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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Career & Internship Expo - Student Information

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DATE & TIME: Oct 18 & 19, 2016 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
DAY 1: Science, Engineering, Technology & Construction
Day 2: Business, Communications, Human Services, & Healthcare
Login to your MavJobs account to see which employers are coming to Your Career and Internship Expo to recruit YOU! Plan to attend EVERY year, first year students through seniors and Alum, ALL MAJORS, welcome to attend and CHECK IT OUT!



While each day of the Expo is "split up" per the attending organization's primary focus, we strongly encourage ALL students and alumni to attend both days of the Expo as the majority of employers typically have a number of different employment needs throughout their organization, and are interested in potential candidates from a variety of backgrounds and majors. To be prepared to interact with employers, we encourage students and alumni to look over the list of all attending employers, including organization overviews, prior to attending the Expo.

Students - why should you attend?

 There are several benefits to attending the Career & Internship Expo. You can:

  • Explore positions and career fields you could pursue with your major.
  • Increase your chances of interviewing with an employer.
  • Receive useful job search advice from seasoned company recruiters.
  • Start or further develop your network of contacts!
How to prepare:

If you are attending the Career & Internship Expo you should prepare as you would for an interview. Be prepared; view the information below to see what to do in preparation for the Expo.

Attend QuickStop: drop-in service. Stop by the CDC for a 10 minute session on career & job search questions, resume help, interview tips and more. Quick Stop is held in the CDC, WA209 during the academic year.

Research Organizations: By researching organizations in advance, you can identify the organizations you are interested in and be better prepared to speak with the representatives at the event.

Show employers that you are interested in them before you attend the Expo! This will help the employer reach out to you to set up interviews ahead of time or look out for you the day of the event. Remember, there may be many students who express interest in an organization, do not expect them to remember everyone, but this can give you an advantage.

Log into your MavJobs student account. Upload an updated resume with a broad objective or no objective to the system.

Review your profile in MavJobs: Your name tag at the event will print based on the information in MavJobs! If your class year and major are incorrect, go to the Registration Help Desk to make any needed corrections. 

Career Fair Success

 Before the Expo
Have a 30 Second “sales pitch” prepared - include the following:
  • Name
  • Major
  • Class Year/Expected graduation date
  • Career interest
  • Past work experience

Your INFOmercial

Be prepared for questions the employers may ask of you.
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you think you will be successful in this field?
  • Why are you interested in our organization?
  • What do you hope to gain from an internship with our organization?

7 Tips for Researching Companies


Have a list of questions to ask the employers.
  • What characteristics does a successful employee have at your company?
  • What are some of the typical duties an intern would have?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process?
View online resources about interviewing
Review your account and be sure your most updated resume is uploaded.
The Day of the Expo
Dress professionally
  • It is ALWAYS better to be overdressed than underdressed

  • Looking professional supports your claim that you are ready to BE a professional!

  • Wearing a suit is appropriate, and by many employers, expected. NO casual wear (i.e. jeans, tennis shoes, flip flops, shorts, hats, tank tops, t-shirts, back packs). Employers made many comments last year about students being underdressed… In a VERY tight economy, you need to do everything you can to make a positive first impression!

  • Men – if you do not own a suit, dress pants and a shirt and tie are acceptable. Khakis and a polo shirt are the minimum!

  • Women – if you do not own a suit, dress pants or a skirt with a blazer is encouraged, but a button down blouse or sweater can be worn

  • Make sure hair is well groomed and neat.

  • Remove any piercings and cover visible tattoos.

  • There will be a FREE coat/bag check so you will not have to drag your coats or back packs through the Expo.

Interview Dress for Men

Interview Dress for Women


Have MANY copies of your resume (20-40).

Although some employer representatives will only accept resumes online for electronic tracking, last year 92% of the evaluations stated that employers accept hard-copy resumes at the event. So you NEED to bring multiple copies with you!


Stand Out Resumes

Stop by the EXPO Quick Stop to make sure you are ready for your Expo performance
  • Have a FREE professional photo taken!  You will receive an electronic copy to use for LinkedIn and other professional social media sites.
  • Do a final wardrobe check.
  • Review employers attending the Expo.
  • Practice your handshake.
Be aware of your behavior.
  • Smile.
  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Positive attitude.
  • ENERGY!!!!
  • Approach employers independently – do not walk around with your friends!

First Impressions

Have a plan of action - Who do you want to see and why?
Keep your options open - Limiting yourself to certain employers may lead to missing out on excellent opportunities.
Additional items to bring:
  • Pad of paper to make notes about employers.

  • Printed copies of your research.

  • A folder, portfolio, or briefcase to carry your items.

5 Things to take away from the Career and Internship Expo
  • Business cards from the recruiters you have met.

  • Notes about contacts you made.

  • Information about organizations.

  • A better sense of your career options.

  • Self-confidence in interacting with employer representatives!

After the Expo

  • Send thank you notes to each employer representative with whom you conversed and would like to follow-up with.

  • Write to any prospective employers you are still interested in.


Follow Up With The Employer

Debrief yourself
  • Analyze what you learned from this experience.

  • What did you do well?

  • What would you do differently?