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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 2018

Tuesday, February 27 - 9-3pm: Employers and candidates meet at the booths while simultaneously allowing interviewing for either job or internship candidates until 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 28 -  8-5pm: The entire day will be exclusively for interviews.

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

Pre-Registration REQUIRED online by Monday, February 19th.  Registration for the fair is $10. The fee for the bus is an additional $5. You will have until noon on Friday, February 23rd to cancel OR change your registration without being billed. (financial assistance available upon request based on financial need)

Registration deadline was: Monday, Feb. 19th


General Preparation Information:

Here is a document that will help you prepare for the fair.

Mandatory Prep Session: TBD; 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 


Who Can Attend?

All students attending the job fair are invited to attend. Preregistration for the roundtable sessions is now available by downloading the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair app, found in the Mac App Store and Google Play stores or at Once you are in the app, click on the top right menu button and select “Sign in". Once you create your account with any email or social media accounts listed, navigate to the "Job Fair Schedule" icon. On the bottom of each roundtable session, click “Register for this session” for each session you want to register for. Please note that space is limited. Don’t miss this chance to learn about some of the potential professional opportunities waiting for you.

Room:  M101 A/B
9:00 a.m.

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Room: M100 A/B
11:00 a.m.

(Scientific Lab)

Science Connect: Exploring Science Careers through Alumni and Employer Roundtables

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Room: M101 A/B
12:00 p.m.

Jobs and Internships for International Students

Hear advice and tips from international alumni from the private colleges on how they navigated searching for internships and jobs in the U.S.

Room: M100 A/B
1:00 p.m.


Science Connect: Exploring Science Careers through Alumni and Employer Roundtables

Interested in learning more about where your liberal arts degree can take you in the clinical/healthcare field? Join alumni and local employers for an hour of illuminating roundtable discussions.


Room: M101 C
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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1 Why Attend the Fair

1 Why Attend the Fair 

2 What Employers Expect

3 How To Prepare

3 How To Prepare 

4 What To Expect

5 How To Speak To Employers

5 How To Speak To Employers 

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Research & Development

R & D 

StarTribune Job Fair Article

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This page was last updated on 13 December 2017