Where is the job fair held in the Convention Center?
The job fair is held in Exhibit Hall A that is two levels below the street level. You can take the escalators or elevator down to the lower level.
Where do I unload my materials?
If you are dropping off displays or materials for the Job Fair, there are two options for unloading at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Materials can only be dropped off on Friday, February 24, after 8:30 a.m.
- Unloading in the Lower Level: To unload your materials on the lower level ramp, stop next to the marshalling guard station which is located off of 16th Street on the right. Let the guard know that you are dropping off materials for the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair. The marshalling guard will give you a pass to allow your vehicle into the lower level to unload for up to 30 minutes. You will be entering the Convention Center in the back of Exhibit Hall A. After unloading, drive back up the ramp and park on the street level in one of the parking ramps available near the Convention Center.
- Unloading – Street Level: We will have courtesy staff/student workers available to assist you. To unload your materials on the street level, pull into the curved unloading access road that is off 2ndAvenue and drive almost to the end of the access road (near Ballroom A/B). Park next to the curb on the access road and look for student workers that will be there to assist you. After unloading, park in one of the parking ramps available near the Convention Center.
When should I set up and take down my booth?
Employer setup starts at 8:30 a.m., and the job fair opens at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. We ask all employers to be at their booths ready to talk with students/alumni between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. The fair is promoted to students between these hours and many students can not arrive until the end of the event due to other commitments. We ask all employers to avoid leaving the fair prior to 4:00 p.m.
How do I check in onsite?
Every rep attending the job fair must check in at the Employer Registration desk outside of Exhibit Hall A and complete a name badge. We do not need rep names in advance. Reps are asked to wear their fair name badge at all times so that career services volunteers and students/alumni know that they are authorized attendees of the fair.
How many reps can I have at my exhibit booth?
We allow up to 5 reps per 10’ X 10’ exhibit booth. If you are bringing more reps, you will need to purchase a second exhibit booth.
What is included in my exhibit booth?
- 10’ X 10’ draped exhibit booth
- 6’ draped table
- 2 chairs
- 11” X 17” organization name sign and booth number
- 2 lunch/refreshment tickets
How do I purchase more lunch tickets?
Up to 2 lunch tickets are included in your registration. You may purchase additional lunch tickets when you register online. If you need additional lunch tickets after you register you can email Brenton Rice at email@example.com to add additional lunch tickets at $25 each and we will send you an invoice. Lunch tickets may also be purchased at the job fair until 10:30 a.m. via credit card or cash only.
Where should I park?
There are many parking ramps surrounding the Minneapolis Convention Center. To find one, click HERE and scroll down to PARKING to find a ramp. Employers are responsible for their own parking costs.
Am I allowed to ship materials to the job fair?
Direct shipments to the Convention Center are strongly discouraged, as the Convention Center does not accept direct shipments. You can ship your materials prior to the fair however through the job fair decorator GES. Click HERE to find the shipping information and forms.
What is the last day to cancel my registration?
The deadline for cancelling your registration is February 3, to receive a refund.
How do I pay for the job fair registration?
After registering online, you can print your invoice and follow the directions for payment by credit card or check. If you haven’t paid by credit card, you will be emailed an invoice. ALL INVOICES are due by February 3.Credit card payments are encouraged to immediately guarantee your space. If paying by check, we must receive your payment prior to confirming your registration and reserving your organization's booth. Submitted registrations will remain in "pending" status until a payment has been received. Space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis after payment has been received.
Is food provided at the fair?
Coffee, water, tea, fruit, and pastries are available during the employer setup starting at 7:30 a.m. A catered lunch is provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the number of reps listed on your job fair registration form. Vegetarian options are available.
How do I request electricity, carpet or make changes to my registration?
If you need to make any changes after you have registered, you can email Brenton Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org with your changes. If you request electricity, bring your own extension cord to the fair to plug into the outlet.
Is there a coat check available?
There will be a complimentary coat check available on the mezannine floor before you take the escalators to the lower level.
I need a hotel room - where can I stay?
A block of rooms have been reserved at a group rate of $112 per room at the Hilton Minneapolis which is connected via skyway to the Convention Center. To reserve a hotel room, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SJU or call 612.376.1000 or 888.933.5363 and ask for the code SJU for the University of Minnesota group rate. Reservations must be made by January 18, 2017 to receive the rate.
Can I interview at the fair?
An interview room is available adjacent to Exhibit Hall A. You may reserve interview booths for $25, which includes a 6’ X 6’ curtained area with a small table and two chairs. You may schedule interviews at the Fair between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the interview area or 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at your booth.
You are responsible for scheduling candidates and your interview schedule. Interviews can still be arranged the day of the fair. Employers are asked to schedule 30-minute interviews on the half-hour. This will help both employers and students avoid conflicts in their schedules. You may also conduct interviews at your exhibit booth.
What students are allowed to attend the fair?
The job fair is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses. Freshmen are encouraged to attend the job fair to find internship and volunteer opportunities, and to gain experience networking with employers. Only University of Minnesota current students (undergraduate and graduate) in degree-seeking programs and recent alumni can attend the fair. We request any meetings with candidates from other schools outside of the University of Minnesota system to be conducted outside of the fair space.
Do I need to send the rep names in advance of the job fair?
We do not need to know the rep names in advance of the job fair. Reps will complete a name badge onsite, and are asked to wear their fair name badge at all times so that career services volunteers and students/alumni know that they are authorized attendees of the fair.
Is there free WiFi at the job fair?
There will be complimentary WiFi avalable at the job fair.
Where do I find my exhibit booth number?
The job fair committee will assign exhibit booths the first week in February. Select the Booth Layout and Assignments link on the left side bar menu. Booth assignments will also be included in the final confirmation email sent in February.
Can I view student resumes prior to the job fair?
Yes. To view resumes, CLICK HERE to login to your GoldPASS account.
Can I hire international students who don't have long-term authorization to work in the U.S.?
Yes. Hiring most University of Minnesota international students can be quick, easy and inexpensive:
- For an internship you need only provide an offer of internship employment-- no government filings, no expense! The student files paperwork with the University and can be authorized to work within 7 working days.
- For a Full-time, post-graduation position, you need only provide an offer of employment; the student files for authorization with the University which will allow them to work for at least 12 months and as many as 29 months (based on position and students’ major)-- no government filings, no expense.
Beyond the first 12-29 months, you can continue to employ that international candidate by sponsoring an H1-b visa and/or permanent residence visa with U.S. Immigration Services. These visas do require filing paperwork with the government, filing fees, and usually legal fees (total expense usually between $2 and $6K).
- Click HERE for a more complete explanation about hiring international students from the University of Minnesota.