Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 9-2:00 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Registration will open on Monday, January 10, 2022

Advanced registration via Handshake is required.
The fair is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors only.

  • You will not be permitted to participate in the fair if you do not attend a mandatory prep session.  Options are below.
  • 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.

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 300+ 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.

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

You will be able to browse employers and opportunities in Handshake prior to fair to help you determine if the fair is a good fit for your interests.  You are welcome to schedule an appointment with any coach in the Piper Center to discuss the fair.  Not sure which coach to meet with?  Schedule an appointment with Bryan Shealer or Kristi Kehrwald-Adair.

Mandatory Preparation Sessions

Attend ONE of the following:

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 4-5:00 p.m. | In-Person – Location TBD
  • Thursday, February 101, 2022| 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | VIA ZOOM
  • Monday, February 14, 2022 | 3-4:00 p.m. | In-Person – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | VIA ZOOM

Employers

Over 300+ employers from many different career areas attend the fair.  It is highly recommended that you explore employers registered for the fair and create a plan for your time at 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.

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.

  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.

What Candidates Should Expect

By attending the Job Fair, you will have the opportunity to network with 260+ employers who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates! Many of the employers who will be present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other employers may anticipate hiring in the next six months. No matter what the organizations’ objectives may be, as an attendee, you can take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career goals may fit with their hiring needs. Contact your university Career Services office if you have further questions related to this Fair or your job search.


Accessibility

Information on accessibility options for Handshake Virtual Career Fairs can be found HERE.  Highlights include:

  • Handshake virtual career fairs tool is designed to be compatible with screen readers that those with visual impairment can use to convert text, buttons, or images into speech or braille.
  • The Handshake website and fairs are designed to be navigable for keyboard-only users
  • Color contrast in the virtual fair design is designed so that screen elements are more easily readable for the visually-impaired
  • The Handshake support team can also provide an interpreter for live captioning if requested

If you have any concerns about accessing the fair or need additional support, please contact the Piper Center or Disability and Access Office in the Center for Advising and Academic Support.