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Engineering Career Fair

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
1:00–6:00 p.m. (check in 9:00–11:00 in the Atrium)
The Nittany Lion Inn

Note: This event is at capacity and registration is closed.

Held annually, the Engineering Career Fair is the premier engineering spring recruiting event, typically attended by 2,000-2,500 undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Engineering and from engineering majors in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Employer attire is typically business casual, often featuring a company or organization logo. It's advisable to dress in layers, as the venue is often cool in the morning and very warm during the event.

Arrival and Check-In

If you are arriving at The Nittany Lion Inn on the morning of the Fair, pull into the main circle/front entrance driveway (off Park Avenue). There will be student volunteers there to help unload any materials you may have brought with you. Once your exhibition materials are unloaded, proceed to the parking deck next to the hotel. The student volunteers will take your materials to your booth location. Please do not leave your car parked in the front entrance area for an extended period of time.

If you are staying at the Inn the night before the Fair, you may choose to leave your materials in your car overnight, and then pull your car around to the unloading location during the check-in period. Alternatively, you can drop off your materials upon arrival at the Inn and the reception desk staff can hold them for you and (upon request) place them at your booth location the following day.

When you check in, you will receive an information sheet that includes your booth number(s); if you are planning to interview after the fair, you will receive a packet with instructions. If desired, a student volunteer can show you to your designated booth area.

Booth Dimensions and Set-Up

The total space available for each booth is seven feet long by four feet wide (7' x 4'). If you are bringing a booth that is larger than six feet wide, you must buy two booths to accommodate the display. Likewise, if your booth is taller than seven feet high, please notify us, as we will need to place you accordingly (not all rooms at the Inn can accommodate such large displays). 

Unless you have requested other arrangements, your booth will be equipped with one six-foot table, two chairs, and an electrical hook-up. If you think you might need an extension cord for your display, please bring it with you; the Inn is unable to provide extension cords.

Advance Shipping

The Nittany Lion Inn has very limited space to accommodate Engineering Career Fair materials that are shipped in advance of the event; therefore, Inn staff request that you bring as many of your materials with you as possible. If you need to ship materials to the Inn in advance, please note that packages will NOT be accepted before January 15, 2018. Any materials that arrive at the Inn before this date will be returned to you.

To ensure that any pre-shipped materials arrive at the Inn without delay and are waiting for you at your booth on the day of the Fair, please make sure that your company or organization name and the number of packages you have sent are clearly marked on the outside of each box or package (e.g., "ABC Company, 1 of 2"). Address all materials for pre-shipment to:

Engineering Career Fair, [Your Employer Name]
c/o The Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Ave.
State College, PA 16803

Finally, be sure to bring along the tracking numbers you used when you initially shipped your packages to the Inn—in case something is lost, the tracking numbers will help you determine whether or not the package ever actually arrived!—and return labels for your preferred carrier so you can have your remaining materials or items shipped back to your workplace the day after the Fair.

Promotional Materials and Giveaways

You are welcome to provide students attending the Fair with promotional materials or giveaways from your company/organization, featuring your corporate logo or name.

If you are providing a special information sheet or handout to students about your company/organization that has been created specifically for the Fair, you may use Penn State's name or visual identity on the handout in order to communicate that the material relates to your visit to this institution. However, please note that it is against Penn State policy for recruiters to use the University's name or registered symbols on giveaway items (e.g., keychains, pens, drink holders, bags, tension balls, etc.).

If you have any questions about the appropriate use Penn State's name or logo, please contact the Department of University Marketing (814-863-1870).

Meals and Snacks

The Nittany Lion Inn offers a couple of choices if you wish to purchase lunch or dinner on site. Whiskers Pub (open throughout the hours of the Fair) serves sandwiches, salads, and other light meals; the Dining Room at the Inn (open for lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) offers more formal dining options.

The Penn State Room (located inside the Dining Room) and the Mount Nittany Room (located on the ground floor) will both be available for use as employer lounges throughout the Fair. A variety of light snacks and beverages will be provided between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Both rooms will also have wireless Internet access available.

Return Shipping

Employers are responsible for arranging any needed return shipping of materials to their workplace following the Fair. Please bring return shipping labels with you for the carrier of your choice.

Once you have packed up your booth (if applicable) and any remaining Fair materials that you wish to take with you, move them to the Rotunda. Society of Women Engineers (SWE) volunteers can help you, as needed, and will make arrangements to have your materials stored at the Inn overnight. If you have any remaining giveaway materials that you would like to donate to SWE, you can leave them at your booth location and SWE volunteers will collect them.

Shippers may collect all materials from The Nittany Lion Inn the day after the Fair, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; please call your preferred carrier to arrange pickup.


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032