Host a Company Presentation

Please note that we are planning for virtual recruiting activities only this fall 2021 semester, including career fairs, student interviews, program and events. Also, during MIT’s Career Exploration Week from September 20 -24 we will only approve on Handshake employer programs which support student career exploration, and decline those programs on Handshake which recruit students for their organization. If any questions, please email hiremit@mit.edu
 
Company presentations raise awareness and build interest in your company, mission, culture, and opportunities. Considering also discussing recruiting timelines, interview tips, and answer questions from participating students.
 
Typical company presentations are/include:
– Multi-school events
– Recruiting/HR-forward
– Highlight internship and fulltime employment opportunities
– Provide insight into the application window, deadlines, and interview process
 
How to post a company presentation:
– Post your event in Handshake
– Add important details such as the day/time, virtual link (or registration link), and comprehensive description of what students can expect
– Employers are responsible for using their own virtual platform, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams among others, to host and deliver their virtual event
– There is no cost to post a virtual event in Handshake
– Promote your event by sharing information with select student clubs/organizations and academic administrators

 

Company Presentation Tips

The MIT students are a captive audience as their attendance confirms they are already interested in your company. These students will often visit
your website for more information prior to your presentation, so it is up to you to use your presentation time to interact, network and emphasize what your organization has to offer them. 
 
Presentation Format
  • Interactive Presentation:
    Make your presentation as creative and engaging as possible. A straightforward PowerPoint or Prezi is not as appealing to students as an opportunity to interact with you and others in the form of a game, contest or group activity. 
  • Slides:
    If using a PowerPoint, limit the number of slides, keep text to a minimum, and offer to send a copy to students at the session. Also take into account your potential audience’s needs and make your slides accessible for those with disabilities
  • Student Questions:
    If doing a formal presentation, keep it short (perhaps 20 to 30 minutes) to allow ample time for questions and for students to practice networking
  • MIT Alumni:
    Include MIT alumni—both recent graduates and senior staff—as much possible. Students respond well to listening to the experiences of individuals, so profile employees with the details of their career path since graduation.
  • Food and Handouts:
    Food and useful company handouts (pamphlets, brochures, T-Shirts, water bottles, etc.) always attract students and can increase the number of students you reach on campus.
Presentation Content
  • Company Overview and Culture:
    Share a brief overview of your company as well as how your company fits in your broader industry. In addition, students are interested in learning about
    culture at different companies, so be sure to include that!
  • Types of Positions:
    Indicate the different levels that students can be hired at and what you are recruiting for. Students will typically be interested in new graduate positions and internship
    programs
  • Skills Sought:
    Specify what your company looks for in graduates, including the skills that are in demand in your organization. Explain what students can do to help stand out in the applicant
    pool and prepare for the recruitment process.
  • Recruitment and Interview Process:
    Specify the timeline for recruitment, including important events on campus, application deadlines, and when offers are made. Provide an overview of the
    types of interviews students can expect.
  • International Opportunities:
    MIT has a number of international students, especially at the graduate level. Include whether you hire international students and what roles they might take
    within your organization.
  • Future of Company:
    Consider that students may be interested in the expected growth trajectory within your company and within the industry. Including some quick data can be useful!