Students / Postdocs / Alumni
February 8, 2023 - 11am to 3pm PT
We're happy to announce that registration is now open for the Caltech and Harvey Mudd Winter 2023 Virtual STEM Career Fair on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 11am-3pm PT!
The fair will take place virtually on our new platform called Mudd-Tech Connect, which will be used exclusively for our co-hosted virtual career fairs. Participants will be able to video chat with representatives through the platform and take notes for any follow up.
Students, postdocs, and alums that have a Next Steps Caltech account were granted a Mudd-Tech Connect account and emailed a link to set their password. If you did not get that email, or have trouble logging in, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have a Next Steps Caltech account, please follow the links below to create your account on both platforms:
Mudd-Tech Connect - This is the platform that will be used for our co-hosted virtual career fairs with Harvey Mudd College. Once approved, you can log-in, upload your resume, and register for the fair! Employers are still registering, so check back often for updates.
Next Steps Caltech - This is Caltech's exclusive recruiting platform. You can register for upcoming workshops/events, apply for posted jobs/internships, and request an appointment with our advisors.
Date and details to come (around March, 2023)
Career Fairs are the best opportunity to make connections with recruiters who make hiring decisions. Many firms have summer internships that are a first step to employment in the firm. This is a unique opportunity for you to speak with recruiters face to face and ask questions about their companies and the positions they have available. Come impress the recruiters with your intelligence, experience, and inquisitiveness!
Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars (including JPL postdocs), and alumni are invited to participate, juniors and seniors, are especially encouraged to attend!
Previous Career Fairs:
Fall 2022 SW/DS/F and STEM Career Fair
Please click here for a list of organizations that attended the Fall 2022 Software, Data Science, and Finance Career Fair on September 15, 2022, and the Fall 2022 STEM Career Fair on October 6, 2022.
Spring 2022 STEM Career Fair
Please click here for a list of organizations that attended the Spring 2022 STEM Career Fair on April 7, 2022.
Winter 2022 STEM Career Fair
Please click here to view a list of organizations that attended the Winter 2022 STEM Career Fair on January 27, 2022.
How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair
Career fairs provide a great opportunity to network with employers and learn about potential jobs and internships. The Caltech Career Development Center holds career fairs on campus every fall and winter. You should also be on the lookout for other industry specific fairs in the Los Angeles or other metro areas that you want to relocate to. Industry blogs are one source of these events.
- Research! Find out which employers will be attending, who is hiring and what they are hiring for.
- Dress appropriately.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume (applies to in-person career fairs.)
- Create your elevator pitch.
- Navigate strategically. Determine which employers you most want to speak with and go there first.
- Meet employers with a smile, and make eye contact. Ask for their contact information at the end of your conversation, and take notes about anything you have learned.
- Send thank-you notes to the recruiters of the companies you were most interested in within a few days.
- Continue informational interviewing, while also checking job and internship listings.
- Visit the Career Development Center with any questions.
If you are interested in careers outside of academia, the Career Fair is a great way to learn more about your options (at any point in your graduate training.)
It is never too early to start networking with employers. Even if you are not looking for employment at this time, you can still ask recruiters questions about the company, learn tips about their hiring process, find out about their employment opportunities and benefits, and get a sense if such positions are appealing to you. You have spent many years on your graduate education and the more exploring you do, the easier it will be to find something that suits your skills and interests.
You can also use this opportunity to ask about internships. Please confer with your option/division/research advisor to determine if it is possible to take time off (in the summer or academic year) during your graduate work in order to accept an internship.