IUP Spring Career Fair

  • Spring 2019 Career Fair. Be the early bird in your search for a career or internship!Wednesday, February 26, 2020*

    Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    Employers | Sponsorship | Students | Student Volunteer Opportunity | Inclement Weather Policy


    The IUP Spring 2020 Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to explore jobs and internship opportunities in numerous fields. The fair is open to employers seeking students from any of IUP’s more than 175 academic majors and certificate programs for full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship employment.

    Employer Registration (online credit card and e-check payment)*

    *If you prefer to be invoiced, please fill out the form on the link above up to the point where payment information would normally be submitted, then do a screenshot and send to jans@iup.edu as an attachment. You will then be sent an invoice.

    Career Fair Sponsorship Opportunities

    Increase your brand recognition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Expand your organization’s visibility with IUP students, alumni, faculty and staff, and support the Career and Professional Development Center’s efforts to provide quality services by becoming a sponsor. There are three levels of sponsorship from which to choose. Thank you for your continued support!

    Platinum Sponsor: $1,000 (limited to one employer)


    • Registration for the Spring Career Fair
    • Priority booth location
    • Priority parking
    • Advertisement in print materials and social media
    • Jumbotron advertising

    Crimson Sponsors: $500


    • Priority booth location
    • Priority parking
    • Acknowledgement in print materials and social media
    • Jumbotron advertising

    Grey Sponsors: $250


    • Priority booth location
    • Acknowledgement in print materials and social media
    • Jumbotron advertising


    Dress: Business or Business Casual

    Your meeting with company representatives at the fair is your first impression to the rest of the company. If you do not impress them the first time you meet, you may not get a second chance. Plan in advance what you are going to wear, and be sure everything is neat, clean, and pressed. Simple and conservative attire is usually best.

    Update Your Résumé

    Before the fair, review your résumé. Is it attractive and error free? Does it sell your skills to the company representative? Is it targeted to the type of employment you are currently seeking? Bring a couple dozen professional-quality copies with you to the fair.

    For more on résumés, see our résumé section.

    Practice What You Will Say

    There are a few basic questions you will probably be asked all day. If you do not have an answer ready for this question, you will not look prepared. Here is a prime example:

    “What type of job are you looking for?”

    Although it may be partly true, do not say you will take any job they have. Commit to a specific type of job such as customer service support, clerical assistant, accounting clerk, welder, etc. If you do not want to be specific, offer your experience.

    “I have skills in sales, marketing, and advertising, and I am interested in opportunities with your company.”

    Be Prepared to Discuss Anything

    You might be asked to describe your strength and skills, experience, special training, or qualifications for a specific job. Someone might ask you why you left your previous job or why you are looking for a career change. If you are prepared to field a variety of questions, your tact and skill will show you as a superior candidate.

    Career Fair Student Volunteer Opportunities

    Get involved with the Career and Professional Development Center and develop a number of transferable skills that can be applied not only to a student organization, but also to the workplace. Volunteer to help at the CPDC career fairs! Service includes:

    Employer Support and Hospitality

    Get employers at registration tables and assist them with locating their table, or help them with various tasks during the fair. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one time with employers, while gaining customer service skills.

    Student Support

    Greet students during check-in, answer logistical questions such as where employers are located by using our career fair app and distribute handouts. Learn how to work well with, and relate to, different types of individuals while building teamwork and communication skills.


    Help set-up and take-down fairs; assist employers, students and staff throughout the fair. This is an opportunity to build leadership skills and strengthen your professional network.


    Post about fairs on your Registered Student Organization's social media pages (see links in page footer). This is a great way to develop or enhance current marketing and public relations skills.

    Enjoy the Benefits of Volunteering

    By volunteering at career fairs, recognized student organizations will get added exposure to employers attending the events, and earn service hours for their members. Personally, volunteers will gain professional development experience and the transferable skills that employers seek in candidates. Best of all, members who volunteer will network with employers before and during the fair, which may possibly lead to an internship or job opportunity.

    Interested in Volunteering? Contact us at career-development@iup.edu.

    *Career Event Inclement Weather Policy

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As such, the decision to cancel classes, close the university, and/or cancel or postpone IUP-sponsored programs or activities is based on the overall concern for the safety and security of the university community. In general, however, IUP’s practice is to remain open and to conduct business as usual during periods of inclement weather, except as noted in the University’s Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures.

    Career fairs and/or networking events will be cancelled only if inclement weather conditions arise or be anticipated that would make it unsafe to continue the non-essential operations of the university, resulting in the president electing to close the university (i.e., cancel all classes and suspend all non-essential operations).

    If the university remains open, the career fair and/or networking event will continue to be held. Although caution is advised, attendance at the career events will be up to the discretion of the attendee. The Career and Professional Development Center will not be responsible for ensuring that employers or candidates will attend.

    Please note: Any posting by companies where the student must give “parties” or do in-home demonstrations, provided that the products are generally tasteful household or personal care/fashion related products, will be approved for job postings, but with no access given to résumés. Distasteful (i.e., might reflect negatively on IUP or department stakeholders) services/products will not be approved for posting or registering for career fairs.

    For information, please contact Jan Shellenbarger at 724-357-2235 or jans@iup.edu.