Career Fairs

Need a job after graduation, an internship, or part-time work while in school?
Talk to employers at our virtual or in-person career fairs about jobs for you.

Upcoming fairs

Social Work Industry Day

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Wayne State University School of Social Work

Engineering & Computer Science Career Fair - in-person

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Wayne State University Student Center Building, Ballroom, Detroit, MI

School of Business Career Fair - in-person

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Mike Ilitch School of Business, Skywall Rooms

Career Service All-Majors Virtual Career Fair

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration, location, and details: On Handshake 
Open to students from any major. 

Career Service All-Majors In-Person Career Fair

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location and details: 2nd floor, Student Center Building - Details & registration - Handshake
Open to students from any major. 

Virtual career fairs vs. in-person career fairs

Virtual fairs: These video-chat recruiting events coordinated and held on Handshake allow students to sign up for 10-minute, 1:1 virtual meetings or virtual group sessions with employers. Talk with employers via your personal device about full-time, internship, and part-time paid job opportunities. 

You must sign up for INDIVIDUAL 1:1 SESSIONS or GROUP SESSIONS on Handshake to participate!

  • Sign up for 10-minute INDIVIDUAL 1:1 SESSIONs to video chat with a recruiter about working at the company.
  • Sign up for a virtual GROUP SESSION for a presentation to learn about the company and their jobs.

In-person fairs: These in-person recruiting events allow students to meet face-to-face with employers at a specific location on campus. Bring your resume (hardcopy and on your phone) to the events and discuss full-time, internship, and part-time paid job opportunities with hiring recruiters. Each employer will have a booth you can visit to talk with recruiters about the available opportunities.

Step-by-step instructions

Virtual fairs listed on Handshake

Step 1. Download the Handshake mobile app or access Handshake on your computer at

App Store Google Play


Step 2: Log into Handshake (use your WSU Access ID and password) and review the companies attending and their jobs.

  • Click on Events (mobile) or All Events (computer).
  • Click on the name of the virtual career fair you'd like to participate in — this will open the fair's overview page.
  • Click on the Career Fair Details tab under the fair's name, date, and time.

     IMPORTANT NOTE: Right under the name, date, and time of the fair, there are three tabs:

  1. CAREER FAIR DETAILS -the default tab that loads the fair details and lists the employers attending. Click on the employer's name for their available jobs and company information. 
  2. AVAILABLE SESSIONS - click this tab to review available employer sessions and select time spots.
  3. YOUR SCHEDULE OR SESSIONS - once you've signed up for at least one session, this is where the session details are listed (and how you'll join the session when it starts).

Step 3. Sign up for sessions with employers

  1. Click on All Sessions (Mobile App) or Available Sessions (computer). This will list all the companies and their sessions.
  2. Find the company you'd like to talk with.
  3. Click on 1:1 Session or Group Session under that company name.
  4. Select a time that works with your schedule.

Do this for each company you want to talk with. You should be able to see the sessions you signed up for under Your Sessions.

Step 4: Talk to the employers on the day of the fair.

  • Log into Handshake at the time you signed up to speak with employers.
  • Go to Events and click on the virtual Fair.
  • Go to Your Sessions and click on the session when it starts.
  • This is where you video chat 1:1 with the employer or connect for the group session!

In-person fairs listed on Handshake

Step 1 . Download the Handshake mobile app

App Store Google Play


 Step 2. Register for the fair

  • Go into the Handshake mobile app
  • Go to EVENTS.
  • Select the career fair you want to attend.
  • Click on REGISTER.
  • Review the companies attending.
  • On the date of the event, go to the specified location with your resume.
  • Go to each table of the employers that you are targeting and give your elevator pitch to start a conversation and learn about available jobs and internships.

Pro tip: Save a PDF copy on your phone and bring hard copies of your resume to give to the companies you want to speak with.


Mock interviews are a great way to prepare for career fairs. Sign up to practice talking to employers before the Career Fairs. They will give you tips to succeed! 
Career Services Virtual Mock Interview Program.

Career Fair Resouces for Success provides information on elevator pitches, what to expect at in-person fairs, tips on navigating virtual fairs on Handshake, and more!

Big Interview is a great way to practice answering employer questions. This tool can help you formulate an introduction about yourself to use when approaching employers at career fairs. NOTE: Log in with your WSU Access ID and password.

Career Fair Questions? Contact Career Services at 313-577-3390 or email Susan Crowley at