Career Fairs and Networking Events

The Engineering Career Resource Center hosts a variety of career related events throughout the year to help students explore career opportunities and connect with employers. All events are free of charge for students to attend. In person events will take place on North Campus.

*Career fair attendance is restricted to U-M Ann Arbor College of Engineering Students, LSA declared Computer Science students, LSA declared Data Science students and recent CoE and LSA CS/DS alumni up to one academic year post graduation. (Alumni interested in participating in virtual events should email [email protected] to request access to events). Some events have additional restrictions.

A career fair is an opportunity for employers and students to meet one another and determine whether there may be a suitable job match in the near or long term. Career Fairs are held throughout the academic year by student organizations
engineering departments, and the ECRC. If you are searching for a summer internship, co-op, or full-time position then you will want to take advantage of the first Engineering-wide fall career fair held in September when the college recruiting cycle kicks off. The fall fair and winter fair, held in January, will draw hundreds of employers and thousands of students, so learning how to navigate the fair experience is essential.


At Michigan Engineering, the recommended attire for Career Fairs is Business Casual.

Michigan Engineering encourages you to present your best-self with a professional, confident and comfortable look at our Career Fairs. Appearing professional doesn’t just mean wearing a suit! Learn more below about business casual styles that still give you the opportunity to make a great impression to recruiters and hiring managers.

The goal is for you to feel confident and authentic in your attire as you navigate the rigors of the career fair while still reflecting your individuality and professional aspirations.

Present Your Best Self
  • Personal Presentation:
    • Hair: Hair should look styled. If you have facial hair, be sure to trim it
    • Scent: Avoid heavily scented colognes, lotions, or perfumes. Consider a subtly scented, or unscented, anti-perspirant/deodorant
    • Make-Up: Simple and natural make-up selections are recommended 
  • Clean & Fitted Clothing
    • Ensure your clothes are washed, in good condition, and wrinkle-free
    • Think about the cut of the fabric you wear: you want something that looks like it fits you well, but that it also comfortable
    • Modest hemlines and necklines are recommended
  • Clothing Selection
    • Take the clothing material into account with regards to the weather, location, and expected crowds; consider lighter weight materials for early fall events and events with large crowds. 
    • Present a coordinated and intentional look
Common Elements of Business Casual Attire
  • Tops:
    • Shirts: Button-down long-sleeve shirts, collared shirts, or blouses
    • Outer Layers / Coats / Jackets (optional): Blazers, sports coat, sweater
  • Bottoms: 
    • Dress pants, such as khakis or slacks (not jeans)
    • Knee length skirts or modest dresses
  • Shoes
    • Professional, yet comfortable
    • Matches / Compliments your outfit
Clothing to Avoid

Do not wear any of the following to a Michigan Engineering Career Fair:

  • Tops: Tank Tops, t-shirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies
  • Bottoms: Shorts, Jeans, Sweat Pants, Track Pants, Leggings, Yoga Pants
  • Shoes: Flip-Flops, slippers
UM Clothing Resources

A list of participating companies and event location will be available within the Events section of Engineering Careers, by 12twenty closer to each event date. See the Career Fair Preparation Resources to prepare for career events.

Fall Engineering Career Fair, hosted by SWE/TBP

  • Monday, September 9, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, September 10, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • For more information, visit

Biomedical Engineering Career Fair

  • Wednesday, September 11, 1-4 PM

Industrial and Operations Engineering Career Fair

  • Wednesday, September 11, 1-4 PM

Electrical and Computer Engineering Career Fair

  • Tuesday, September 17, 1-4 PM

Materials Science and Engineering Career Fair

  • Tuesday, September 24, 10 AM-1 PM

Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair

  • Thursday, September 26, 12:30-4 PM

Virtual Engineering Career Fair

  • Tuesday, October 1, 12-6 PM

Robotics Career Fair

  • Thursday, October 3, 10 AM-2 PM

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Career Fair

  • Friday, October 4, 1-4 PM

A company day is a small-scale career event that allows students and employers to engage in either active recruiting opportunities or networking exchanges that allow for information to be shared. Company Days happen more frequently throughout the academic year.

A list of participating companies and event location will be available within the Events section of Engineering Careers, by 12twenty closer to each event date.

  • Thursday, September 5, 12 – 3 PM
    • This company day will feature ECRC Corporate Partners.
  • Thursday, October 10, 11 AM-2 PM
  • Thursday, October 17, 11 AM-2 PM
  • Wednesday, October 23, 11 AM-2 PM
  • Tuesday, October 29, 11 AM-2 PM

  • Utilize college resources to determine what companies will be attending the fair
  • Determine which companies are looking for you:
    • Position type, major, degree, work authorization status, etc.
  • Create a top-10 list
    • Research each company and possible positions of interest
  • Network! Attend other campus events that companies you are interested in may be hosting prior to or after the fair
  • Be proactive and apply for open positions prior to the fair and mention this in your conversation
  • Have a well-written resume
  • Create a 30-second elevator pitch and practice it!
  • Prepare questions for your companies of interest
  • Plan your professional attire
  • Prepare a folder/portfolio with multiple copies of your resume, notepad, pen, and your list of researched companies
  • Bring a positive attitude, smile, confident handshake, and targeted pitch to each recruiter you meet
  • Convey interest, demonstrate knowledge about the company/position, explore fit, be engaging
  • Be respectful of recruiters’ time before, during, and at the end of the fair
  • Be prepared for long lines
    • Review your research on the company while you wait
  • Take notes on your interactions, including who you spoke with.
  • Request contact information and follow up with a thank-you email after the fair

The information below can help students prepare for in person and virtual events.

An elevator pitch is a short (30-60 second), concise, and memorable introduction. It highlights your strengths and what distinguishes you from others. It provides employers with quality information about who you are, and what you can offer them. When creating your pitch, think carefully about what you want each individual employer to know about you, and how you can help them. After you formulate your pitch, practice it often. The goal is to sound confident, sincere, and engaging, without sounding rehearsed.

  • Include your name, major, and grad date or class level.
  • Highlight your skills, strengths, and experiences.
  • Describe what opportunities you are looking for.
    • Why are you at their table?
  • Tailor your pitch to each company (and situation)!
    • Describe your specific interest in their company.
    • Help the employer see the connection between your background/skills and their company.

Hello, my name is Emma Walters and I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying mechanical engineering. I am seeking an internship in the biomedical industry with a focus on joint mechanics.

I have worked on two complex biomedical engineering projects, which I believe will be an asset for this type of internship. Last year I worked on a student team where we studied the Stryker Triathlon Total Knee Replacement and proposed a design recommendation that reduced bone deterioration within patients.

I am also currently working with Michigan Neuroprosthetics to design a neurologically controlled hand prosthetic to be 3D-printed for use on patients with wrist amputations. These experiences have enhanced my leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, which would be beneficial in a regulatory affairs engineering internship with Zimmer Biomet. Could you tell me more about the internship program?

Please let us know how we can ensure that our events are inclusive to you. Please fill out this form to let us know what accommodations or access needs we can help facilitate at least one week prior to the event.