Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, February 27, 2020

9:00am – 2:00pm | Visit Employer Booths
9:00am – 6:00pm | Invited Interviews
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Advanced registration via Handshake is required. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
The fair is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors only.

GENERAL REGISTRATION A $15 fee is required at the time of registration.  The preferred method of payment is credit/debit card directly in Handshake. You may visit the Piper Center in person (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to pay by cash, check or Ole Card.
Cancel by Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to receive a refund of your fee.
(fEE waiver)
Students who have a high level of financial need and who are eligible for the Johnson Family Opportunity Fund can have their fair registration fee covered by the fund.  Students are notified of their eligibility from Financial Aid via email or you may contact Financial Aid directly to confirm.  Cancel by Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • You will not be permitted to participate in the fair if you do not attend a mandatory prep session.  Options are below.
  • To cancel your registration, please email Bryan Shealer (shealer@stolaf.edu) or stop by in person to the Piper Center.
  • 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?

Come to an Info Session! There are two options:

Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 4-5:00 | Taylor Center (Buntrock 111)
Thursday, Feb. 13 | 11:30-12:30 | Viking Theater (Buntrock)

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.
You are also 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 the primary job fair prep coach Paul Kim in Handshake.
Questions can also be directed to Bryan Shealer or Kristi Kehrwald Adair in the Piper Center.

Mandatory Preparation Sessions

Attend ONE of the following:

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

International Students: Please review the International Student Prep Guide.  An optional 30-minute supplementary session will occur after the main session for International Students. Please

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


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.

Review the pre-request handout


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

Disability Accommodations

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

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.

Additional Opportunities at the Fair

International Student Coaching Meetings

Meet with a career coach one-on-one to discuss your goals for the fair, identify employers who are open to international students, and create a plan for your time at the fair.

Room TBD | 9:00-11:00 a.m.

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!