CLA Internship & Career Fair
About the CLA Internship & Career Fair
The CLA Internship & Career Fair connects CLA students across all 65+ majors with employers and organizations represented from many career field areas. Students can explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni. This year, participants will experience the fair in a new way. The CLA Internship & Career Fair will be held virtually through the Career Fair Plus platform. By attending the fair in a virtual setting, students are able to avoid waiting in long lines, as well as schedule times to meet with employers in advance.
A virtual career fair is an event where employers host virtual booths with representatives from the organization available to talk with candidates through either one-on-one conversations or group sessions. The goal of the virtual fair is to build relationships (i.e. network) with employers so you can explore different career fields, discover position openings, and engage with employers about their organizations and what kind of skills they are seeking for their roles. Often students won’t leave a career fair with a job offer, but will leave with a better understanding of where to apply for positions, how to best represent oneself for certain roles, and who to get in touch with to learn more or ask questions. Making a positive impression with employers can really help candidates to stand out in the job or internship application process!
This event is open to all CLA students and recent alumni and is FREE to attend.
The CLA Internship & Career Fair is coordinated by CLA Career Services.
CLA Career Services is committed to supporting students and alumni in navigating this experience. Register for the fair and learn more about the virtual fair preparation resources in the “Prepare for the Fair” section.
Register to Attend the Fair
Registration for the CLA Internship & Career Fair can be found on GoldPASS powered by Handshake.
You can find more information about the CLA Internship & Career Fair and register on GoldPASS powered by Handshake — click on “Events” and then “Fair Search.” Or go directly to the registration page.
CLA students/alumni may still attend the event without pre-registering. Whether you pre-register or not, please bring your student ID to the fair, as you will need it to check in.
You can find more information about the CLA Internship & Career Fair and register on GoldPASS powered by Handshake, including pricing and registration deadlines.
Student & Employer Feedback About the Fair
The most significant thing I gained at the fair was simply the practice of networking and engaging with prospective employers. Attending such events successfully takes practice.
Junior, Political Science and English
Go to as many career events at the beginning of the year as you can, because you never know how early opportunities will start appearing.
Plan ahead. Don't be afraid to go in and just ask questions, but plan a course of action beforehand.
First Year, Undecided
The CLA Internship & Career Fair gives us the ability to speak with the next generation of our business, learn about what they want in a career, and add talent to our teams.
The CLA Internship & Career Fair is a great way to connect with some of the U’s most talented and bright students.
We love this fair. The variety of majors appeals to the variety of our internships. It’s great to get so much diversity for our organization.
Prepare for the Fair
The CLA Internship & Career Fair is going virtual this year! Whether this is your first fair or not, CLA Career Services is committed to supporting you in navigating our virtual fair.
Make the most of the fair by preparing. But first, here are the top 10 things you need know about the virtual fair event before you get started on your preparation:
- Great news! You don’t have to wait in line to connect with an employer! This is one of the great benefits of a virtual fair. By participating in CLA’s virtual fair, you will have access to schedule a one-on-one or group session with employers ahead of time.
- Register for the virtual fair on GoldPASS powered by Handshake.
- Once you’ve registered for the fair, you’ll need to download the Career Fair Plus app on your mobile device. Downloading the app on your mobile device will give you full access to employer meeting schedules, fair tips, and your unique meeting schedule.
- After you’ve downloaded the app, search ‘University of Minnesota’, and then select ‘CLA Internship & Career Fair’.
- Create an account using your University email in order to schedule your employer meetings.
- Begin researching employers through the Career Fair Plus app. Make sure to access the app regularly to check which employers will be at the fair. From there, you can sign up for available appointments or drop-in slots.
- On September 14, you can begin signing up for meetings with employers through the Career Fair Plus app. This quick tutorial shows you how to schedule a video meeting with an employer.
- After booking a meeting(s), the day before the event, you will receive an email including video meeting room links for each meeting. You can join your meetings using the provided link from either your mobile device, or laptop.
- Students are able to schedule with employers on the Career Fair Plus app through October 1 at 1:00 P.M. CST.
- Virtual fair day! The CLA Internship & Career Fair is on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. CST.
Now, are you ready to get prepared for the fair? Learn about what you can do before, during, and after the fair in Career Fair Plus app. In the app navigation bar, you’ll want to go to ‘Career Fair 101’ for fair tips.
Want to talk to someone about preparing for a career fair or have your resume reviewed? Virtual appointments and drop-ins are available.
We understand that being an international student (one who will eventually require sponsorship in order to work in the U.S.) presents some unique challenges. To help you respond to those challenges, we have prepared a few resources that are specific to the international student experience at job fairs. Make sure you take full advantage of these as well as visiting CLA Career Services for a résumé review and practice introducing yourself. Virtual appointments and drop-ins are available.
Be sure to connect with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Additionally, on the day of the virtual fair, an ISSS information virtual booth will be available for more information about international student work authorization options.
Career Fair Checklist for International Students:
- Begin with an introduction that emphasizes your qualifications.
- Showcase the research you have done about the company, and your fit with the company.
- Ask questions that will get a conversation started, and let the employer learn what you bring beyond being an international student."
Answering common employer questions about sponsorship:
- "Do you need sponsorship?" or "Do you need work authorization?"
- "My education visa covers me for internships. I don't need any authorization or sponsorship from an employer."
- "My education visa covers me for (X) months during which time I do not need authorization or sponsorship from my employer. After that, I would need my employer to file for a work visa, but I expect by that time to have really demonstrated my value and my fit for your company."
- "I would not require sponsorship or any additional paperwork or expense to work for you as an intern. If, as I hope happens, I do such a great job that you want to keep me on full-time, then I would ultimately need sponsorship.