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Engineering Reverse Career Fair

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Boardroom and Faculty Staff Club, The Nittany Lion Inn

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike other Engineering Career Week events, this event is not open to the general engineering student population. 

The Engineering Reverse Career Fair gives employers the opportunity to meet talented leaders from student organizations in the Colleges of Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences, as well as faculty and staff representing research centers and diverse programs. In a reversal of the traditional career fair environment, the student leaders and faculty/staff representatives will staff booths and employers will stop by to learn more about these organizations, centers, and programs. 

There is no cost for student organization members, faculty, or staff. Note: Registration for this event is now closed.

You are encouraged to wear either business casual attire or clothing featuring the name or logo of your group.

A wide spectrum of employers attend this event, spanning many industries, with interests in hiring students from and/or collaborating with groups representing a variety of majors within the Colleges of Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences. A listing of participating employers will be provided at least two weeks prior to the event.

Employers will be allowed into the venue starting at 1:00 p.m. At check-in, they will be given a map of the venue to help them find groups of interest. They will also have had access to a searchable database of participating groups in advance of the event, so they may arrive already seeking certain groups.

Preparation and Materials

Participants should put together an attractive display (e.g., display board or poster) representing your organization, center, or program. The name of your group should be clearly visible at a glance. You may also choose to bring a laptop if you would like to show a video or have employers sign up for a mailing list or listserv.

Bring business cards, brochures (if available), and information about employer engagement opportunities; student organizations may provide résumé CDs, if desired (contact Kim Fox for details about how to comply with Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations), and employer sponsorship packets, including information about how employers can engage with the group.

Since some employers may want to provide funding (especially for student organizations), it would also be appropriate to have information available about how to do so. To avoid any possible embarrassment, student organization representatives should research in advance the employers that have registered to attend and determine whether or not any of those employers have recently provided financial support.

Please plan to have at least two representatives from your group present throughout the event. Student organizations that welcome members from a wide variety of majors should plan to have additional representatives available.


Faculty or staff members may park in The Nittany Lion Inn Parking Deck (on Fischer Road).

There is no student parking available at The Nittany Lion Inn; however, students may park briefly in the main circle/front entrance driveway (off Park Avenue) while unloading display materials, if necessary.

Setup and Tear-Down

Each represented group will have access to one assigned table (six feet by two feet) and two chairs. A tablecloth will be provided; however, if you have a tablecloth featuring the name or logo of your group, you may bring it with you.

The event rooms will be open for set-up at 11:00 a.m.; please plan to have your booth set up prior to 12:45 p.m. A representative from Career Resources & Employer Relations will be available for any questions or setup needs during this timeframe. Students: If you need to go to class once your booth is set up, you may leave but you (or someone from your organization) should plan to be back by 12:45 at the latest. The rooms will be secured so that your materials are safe.

Please remove all materials by 5:00 p.m. If you have a lot of items to take with you, you may park temporarily in front of the Inn entrance while you load up your car.


Drinks will be provided throughout the event. Feel free to bring snacks, if desired.

During the Event

The Engineering Reverse Career Fair offers a great opportunity to inform employers about your organization, center, or program. For this reason, it's important that all representatives at this event be knowledgeable about the mission and demographics of their group, how communication happens within the group, the timeline of annual or semester events hosted by the group (if applicable), and how employers can best partner with the group (e.g., provide time, talent, or funds).

In order to make the best impression, it's also critical to reach out and be proactive in engaging employers as they approach your booth. Provide business cards and sponsorship packets to all interested employers. Be sure to take employer business cards and keep a record of who you talked to (and from which companies!) and what you talked about in order to facilitate follow-up after the event.


Be sure to follow up with employers by email within a week of this event, reference any discussions you had, and provide action items for next steps.


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032