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The Career Fairs are hosted by the University of North Dakota in the fall and spring of each year and attended by students from North Dakota, Minnesota, and UND alumni. The Career Fairs serve as an opportunity for employers to connect with potential employees to discuss career and internship-related opportunities. For additional details, please refer to our FAQ's, or contact our Event Coordinator.
Fall 2017 Career Fair
Computer Science, Engineering & Technology Disciplines
- Monday, September 18, 2017; 1 - 4 p.m.
- UND Wellness Center
- Career Fair Map (coming Fall 2017)
Aviation, Business & Liberal Arts Disciplines
- Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 1 - 4 p.m.
- UND Wellness Center
- Career Fair Map (coming Fall 2017)
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Memorial Union Ballroom
- Career Fair Map (coming Fall 2017)
To view information on our meet & greets, information sessions, and other Career events, please visit our Events page.
Employer Career Fair Information
Thank you for your interest in UND's Fall Career Fair. The fall event will be held over the course of 3 days. Day 1 is geared toward students in the computer science, engineering and technology disciplines. Day 2 is for students in the aviation, business and liberal arts disciplines. Day 3 is for accounting and finance disciplines.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is the registration fee and what does it include?
- $310 early-bird fee through August 1, 2017
- $410 normal fee through September 1, 2017
- $510 late fee (if space is available after September 1)
Registration fee includes:
- 6 foot table and 2 chairs
- Registration for up to 4 recruiters
- Free parking in UND's parking ramp
- Wireless internet access
- Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
Payment can be made via credit card in Career Connect when you register, or checks can be made payable to "UND" and sent to:
UND Student Account Services
264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8373
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8373
Notification is appreciated as soon as possible so we may inform students. Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable per our cancellation policy.
How do I register?
Registration for the Fall 2017 Career & Internship Fair will begin in early spring.
To register, visit our Career Connect system and login with your email address and password. If you have not registered in our system before, click where it states, “New User Click Here to Register.”
Once in the system:
- Run your mouse over "Career Events" in the blue bar across the top of the page
- Click on "Search Career Services Events”
- Click on the “Search” button (once) and the titles of our events should appear
- Clicking on the title of the event will give you specific information about it
- Clicking on the word 'register' (on the right) will take you to the registration form
How many companies attend UND's Career Fairs?
In Fall 2016:
- 85 companies attended the Computer Science, Engineering & Technology Fair
- 55 companies attended the Business, Aviation & Liberal Arts Fair
- 28 companies attended the Accounting Fair
A list of the companies that attended the Career Fairs in 2016 can be found here.
For a complete list of the companies attending in Spring 2017, please visit Career Connect.
What majors and minors are offered at UND?
A full list of the majors and minors offered at UND can be found on our website by following this link: Majors & Minors
Where should I ship my display materials?
Attn: UND Career Fair
c/o Campus Postal Services
2891 2nd Avenue North MS 9014
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9014
Where can I stay in Grand Forks?
We suggest the following hotels:
- Hilton Garden Inn: 701.775.6000
- Country Inn & Suites: 701.757.2200
- Canad Inn: 701.772.8404
- Sleep Inn & Suites: 701.757.2900
- Springhill Suites: 701.757.4150
More options: visitgrandforks.com
Where should I park and unload my display materials?
You may unload your vehicle and display materials at the rear (south entrance) of the Memorial Union (2901 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58202). Staff members will be available to assist you.
Free parking will be available to you in the parking ramp, east of the Memorial Union. Please let the parking attendant know that you are here for the Career Fair. They will provide you with a ticket to display on your dashboard.
How many students attend the Career Fairs?
In Fall 2016:
- 496 students attended the Computer Science, Engineering & Technology Fair
- 455 students attended the Business, Aviation & Liberal Arts Fair
- 129 students attended the Accounting Fair
Can I set up interviews before the Career Fair?
Contact our Internship Coordinator. Rooms go quickly for the day after the fair, so please call as soon as possible to reserve your space.
If you need additional information or have a special request, please contact our Coordinator of Orientation & Outreach.
What are some options for me if I want to come to your campus to meet students?
You can request an information session through Career Connect. These can be held any time of the week, however Monday – Thursday, at 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. are the best times. You supply the date you want to host an event, and our office will make arrangements to include a room either at the Memorial Union or within a specific college.
We will also make arrangements for a projector, screen, podium, speakers, etc., if you'd like to show a PowerPoint or web presentation. In addition, offering food such as pizza and cookies, entices students to attend. We can help with ideas if you want to go in that direction. Our office will make a poster and send it to the departments of the majors you are interested in attracting. We will also send an email to students to notify them of the information session.
Contact our Internship Coordinator for assistance.
Table at the Memorial Union
This option is great if you want to reach out to students on a one-on-one basis. Our office will direct you to the Memorial Union staff to reserve and pay for a table. Available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The best times to staff the table would be from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., which is the peak of activity in the Union.
We will add this event to Career Connect and the UND calendars, and our social media.
Can I hold interviews on campus?
The Career Services office is just the place to hold interviews. We have eight interview rooms readily available, in addition to a waiting area for your interviewees. If more than eight rooms are needed, we will make arrangements to meet your needs.
You can schedule interviews by setting up the position available on Career Connect and selecting a schedule of half-hour, 45 minutes or one-hour interview times. Students that meet the requirements you have chosen will then be able to submit resumes; you will screen them and make your choices of who you'd like to interview. Additional openings on your schedule could be filled in as you meet and talk with students at an Information Session, Career Fair, or table at the Memorial Union as described above.
