Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
9:00am – 2:00pm | Job & Internship Fair Exhibit Booths
9:00am – 6:00pm | Invited Interviews Only

Minneapolis Convention Center | 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.  $15 fee required.

Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair is designed to bring employers and students together in a way that allows students the opportunity to explore many different work and internship opportunities, and employers a cost-effective means of meeting highly talented students from Minnesota’s private colleges. The fair is sponsored by 17 private colleges in the state.  The fair is only open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Limited exceptions may be available, please contact the Piper Center.

The fair includes recruiter representatives from over 250 organizations from business/industry and from the non-profit sector. (Certified teachers have their own fair mid Spring Semester.) The individual organizations each have a booth in the Convention Center on day one of the fair, and students can choose with whom they’d like to make contact.


Over 300 employers from many different career areas attend the fair.

Search for detailed information on employers, including positions available
Employers are registering for the job fair all the time, check back to the list regularly.

Want to know if the Job & Internship Fair is right for you?

Stop by the Piper Center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 and 5 to meet with Peer Advisor who can help you discover if the fair is right for you.  Questions can also be directed to Bryan Shealer in the Piper Center.

Registration is Required

Registration for this fair will begin on Monday, December 9, 2019.  Registration will be in Handshake.
  • Registration Deadline is: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
  • A $15 fee is required at the time of registration.  The preferred method of payment  is credit or debit card directly in Handshake.  If this is not possible, you may visit the Piper Center in person (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to register and pay by cash, check or Ole Card.
  • Cancellation deadline with refund is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Once registered, all communication with you about the fair will be through Handshake e-mail. Check your messages regularly, and watch for important information.

Important Note

It is the student’s responsibility to notify professors as early as possible about an expected absence from a class for the fair.  It is at instructors’ individual discretion to determine how such absences will be handled.

Mandatory Preparation Session

Attend ONE of the following:

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Tomson Hall 280
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Tomson Hall 280
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Tomson Hall 280

OPTIONAL 30-minute break-out sessions will occur after the prep sessions for International Students.

You will not be permitted to participate in the fair if you do not attend the prep session.


Bus transportation  is provided at no additional charge. Buses will depart promptly at 7:30am on Feb. 27 from Buntrock Commons turnaround and drop off at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A return bus to campus will depart the convention center at 1:00, 1:30  2:30, and 6:15 p.m. (Space on a first-come, first-serve basis.)   A roster will not be kept so if you miss the bus you will need to find alternative transportation back to campus on your own.

Mobile App

The mobile app is a great way to prepare, organize, and navigate at the fair. It is available for iPhone and Android platforms.

Download the mobile app


Students who received accommodations for a disability are eligible to access to the job fair floor 30 minutes prior to the official start time.  Please contact Bryan Shealer (shealer) in the Piper Center for further information.

What Candidates Should Expect

What Employers Expect

There are three separate ways for you to set up individual interviews at the fair. You will want to utilize all three means of connecting with employers.

Review the pre-request handout
  1. Upload a copy of your resume to the mnpcfair.org site. Beginning in January, employers will have access to the resume database so that they can begin reviewing the qualifications of students attending the fair. From January until the fair, employers will be scheduling pre-arranged interviews by contacting you directly.
  2. E-mail/mail a resume and cover letter using the contact information on the employer list to request a pre-arranged interview (watch the video above for more information). Beginning in January, employers are giving early consideration to those students requesting pre-arranged interviews. This is your chance to target employers of most interest to you and call attention to yourself as the perfect hire for a particular position or internship.
  3. Market yourself effectively to employers at their exhibit booths on the day of the fair. You will have a very short time – one to three minutes – to make an impression on each recruiter you approach. Employers will meet all interested candidates during the open booth hours and schedule remaining individual interview appointments with selected candidates.

Specialized Events & Round Tables


Room: TBD I 9:00 a.m.

Consultants come from all majors and all academic disciplines. Learn about the varied world of consulting – the major employers, what the work is like, and the qualifications. These will be interactive sessions where professionals will rotate between roundtables for an hour. Students will learn about and connect with multiple consulting employers. Bring your questions!


Room:  TBD  | 11:00 a.m.

Interested in learning more about where your liberal arts degree can take you in the blossoming fields of biomedical/medical device, pharmaceutical science, biotech, R & D, and clinical/healthcare? Join alumni and local employers for an hour of illuminating roundtable discussions.


Room: TBD I 12:00 p.m.

Hear advice and tips from international alumni from the private colleges on how they navigated searching for internships and jobs in the U.S.


Room: TBD I 1:00 p.m.

This opportunity will provide an opportunity to speak with healthcare professionals in a roundtable discussion setting.

LinkedIN Professional Head Shots

Room TBD | 9:00-3:00 p.m.

Improve your profile with a free head shot photographed by a professional photographer!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
9:00am – 2:00pm | Job & Internship Fair Exhibit Booths
9:00am – 6:00pm | Invited Interviews Only

Minneapolis Convention Center | 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Registration will be in Handshake.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2017.  $15 fee required.