VT-affiliated fairs

In 2018-2019, over 20 VT-affiliated career fairs, with 19 different sponsors. Details, contacts on each fair's website!

Teaching | education fairs

Students seeking teaching and school system jobs should explore teaching and education fairs.

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Virtual fairs

Reality: Not all employers can travel to campus! Expand your world with virtual fairs for career fields, populations, locations.

VT-AFFILIATED CAREER FAIRS

Fall & spring fairs list compiled by Career & Professional Development [CPD] to help students and employers.

NOTE CPD does NOT sponsor or control most of these fairs! See each event website for details.

Contacts for employers with questions about fairs.

VT faculty / staff can request having your VT fair listed.

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FALL SEMESTER CAREER FAIRS

  • Fair dates listed only. Some fairs have next-day interviews.
  • For QUESTIONS about a specific fair, see its WEBSITE and CONTACT THE SPONSOR. Details are under control of sponsor and are subject to change.
  • Employers needing advice on which fairs to attend, please contact CPD Employer Relations Staff.

Business Horizons Fall Career Fair
(link is on the Pamplin College Career Services page).

Sponsor: Pamplin College of Business.
Thur. Sep. 6, 2018

Engineering Expo
Sponsor is a student organization: Student Engineers Council. Faculty advisor: Dr. Bev Watford.
Sep. 11 & 12, 2018

CareerScope Hospitality & Tourism Mgt Career Fair
Sponsor: Hospitality and Tourism Management Dept.
Thur. Sep. 20, 2018

Natural Resources & Environment Career Fair
Sponsor: College of Natural Resources & Environment.
Tues. Sep. 25, 2018

Aerospace, Defense, and Intelligence Career Fair
Sponsors: Aerospace & Ocean Engr. Dept, and Hume Center.
Oct. 1, 2018

Mining and Minerals Career Fair
Sponsor: Mining & Minerals Engineering Dept.
Thur. Oct. 4, 2018

Spectrum: Careers in business, creative, human, and public services.
Sponsor: Career & Professional Development.
Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

Careers in Science
Sponsor: Career & Professional Development.
Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

Multimedia Journalism Career & Internship Fair
Sponsor: Dept. of Communication.
Fr. Oct. 12, 2018

Construction Internship and Career Fall Fair
Sponsor: Myers-Lawson School of Construction.
Oct. 15-16, 2018

RVA Fall Career Expo
Sponsor: Richmond Alumni Association Chapter.
Fr. Oct. 19, 2018. VT fall break date; no classes.

Civil Engineering Fall Career Fair
Sponsor: Civil Engineering Dept.
Tues. Oct. 23, 2018

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SPRING SEMESTER CAREER FAIRS

  • Fair dates listed only. Some fairs have next-day interviews.
  • For QUESTIONS about a specific fair, see its WEBSITE and CONTACT THE SPONSOR. Details are under control of sponsor and are subject to change.
  • Employers needing advice on which fairs to attend, please contact CPD Employer Relations Staff.

REAL Career Fair
Sponsor: Real Estate Program at Virginia Tech
Tues. Feb. 5, 2019

Business Horizons Spring Career Fair
(link is on the Pamplin College Career Services page
).
Sponsor: Pamplin College of Business.
Wed. Feb. 6, 2019

Construction Internship and Career Spring Fair
Sponsor: Myers-Lawson School of Construction.
Mon. Feb. 11, 2019

CAMEO Career Fest
Sponsor is a student organization: Council for Advancement of Minority Engineering Organizations. Faculty advisor: Dr. Bev Watford.
Mon. Feb 18, 2019

Connection: All-careers fair
Sponsor: Career & Professional Development.
Wed. Feb. 20, 2019

Destinations in Hospitality & Tourism Management
Sponsor: Hospitality & Tourism Mgt. Dept.
Thur. Feb. 21, 2019

School of Architecture + Design Career Day
Sponsor: School of Architecture + Design.
Mon. Feb. 25, 2019

Civil Engineering Spring Career Fair
Sponsor: Civil Engineering Dept.
Tues. Feb. 26, 2019

National Capital Region Job Fair
Sponsor: NCR Alumni Association Chapter.
Mon. Mar. 11, 2019. During VT spring break.

RVA Spring Career Expo
Sponsor: Richmond Alumni Association Chapter.
Fr. Mar. 15, 2019. During VT spring break.

