Career Development

Career Fairs and Events

Preparing for Job Fairs

Job fairs can be a very effective and rewarding component of your job search plan. Students who are seeking employment and internship opportunities are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these events. Each provides an invaluable opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of industries, to learn about career opportunities, and to interview for jobs or internships. Student participants can visit with a large number of hiring professionals in a short period of time, making the most of one's time and effort. Career fairs are not only convenient, but economical too. Many are free for students to attend or have a minimal registration fee.
Note: all registration fees are cash or check only, we are not able to process credit/debit cards.

Government and Non-Profit Career Fair
October 28, 2013
This Career Fair brings Minnesota college students and nearly 100 non-profit and government employers together for networking, internships and job opportunities. See details of event including list of employers. Pre-register through the career development office 651-690-8890 or CdC 460.

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair
February 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
Network with over 200 businesses and non-profit organizations. This fair is open only to current undergraduate students and December 2013 graduates from participating Minnesota Private Colleges. Watch the video, research potential employers.

Pathways to Careers
Spring 2014
Each year the Minnesota Private Colleges host an event connecting alumni and students. Alumni speak on panels about their career experience and follow-up with an informal networking reception. In 2013 the focus was on social services and students learned about professional opportunities in the areas of: human services, non-profit, criminal justice/protective services or government.

Minnesota Education Job Fair
April 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
This fair is open only to alum and to students interested in a career in education.
Representatives from local, national, and international school districts as well as education-related non-profits are in attendance to meet with and interview qualified candidates.

St. Catherine University Career Opportunities Fair
October 10, 2013 - 2014 Date tbd
Each year St. Kate's offers a career fair for our students and alums featuring over 75 business and non-profit employers. It's a terrific opportunity to network with employers regarding internships or jobs. Use this link any time of year to research employers who are interested in employing Katie's.
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Preparing for Job Fairs

To prepare for job fairs, the Career Development office offers a number of helpful resources. You are also encouraged to make an appointment with a career counselor for one-to-one assistance with your resume, interview skills (including the 30-second "personal commercial" you will need to develop for job fair schmoozing), and more.

Additional information on job fair preparation:

Job Fair Success from, this great article includes suggestions for successfully approaching job fairs

Additional Job Fairs & Job Fair Organizations:

Diversity Recruitment Career Fair Schedule Equal Opportunities Publications, Inc. helps "job-seekers from under-represented groups find employment"
CFG Inc. Career Fairs Career fairs for Sales, Management and Business opportunities; also IT, MIS, and Engineering

Sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the NACE International Students Virtual Career Fair is available FREE during the spring and open to international students at schools that hold NACE membership who:

  • wish to return to their home country for full-time or internship/co-op opportunities.
  • are currently pursuing one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT) and/or long-term opportunities in the United States.
  • are currently pursuing summer Curricular Practical Training (CPT) internships in the United States.

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