using the Handshake mobile app

    – Turn off VPN

    – Cancel your sessions IN ADVANCE, if you cannot attend a session you have signed up for with an employer. This is respectful of the employer’s time, allows other candidates to register for that slot, and ensures you will be able to sign up for other sessions during that timeframe

    – Review the additional links and tutorials found in the Resources and Support section of this page

    – Use the Virtual Help Room

    – Chat with CAPD staff! Pop into the CAPD Help Room, if you need help.

    – Download the Handshake App on your phone or mobile device through the Apple Store or Google Play for access to the fair map and list of employers. Learn more about using Handshake Mobile

  • A list of attending employers for each fair will be available in Handshake on a rolling basis as employer registrations are approved. Please visit the in-person and virtual fair pages in Handshake, click on ‘show all employers’, and use the search and filter features to find employers of interest.  
    Please note: As employers do not have to attend both fairs, there will likely be different employers at the in-person and virtual fairs. Please review the attending employers in advance to determine which event will have the employers of interest to you. 

    March 31st In-Person MPP Fair
    A digital display of the booth map will also be available in the lobby of the fair in the Johnson Athletic Center, and a PDF of the map is attached to this email.

    Handshake App
    Help us be green and download the app on your phone or mobile device through the Apple Store or Google Play for access to the fair map and list of employers. Learn more about using Handshake Mobile.

For additional details, please visit the main Master’s, PhD, and Postdoc (MPP) Career Fair page