How do I post a position that we have available?
This can be done through our online Career Connect system.
How many students are graduating in a specific field?
Check out the Summary of Graduates by College
Who is invited to the Career Fair?
- UND undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study
- UND alumni are invited and encouraged to attend the Career Fair
- Students of colleges/universities in North Dakota and Minnesota
Student Career Fair Information
Career Fairs connect a large number of employers with potential employees. Advantages to attending:
- Talk to numerous employers at one time and in one place--an efficient and economical way to make contacts in your field.
- Learn more about specific industries and careers to see if they're right for you.
- Make a face-to-face impression on a company representative.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What companies attended the Career Fairs in the past year?
- A list of the companies that attended our Career Fairs in the past year can be found here.
Which companies are attending the Fall 2017 Career Fair?
Please click on the dates below to view the employers that will be attending the Fall Fair.
September 18: Computer Science, Engineering & Technology
September 19: Aviation, Business & Liberal Arts
September 20: Accounting
How should I prepare for the Career Fairs?
- Obtain a list of employers attending the fairs.
- Review standard questions to ask the company representative (refer to list of questions below).
- Develop a script of what to say as an introduction.
What should I take with me to the Fairs?
- Your student ID.
- A letter sized portfolio with a notepad and pen.
- Multiple copies of your resume.
- Your research notes on participants at the fair.
- A compact, professional portfolio of your work samples (if applicable).
Hint: Keep yourself and your materials neat and streamlined, don't overload yourself with too much to carry.
What should I do when I get to the Career Fairs?
- Check in at the registration table for a name tag, map of Career Fair participants, and other posted information.
- Select the first company you are interested in and approach the company table. As you approach the table, have your materials organized, a resume readily available, and any information about the company within easy reach.
Hint: If the line seems too long, it may be more efficient to select another company and come back later.
How do I approach the company representatives?
- As you approach the company table, respect the privacy of others as they complete their conversations.
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times, remembering that you are on stage even as you stand in line or move about the interview area.
- Establish eye contact, present a firm handshake, introduce yourself and know why you have chosen this company. (Avoid being one of the candidates who offers a limp handshake.)
What kinds of questions should I ask the company representatives?
- What types of career opportunities does your company offer?
- What majors does your organization typically hire?
- What kinds of positions do you offer in my major?
- What are the job responsibilities for that type of position?
- What are the most important qualities or characteristics you look for in hiring?
- What are the most important skills necessary to do the job?
- What recommendations would you make for someone who would like to enter that field?
- How did you get into the organization/career field? What is your background and how does it relate to the position?
- What are the typical first year assignments?
- Do you have Co-op, internship or summer job opportunities for someone in my major?
- Do you know of other contacts who might be helpful to me?
- May I contact you if I need more information?
What questions shouldn't I ask at the Career Fair?
- "What's the pay range for this position?" (Save this question for follow-up interviews.)
- "What about benefits and vacation time?" (These items are usually explained when the hiring manager offers you the job.)
- "Can you tell me about your company?" (This question shows that you haven't done your homework.)
How do I make the most of the Career Fair?
Ask yourself what you want from the Career Fair:
- Information about occupations/majors
- Contacts for permanent, summer or co-op/internship jobs
- Job leads
What can I do to be prepared?
- Know what organizations will be there.
- Plan and practice an introduction.
- Ask intelligent, meaningful questions (refer to examples).
- Imagine yourself as the employer. What would you be looking for in a candidate?
How can I network effectively?
Advertise yourself. Develop a short introduction that sells you.
- Greeting, name, major, graduation date.
- Reason for attending Career Fair.
- Evidence of your knowledge about the industry, company and products.
- Summary of your skills and experiences.
How can I make a good impression?
- Use a firm handshake, make eye contact, smile.
- Address the representative as Mr., Ms., or Dr. (check name tag).
- Present your resume and indicate to the recruiter your purpose for attending the Career Fair.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the field/organization.
- Relate your skills, interests and experiences to specific needs of the employer.
- Highlight your previous or current work experiences that show your ability to perform related tasks and indicate your potential to acquire skills.
- Refer to leadership roles or volunteer experiences, coordinating committee activities, etc.
- Be responsive to questions posed by company representatives.
- Listen carefully, your conversation may yield vital information or leads that might affect the interview or lead to potential employment opportunities.
- Keep your hands free to take notes and shake hands.
- Ask for a business card and company information (after you visit, write some key words on the back of the card to help remind you of the conversation, the recruiter, etc).
How should I dress?
Professional looking suit or dress, appropriate shoes, and minimal jewelry. Keep perfume to a minimum, or better yet, don't use at all.
Suit or jacket, shirt and tie, and appropriate shoes. Keep cologne to a minimum, or better yet, don't use at all.
What should I do after the Career Fair?
- Keep notes on your conversations and how you said you would follow up (by email or phone).
- If no business card is available, ask if the recruiter can be reached at the telephone number or address on the literature.
- The day following the fair, call or email the representative you spoke with. In your email, add date, name of event and location, and thank them for their time. Reiterate important information that should be restated and emphasized, in addition to your qualifications and any information you neglected to mention.
- Proofread your email.
- You may want to include a copy of your resume.
Evaluate your experience to understand how the next experience can be improved
- Did you contact the company?
- Did you have difficulty answering any questions?
- Did you relate your academic studies to career goals?
- Did you mention experiential experiences?
Answering these questions and others can help prepare you for your next fair or meeting with any business professional as you develop your networking process.