Career and Internship Fairs

 Career & Internship Fairs for Students

The UW-Milwaukee job and career fairs are a great way to meet with employers seeking students and alumni for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time career opportunities.

Up-Coming Career Fairs | In-Person Career Fair Prep | Virtual Career Fair Prep

Career and Internship Fairs


In-Person Career Fair Prep

Step 1 - Before the Fair
  • Identify and research attending organizations. Visit Handshake for a list.
  • Have a well-written resume and bring multiple copies. Visit CPaRC Walk-in Hours or request an appointment for a resume review.
  • Plan what you will wear. Visit the CPaRC Career Closet for free professional attire.
  • Create and practice your elevator pitch. Include name, major, experiences, and information you are seeking.
  • Practice and strengthen your interviewing skills with BigInterview.

Elevator Pitch Example: “Hi, my name is Linda Lee. I’m graduating in May with a psychology degree. This summer I was a marketing intern at XYZ where I assisted with client support and building their social media presence. I’m currently looking for an opportunity in one or both of these areas.”

Step 2 - During the Fair
  • Pick up a career fair packet and name tag at the registration table.
  • Seek out UWM staff for questions or if you are nervous.
  • Introduce yourself with your elevator pitch and a handshake.
  • Ask questions to gather information. Sample questions to ask employers.
Step 3 - After the Fair
  • Send emails to employers you want to follow up with. Thank them for their time, remind them of your conversation and express your interest.
  • Meet with a CPaRC Career Advisor during Walk-in Hours for assistance with your internship/job search.

Virtual Career Fair Prep

Step 1 - Complete Your Handshake Profile
  • We highly recommend you complete your Handshake profile. Employers view profiles of students who register for their sessions.
  • Be sure to set your profile visibility to Community in the Settings and Privacy Section so employers can engage with you during the fair.

Step-by-Step Guide: Complete Your Handshake Profile

How to Build Your Handshake Profile

Step 2 - Register and Sign-Up for Employer Sessions

Register for the Fair
Access the specific registration link for a fair by clicking the name of the fair in the event listing above.
Event Listing

Sign-Up for Employer Sessions
Sign-up as soon as possible, however, check back regularly as employers may add sessions closer to the day of the fair.

Two types of employer sessions:

  • 10-minute one-on-one sessions: Only you and the employer. Be prepared for your session – research the company, craft an elevator pitch, reflect on skills to talk about, and have questions to ask the employer.
  • 30-minute group sessions: Employers present on their organization and career opportunities. You can ask questions during these sessions.

Step-by-Step Guide: Register and Sign Up for Employer Sessions

Step 3 - Test Your Technology Before the Fair
Handshake uses Twilio software to support audio and visual capabilities for the virtual fair. Use Twilio Network Test to test the device you plan to use the day of the fair to ensure it will work properly with the software.

 Twilio Network Test

Step-by-Step Guide: Technology Troubleshooting

Step 4 - Prepare for the Fair
Before the Fair

  • Research companies that you have scheduled sessions with.
  • Craft and practice your elevator pitch and update your resume.
  • Identify questions to ask the employer.
  • Determine what to wear – professional attire recommended!
  • Set the scene. Your backdrop should be clean and professional, the lighting appropriate, and the environment distraction-free. Do a test video call with a friend!

Step-by Step Guide: Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair

How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair
Attending a Virtual Career Fair – A Panel Discussion with Employers

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