Environmental Internship & Career Fair
At a virtual career fair, you can learn about employers in group sessions or get 1:1 facetime with recruiters—all from your browser or Handshake’s mobile app. Virtual career fairs give you a more curated, efficient experience without having to wait in line. Some students know what they’re looking for and want to pre-plan their day while others want to arrive at the fair and meet with employers of interest. Not only can both of these approaches work in a virtual environment—they’re even more efficient virtually. Instead of plotting out a map of booths and waiting in lines, pre-planners can now browse employers ahead of time and schedule all of their sessions in advance. The day of the fair, students simply log into Handshake to attend their meetings.
For students who aren’t planners, it’s still possible to log onto Handshake to attend the fair on the day of the event and use filters on the fly to find relevant employers with sessions they’d like to attend.
Fields Represented: Biology | Ecology | Environmental Science, Policy & Management | Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology | Food Systems | Forestry | Natural Resource Sciences & Management
Virtual Career Fair Step by Step Guide
Step 1: Register for the Fair
- Go to GoldPASS powered by Handshake and select the Students & Alumni login button. Then log in using your Internet ID and password as you would with any other UMN site.
- To learn how to register read this article on registering for fairs.
Step 2: Update & Complete Your Profile
Set your profile to "community" to have complete access to both 1:1 and group sessions
- Click the photo icon at the right-hand top of the screen on your GoldPASS powered by Handshake homepage, select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown menu. Scroll down to the privacy section and select Community.
- See this article on Changing Student Privacy Settings for additional help.
Complete your profile to qualify for employer 1:1 sessions
- Go Under Education in “My Profile” to edit the following information
- Graduation date (called time period in GoldPASS)
- GPA * (employers can filter on cumulative GPA)
- Go Under the Name & Photo/Photo Placeholder in “My Profile” to edit:
- School Year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, etc)
- Fill out Work Authorization under “Settings & Privacy
Step 3: Sign Up for Sessions
- We encourage you to review all the employers in attendance, but you may also filter this list by industry, job type, major, work authorization, and more to target employers that match your interests
- You’ll be able to sign up for two different types of sessions with employers: Group sessions and 1:1 sessions
- Group sessions will last 30 minutes with up to 50 students to participate in a presentation/Q&A
- 1:1 sessions will be between you and one recruiter and will last 10 minutes
- Need help signing up? Read this article on signing up for sessions
Note: In order to see and qualify for sessions employers have available during the fair, you will want to ensure you’ve completed step 2.
Step 4: Upload a Resume to Your Profile*
- Employers will want to see your resume, and the only way for them to access it is through your profile. Make sure your resume is uploaded to your profile!
- Check out this 1-minute video on how to upload your resume.
*If you are a student who is hoping to explore the fairs and isn’t necessarily looking for job or internship opportunities, you do not need to complete these steps. However, we do highly encourage you to sign up for Group Sessions with employers to learn more about organizations, the work they do, and the opportunities they have for when you're ready to look for an internship or job.
Step 5: Review Additional Materials and Prepare Talking Points
- Review 10 tips you need to know about attending a virtual fair to help you feel prepared.
- See how to prepare for your virtual career fair elevator pitch for tips on how to introduce yourself to employers.
Day of the Fair
- Check out this article on what participating in a virtual fair will be like on the day of.
- Make sure your technology is all set up for the fair and go over the Handshake Video Requirements & Troubleshooting for Students article.
- Interested in signing up for more sessions the day of the fair? See the signing up for sessions article for a reminder on how to do this.
- Need to talk with a Career & Internship Services staff member during the fair? Drop-in to our Career Fair Student Help zoom meeting.
Career Fair Prep Session - February 1, 4:15-5:15pm. Join to learn the best way to prepare for a virtual fair from our staff and get your questions answered
Resume Review Mania - Get your resume reviewed by email in this resume review event on January 29 and February 1-4
Schedule an appointment - Would you like to meet with your career counselor to help prepare?
ATC Group Services
Burns & McDonnell
Camp Fire Minnesota
Capitol Region Watershed District
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
Carver County Water Management
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
City of Eden Prairie
Clean Water Action - Minneapolis
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
Gerten Greenhouse and Garden Center
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Hennepin County - Environment and Energy
Lead for America
Leader Creek Fisheries
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - MN GreenCorps
National Grid Renewables
National Park Service - Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Natural Shore Technologies, Inc.
Pace Analytical - SPS
Peace Corps - Volunteer Recruitment and Selection
Rainbow Tree Company
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
SciTech Internship Program at the Minnesota Technology Association
The Nature Conservancy - TNC MN-ND-SD Chapter
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA - Superior National Forest
Washington Conservation District
Wildlife Management Services
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota
Wildlife Science Center
*Compiled weekly, see GoldPASS for an up-to-date list