Property Management Career Fair
(scroll down to announcement)

Sponsor: Property Management Dept.
Thur. Mar. 21, 2019

SEC-ACC Virtual Career Fair: All majors & academic levels
Sponsor: CareerEco. Career & Professional Development serves as the Virginia Tech contact for this event.
Tues. & Wed. Apr. 2-3, 2019

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Teaching / education job fairs

Listed ALPHA by sponsor.
IF 2018-2019 dates are not yet published by the sponsor, the previous date is shown.
Details are subject to change, so see event websites for complete information and to verify the date.

FOR QUESTIONS, VISIT EVENT WEBSITE AND CONTACT THE SPONSOR.

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Virtual career fairs

The virtual fairs focus on particular career fields or populations.
Many employers have excellent opportunities, but cannot travel to every campus to attend in-person fairs. Virtual fairs open a world of opportunity to students to connect with more employers. Take advantage!

SPONSOR / CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS, CareerEco.

See the CareerEco Virtual fairs list for all details; which includes fairs for:

  • Internship and Co-op
  • Finance
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Bank talent
  • Retail careers
  • Public school system
  • Higher education careers
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Veterans
  • Students with disabilities
  • College athletes
  • International students
  • Retail careers
  • ...and many more

CONTACTS FOR EMPLOYERS with QUESTIONS ABOUT a FAIR/FAIRS

If you need ADVICE about which VT fair(s) to attend, please see which fairs should employers attend? 
The employer relations staff in Career & Professional Development are here to advise and assist you!

If the sponsor has not provided a date for their fair, we don't know it! If you need assistance or a contact for a specific fair, visit that fair website (all career fairs in the VT fairs list are linked to their website) where the sponsor should post complete information and provide a contact for you.

CONTACTS FOR VT FACULTY / STAFF WHO HOST FAIRS

To request that your Virginia Tech career fair be added to the VT fairs list, or to provide a future date: Email Catherine Copeland, copeland@vt.edu, with:
Subject line = your event name, day & date (fair day only).
Ex: [event], Wed. Nov. 14, 2019.
In your email include: Your web address for your event where students and employers can find complete details including times, location, and your contact information; sponsor organization / department / college.
Please do not send any attachments (PDFs, Word, etc. ;-)

WHICH VT FAIRS SHOULD EMPLOYERS ATTEND?

Employers are encouraged to visit the websites of all fairs of interest, and to speak with the sponsors of those fairs.

Employers are also welcomed and encouraged to contact our employer relations staff in Career & Professional Development for guidance. We know that your time is valuable, and that you incur expenses to travel to campus. We want to assist you in selecting events that will work best for your recruiting goals.

WHICH VT FAIRS SHOULD STUDENTS ATTEND? There is no short-cut answer!

  • At each fair, a wide variety of employers may attend, and each employer specifies their own hiring needs for majors, academic levels, and types of hires including internships, co-ops, and post-grad jobs.
  • Some employers seek very specific majors, and some employers seek a wide variety of majors, both in and outside the sponsoring college or department.
  • The employment world is not organized like universities, by majors and colleges, and many employers seek professional qualities and personal characteristics that are not exclusive to a specific major.
  • Investigate the website for each fair to learn which employers are attending, their hiring needs, and other tips, such as attire, when to arrive, and other features of that particular fair.
  • Be aware that the specific individuals representing an employer at a fair might not know about all the hiring needs of the whole organization, especially if the reps are not from their HR department!
  • The best way to have success at a fair is to do two things:
    • First, plan in advance which employers to approach based on your research, and have a customized introduction (Example: I’m interested in your organization because of the opportunity to work in a project team….” Never ask, “what does your company do?”).
    • Second, arrive with willingness to be flexible and adaptable in speaking with employers. Be ready for the unexpected, and be personable, friendly, and a good listener.
  • Unsure if you are ready to attend a fair? Then be a volunteer. That gives you a reason and purpose to be there, and structure on how to interact (helping employers carry supplies, delivering water, etc.). That will help you see the event from a different viewpoint, and demystify the event, helping you when you are ready to go as a job-seeker. To find out about volunteering, look at each fair website, and/or contact the sponsor, and watch for publicity seeking volunteers.
  • More on how to prepare for a career fair.