Last Call to Find Interns on Campus: Check Out Our Career Fair Directory to Find a Spring/Summer Fair Near You

Still looking for a rockstar Biz Dev Intern or  a savvy social media guru to help grow your company’s online community? Good news: It’s not too late to head out on campus in search of amazing talent for your summer internship program. Many colleges and universities are still hosting spring and summer career fairs, and there are tons of eager students still looking to pair their talents with an awesome company.

We know that figuring out which schools are hosting fairs is a pain (we’ve been there) and that’s why we created a career fair directory so that you can search through all of the fairs, right in one place. Discover upcoming career fairs at your local universities and make plans to attend one this spring or summer. Since recruitment season is winding down, some schools might be willing to offer discounts to attend their fair, or willing  to waive fees for other perks like interview rooms, email blasts to students, or even housing if your team is traveling.

Make the most of your time on campus by planning in advance (as much as possible).

1) Start preparing. Decide who will go to the fair, round up all of your schwag, products, demos, and marketing collateral about your company. Decide your hiring needs and strategy in advance. Will you accept resumes early, host a Q&A or info session for students, or screen candidates to set up interviews later? Who will be tasked with filtering through the resumes you connect, contacting students, and making offers?  Often times career services can help set you up with a room to conduct interviews or you can always stake out a table at a nearby cafe to schedule back-to-back interviews with students. Many candidates will be deciding between multiple offers, so make sure to have a strategy and timeline to follow up with candidates. Putting this plan in place in advance will help make for a much more efficient process.

2) Spread the word:  Coordinate with career services to help you send out announcements to both students and student orgs of interest that your company will be on campus recruiting.  Be sure to announce your plans to attend the career fair via your social media accounts and don’t forget to mention the university when you announce it on Twitter. This strategy should also be employed on game day, let students know that you’re on campus, how long you will be there, where they can find your booth, and important details about info sessions or how to set up and interview.

3) Go Hard or Go Home. It’s well known in the startup world that when Mark Zuckerberg was looking for interns for Facebook, he passed out fliers and stood in front of Stanford’s School of Engineering looking to recruit interns. While you don’t have to go as rogue as Mark, this is the last call before the summer. Make sure your team shows up early, excited to talk with students about your company, and that students know you’re attending the career fair and still looking for summer interns.

List of Upcoming Career Fairs

Portland State University – 4/15

Stanford University – 4/17

Binghamton University – 4/17

University of Colorado, Boulder – 4/17

University of Denver – 4/17

Oregon State University – 4/23

University of California, Los Angeles – 5/1

University of California, Irvine  – 5/2

University of Washington – 6/27

Meanwhile, if your recruitment cycle is complete, check back with us through out the summer and the fall as we update the directory with the 2013-2014 career fair schedule.

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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is VP of Marketing and co-founder of Looksharp. He has spent the past decade helping students launch their career, researching best practices for hiring millennials (including running Looksharp's annual "State of College Hiring") and sharing these insights with employers. Nathan's work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and more. Outside of work, Nathan is an avid rock climber, back packer and Bob Dylan fan.