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Minnesota's Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair

The Minnesota Private College Council has sponsored their annual Job and Internship Fair for 35 years. Over 280 employers and 2,000 candidates attend the job fair annually. Employers from Applied Health & Science, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering/Technology, Government, and Social Services & Non-profit are seeking to hire.

  • Click here for a full list of registered employers NOTE: (employers will continue to register until the fair date).

Schedule for 2017

Wednesday, February 22 - 9-3pm: Employers and candidates meet at the booths while simultaneously allowing interviewing for either job or internship candidates until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, February 23 -  8-5pm: The entire day will be exclusively for interviews.

A bus to and from the Fair will be provided on Wednesday only. The bus will leave Willis at 8am and will leave the Convention center at 1pm.

Pre-Registration REQUIRED online by Tuesday, February 14th.  Registration for the fair is $10. The fee for the bus is an additional $5. You will have until noon on Monday, February 20th to cancel OR change your registration without being billed. (financial assistance available upon request based on financial need)

Registration deadline is: Tuesday, Feb. 14th

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!      No on-site registration.     No exceptions.


Information Session: Tuesday, January 26th | 12pm | Leighton 304, Pizza provided

General Preparation Information: Here is a document that will help you prepare for the fair.

Mandatory Prep Session: Thursday, February 16th; 12pm OR 4:30pm, Leighton 304 - pizza provided
** Attendance required at one of the sessions to attend the fair **
Fine tune your "benefit pitch", strategize the list of employers you want to talk to, take advantage of the person in line in front of you, think outside of the box for positions employers are recruiting for, and be prepared for the day (dress, resumes, interviews, etc.)

For more information, visit the MPCC Job Fair website and watch the videos on the right side of this page.

Students attending the Job Fair will have the opportunity to network with employers who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with graduates. Employers who will be present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. 

Upload your resume and contact employers before the fair to potentially schedule a pre-arranged interview.

Quotes from past participants:

"My junior year I went through all of the companies that would be attending and applied to the positions that interested me. So, even before attending the fair, I had several interviews already set up – which made the day much more productive than it would have been otherwise." - Anna Versen '14

"Best part of the fair was getting experience having conversations with potential employers. Learning how to listen and ask meaningful questions is huge. If you make it a natural conversation, and express genuine interest, it will go well! " - Colby Seyferth '15

"I owe my first gig to the Minnesota Private Colleges Job Fair." - Daniel Callahan ’08

"My advice to anyone going would be to keep an open mind in their thinking about what companies to talk to. There are a lot of possibilities out there." - David Niles '02 

Special Events (from 2016):


Interested in learning more about where your liberal arts degree can take you in the blossoming fields of biomedical/medical device, pharmaceutical science, biotech, R & D, and clinical/healthcare? Join alumni and local employers for an hour of illuminating roundtable discussions. (click on image below to expand size)

Room M100J (Mezzanine level).

8:30am: Healthcare/Clinical

Chad Thomas - Territory Sales Manager @ Salter Labs
Jennifer Getter - Client Operations Manager @ St. Paul Radiology
Alexia Hansen - Manager of Laboratory Services @ Minnesota Oncology 
Joy Frestedt - Owner @ Frestedt Inc.
Tara Anderson - Clinical Manager, Clinical Technician Services & Cardiovascular Monitoring Technician @ SpecialtyCare Mpls.
Kristen Mueller - Quality Safety Analyst @ Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN

12:30pm: Scientific/Lab

​Margot Branigan​ - Research Chemist @ 3M
Christine Erickson - Regulatory Affairs Specialist - Cardiovascular @ Boston Scientific
Grace Flinsch - Research Associate @ R&D Systems, a bio-techne brand
Patricia Sanft - Senior Chemist @ H.B. Fuller Company
Robert Hokanson - Principal Clinical Research Scientist @ Medtronic, Inc.
Marin Krause - Senior R&D Technician @ General Mills
Kurt Casby - Director, Mechanical Device Engineering @ Medtronic, Inc.

2016 Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Science Connect


Consultants come from all majors and all academic disciplines. Learn about the varied world of consulting – the major employers, what the work is like, and the qualifications. These will be interactive sessions where professionals will rotate between roundtables for an hour. Students will learn about and connect with multiple consulting employers. Bring your questions!


Hear advice and tips from international alumni from the private colleges (note that Varsha is an ’08 Carleton grad who majored in Mathematics & Philosophy) on how they navigated searching for internships and jobs in the U.S. (click on image below to expand size)

2016 Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship International Student Panel 

For times and locations, click here.



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1 Why Attend the Fair

1 Why Attend the Fair 

2 What Employers Expect

 2 What Employers Expect

3 How To Prepare

3 How To Prepare 

4 What To Expect

4 What To Expect 

5 How To Speak To Employers

5 How To Speak To Employers 

Laboratory Work


Research & Development

R & D 

StarTribune Job Fair Article

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This page was last updated on 13 January 2017