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Career Fair

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Career Fair

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.

Location:   Wilbert Square Event Center -   931 25th Ave,  Brookings, SD  57006
attached to the Comfort Suites University.  Special rate for recruiters for this fair!

Cost: Free for students

Dates: The Fall 2020 Career Fair is October 1, 2020 with interviews on October 2, 2020. Mark your calendar! 

Times: 12:00 to 4:00 PM Booths Open  (NEW TIMES PER RECRUITER'S REQUEST)

Offering full-time positions and summer internship positions. Bring your resume!

Companies Registered for the Career Fair

Employers attending the Engineering Career Fair this fall.

Employers & Recruiters

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Students 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.  Cloth masks are encouraged but not required!

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 come to the fair. Please visit the Office of Career Development before the Fair to polish your introduction or "elevator speech," 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.