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Career Fair

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Career Fair - Spring 2021

Whether you are looking for a full-time job or an internship, you will find the Engineering Career Fair at South Dakota State University a great place to start your search. This career fair is held specifically for engineering students. The event provides an opportunity for prospective employers from a wide range of industries to meet with engineering students interested in working for their companies.

Due to COVID precautions,  we invite you to join our Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Thursday, February 11th from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the 2021 Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Virtual Career Fair will open soon! The fair will take place in Handshake. There will be a $200 fee to attend our Virtual Career Fair. The attached pdf is very important for you and your team to understand how the virtual fair will work.

Register for the fair here. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Participating in this event will provide your organization the opportunity to:

  • Recruit students for interns, full- and part-time positions, as well as graduate school.
  • Educate students on your industry, hiring practices, desired skills and recruiting cycles.
  • Market and grow your organization’s visibility at South Dakota’s largest, most comprehensive and only land-grant university.

WHO WILL ATTEND?

The fair is open only to SDSU students. The primary target audience is students with majors, minors, certificates in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Academic areas of study include:

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Construction and Operations Management: Construction Management, Construction Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Technology, Operations Management
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Informatics, Software Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering

Companies Registered for the Career Fair

Employers attending the Engineering Career Fair this fall.

Employers and Recruiters

Click here for more information.

Student FAQs

What is the purpose of the Career Fair?

There is no better way to introduce yourself than with a firm handshake. The College of Engineering Career Fair provides an invaluable opportunity for students and recent graduates to meet employers face-to-face, make contacts, explore career options and inquire about available internships and full-time opportunities.

What kinds of opportunities are available?

Many companies begin their recruitment for summer positions as early as the fall prior to the May start date. Whether you are a first-year student interested in learning about what an engineer in your major does, a second-year or third-year student looking for an internship or a final-year student searching for full-time work, the Career Fair is your first step for success.

Who should attend?

If you are a student in Engineering, you should attend the College of Engineering Career Fair. Even as a first year student, it is important to experience a fair, practice networking and you may find a great future opportunity. Engineering students are in high demand, and this Fair affords students a great opportunity.

How do I attend The College of Engineering Career Fair?

You do not need to register for the Career Fair. However, consider signing up on Handshake and schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Development for resume review and helpful tips.

What should I wear?

Career fair dress should be either business casual or business formal. If you have a suit, plan to wear that to the fair. If you do not have a suit, dress slacks, a skirt, button-down shirt with a tie or a knit blouse are appropriate. You want to feel professional and confident. Jeans, gym shoes, torn clothing and revealing clothing are not appropriate for a career fair, even if you are just visiting for class participation credit. 

What should I bring?

Be sure to bring many copies of your updated, polished resume as well as a portfolio or folder to carry it in. Also remember a pen or pencil, notepad and breath mints.

How do I prepare for the Career Fair?

In addition to attending a resume review or career coaching appointment, participate in any pre-Fair workshops and events, view the participating employers list and begin researching those that interest you in advance. Visit company websites. Check current job openings to get an idea of what skills and education are required to work for that company.

I've never been to the Career Fair before. How do I interact with employers?

Consider preparing a brief 30-second introduction about who you are and why you are interested in the company. Practice this introduction before you logon to the fair. Please visit the Office of Career Development before the Fair to polish your introduction or "elevator speech," and review your resume so you are prepared.

What if the company I am interested in is not attending the Career Fair?

Just because a company is not attending the Fair this year does not mean they are not recruiting College of Engineering students. Be sure to check company websites for open positions and make a point to research areas of the company you are interested in working for. Companies want passionate employees. However, do not let this be an excuse to miss the fair. Use the Fair to polish up and practice marketing yourself and you just never know, that perfect opportunity could be waiting.