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AU Job & Internship Fair

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Each semester, the AU Job & Internship Fair attracts more than 140 public, private, and nonprofit organizations eager to recruit AU students and alumni. The AU Job and Internship Fair is open to AU students and alumni and registered employers only.

Explore the preparation steps outlined below to prepare and get the most out of your time at the Job & Internship Fair.

Spring 2018 Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Bender Arena

More than 150 employers now registered!

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A PBS recruiter shakes hands with a student at the fair

Be prepared to give your elevator pitch to employers.

Preparation Checklist for Students


About two weeks before the fair, start planning. Decide what time you want to go, building in extra time in case you have to wait to speak popular employers. You may need to ask permission to miss all or part of a class, and arrange to get notes from a classmate. You'll also want to make time to work on your resume and elevator pitch (the events below are a great opportunity to have an advisor help you!)

Research Employers

Use the Job & Internship Fair app to start researching employers. The app is also where the map of the fair will be published the day before the fair. You can search employers by the type of positions for which they're hiring (full- or part-time, fellowship, or internship), by degree area (arts, business, communications, etc.), and by diversity initiatives (equal opportunity for LGBTQA, underrepresented groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, etc.). You can also save favorite employers and take notes right in the app.

Here are some other questions to think about:

  • Why does this organization interest me? (Their mission or values? The type of work they do? The work environment?)
  • What skills, experience, or qualities do I have that would benefit the organization? (You can draw from previous jobs or community service work, positions in clubs, courses you've taken, etc.)
  • What do I want to know about this organization that isn't readily available on their website/social media? (This will help you ask a smart question that shows you've done your research.)

Create/Update and Print your resume

  • Create or update your resume with our templates and guides
  • Review your resume at the Resume Station or Job Search Essentials program
  • Print 10-15 copies of your resume to bring to the fair (print in advance for free at the Career Center--the line at the library will be long the day of!)
  • Bring a pen and, if you choose, your business cards

Work on Your Elevator Pitch

When you speak with employers at the fair, you want to prepare a short pitch that sets you apart and quickly summarizes your skills and interest in their organization.

Dress to Impress

  • Check out our guidelines on professional image
  • Try using Polyvore or Pinterest to plan your outfit; you can message it to us via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@aucareercenter) if you have questions!
  • After you decide what to wear, clean and press your outfit in advance

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