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Early Talent & Internship Fair

The Early Talent & Internship Fair takes place May 25 from 1 - 4 p.m. Eastern. The fair is open to students and alumni from American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and University of Maryland - College Park. 

Learn more about preparing for and attending virtual fairs. 

How to Prepare for Virtual Fairs

Watch Prep Event Webinars

Before each of our job and internship fairs, we host webinars on how to prepares. Review the webinar recordings to learn about virtual Handshake fairs, resumes, and crafting an elevator pitch. 

Make Your Handshake Profile Fair Ready

Virtual job fairs on Handshake allow employers to meet with you in group sessions or one-on-ones. While you can sign up for group sessions up to one minute before the start time, we recommend planning ahead and signing up early! Once a session has started, you'll be unable to sign up for it.

Decide which employers you want to talk to, pre-schedule your one-on-ones and group sessions, research organizations, and plan what questions you'll ask.

You'll also want to make time to work on your Handshake profile. Pay attention to the following settings:  

  • Privacy - Read carefully to understand how your privacy settings in Handshake will affect your ability to participate in the fair. Your privacy is important to us.

    • To register for fair sessions or meetings, your Handshake privacy settings must be set to either Community or Employer.
    • The Community setting provides full fair participation by letting you register for group sessions and one-on-one meetings. It also makes your profile visible to employers, students, and alumni across all Handshake colleges and universities.
    • The Employer setting provides partial fair participation by letting you register for one-on-one sessions only. It also makes your profile visible to all employers in Handshake. Students and alumni at other Handshake colleges and universities cannot see your profile.
    • Students cannot register for the fair with the Private setting selected. However, students who prefer this setting can easily re-select it at the conclusion of the fair.
    • Employers participating in the fair cannot access a broad list of participants. They can only access lists of students who interact with them directly during the fair.
  • GPA - Employers may set a GPA requirement for one-on-one sessions. Consider adding your cumulative GPA to your Handshake profile to maximize your eligibility for one-on-one sessions. First-year students, use your most recent high school or undergrad GPA. Update your GPA under Profile > Education. 

  • Work authorization  - When registering for sessions, you may have to answer questions about work authorization. Regardless of how you answer, you'll be able to participate in the fair.

  • Review Handshake's guides to attending a virtual fair, signing up for & managing virtual fair sessions, participating in a virtual fair, and the platform's video requirements

Create/Update your resume

  • Create or update your resume with our templates and guides. Upload a resume to your Handshake profile, then click the "Feature on Profile" button to make the document public. When you sign up for sessions, employers will be able to see your profile. 
  • As back up, consider saving your resume to Google Drive or a similar platform. Have the link ready to share with employers during one-on-one sessions at the fair. 
  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor for a resume review (AU students and alumni only) 
  • Review our Resumes 101 webinar.
  • Can't attend an employer session during the fair? Share your resume by adding it to an employer's resume drop by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 28. Resume drops are open to AU students and alumni.

Work on Your Elevator Pitch

When you speak with employers at the fair, you want to give a short pitch that sets you apart and quickly summarizes your skills and interest in their organization.

Review our Craft Your Elevator Pitch webinar. You can also practice your pitch using Big Interview (Handshake log-in required). 

Plan to Be Seen and Heard

We recommend dressing professionally for Handshake virtual fairs. One-on-one sessions will have the option for Handshake video. Dressing as if you were attending an in-person fair will also help you feel more confident. 

  • Check out our guidelines on professional image
  • Plan your outfit in advance; you can always message it to us via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@aucareercenter), or email us if you have questions!
  • Think about where you'll be during the fair and what your background will look like. Unlike Zoom, Handshake will not allow you to choose a background image. 
  • If possible, try to find a quiet space to attend the fair to minimize interruptions