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Students have several opportunities to learn about potential internships, summer positions and full-time jobs from a variety of organizations during the upcoming Spring Job and Internship Fair Week sponsored by the Center for Career Development.

The center has invited employers from various industries to campus during the week of February 5 to give students a chance to meet representatives face-to-face and explore options. Events include the 10th Annual Diversity Job Fair, the Arts and Sciences Preview Night, the Spring Job and Internship Fair, the Health Careers Fair and a Freelance Workshop.

Share with your students the top five ways they can benefit from attending a job fair:

  1. Explore Options: For students early in their career development, speaking to representatives about industries, jobs, and internships can help them discover the type of work that appeals to them. Asking about company culture and entry-level opportunities can help define their career goals.
  2. Find an Internship or Summer Job: Employers indicate internship experience as the number one attribute when looking to hire individuals, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The fairs allow students a chance to talk to organizations about their internship offerings and learn how to apply.
  3. Practice: Attending career fairs before they are in the market for a full-time job allows students to experience the environment first hand and build confidence. They can observe successful job search behaviors and professional dress options and be ready to hit the ground running in the future.
  4. Network: Students can make professional connections with hundreds of company representatives that attend the fair. Many are UT alumni and are happy to speak with students or let them practice their “30-second commercial.” Faculty are also welcome to attend the fairs and network.
  5. Land a Job: Rarely will students find so many hiring organizations in one place at one time than at an on-campus job fair. It’s an ideal opportunity to connect with them face-to-face.

Encourage students to learn how to prepare for a successful job fair and see upcoming events this spring on the Center for Career Development website.