Engineering Career Services and Engineering Council (EXPO) have joined forces to bring you one combined Engineering Career Fair hosting one of the largest career fairs in the country and certainly the largest hosted at the University of Illinois. Employers may choose to attend one or two days with the ability to recruit all Engineering majors and connect with our top talent at Illinois!
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The world’s top companies are drawn to Illinois because of our global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education. The Illinois environment offers a distinctive combination of the brightest people and a unique culture of collaboration and innovation. Illinois Engineering hosts over 200 companies with over 3,500 students in attendance at our spring fairs and over 400 companies and 7000 students at our fall fairs. One of the many reasons why you should attend the Illinois Engineering Career Fairs and connect with top talent at Illinois.
Career Fair Location
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC): 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Complimentary parking for the career fair is provided for all recruiters in Lot E14 on the corner of First Street & Kirby Avenue. A shuttle will transport recruiters from E14 to the ARC approximately every 10 minutes.
To drop off packages, please pull up to the marked spaces in directly in front of the ARC and volunteers will assist with unloading. You may then park in E14.
Engineering Career Services will not be responsible for any tickets or tows received for parking in an incorrect space.
Metered parking is available on the street at a cost of $1.00 per hour and is at the expense of the recruiter – not Engineering Career Services.
Career Fair Schedule (September 10-11, 2019)
|10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Shuttle Service from E-14 to ARC
(Shuttle runs every 10 – 15 minutes)
|10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Arrival and Set – Up|
|10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Recruiter Lunch|
|12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Career Fair Open to Students|
|6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Tear-Down and Shuttle Service Departures
(Shuttle runs every 10 – 15 minutes until 7:00 p.m.)
Career Fair Registration Contact Information
The Engineering Career Services team at email@example.com or phone at (217) 333-1960.
Registration Dates & Deadlines
|Registration Opens in Handshake for Career Partners & Corporate Connection Members||April 29, 2019 10:00 AM CST|
|Career Fair Opens in Handshake for Regular Registration||May 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST|
|Career Fair Cancellation Deadline (No refunds after this date)||Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST|
|Best Expo Shipping Order Form Submission and Payment Deadline||TBD|
We offer employers the following booth accommodations which include lunch, electricity, wireless internet access, parking and shuttle services:
Standard Registration ($700)
Employers purchasing this option will have use of an 8’D x 8’W booth with piped drapes, one 6’x3’ table, and reservations for up to two representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks. Reservations for two additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Two Table Option ($1400)
Employers purchasing this option will have the use of two adjoining 8’ x 8’ booths with piped drapes, two 6’x3’ tables, and reservations for 4 representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks. Reservations for 4 additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Deluxe Booth Option ($2800)
This package provides an exclusive booth space to build your company’s brand while engaging with students. Employers purchasing this option will enjoy the use of four 6’x3’ tables to accommodate up to 16 representatives. Reservation requests for up to four additional representatives can be purchased for a cost of $50 per person with a limit of 20 total representatives per deluxe booth. (Government/Non-Profit Employers will receive one table at $325. Career Partner/Corporate Connection member discounts will be applied to invoice.)
Government & Non-Profit Registration ($350)*
*Discounted rate applies to one table only. Any additional tables will be charged Standard Registration rates. Employers purchasing this option will have use of an 8’D x 8’W booth with piped drapes, one 6’x3’ table, and reservations for up to two representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks . Reservations for two additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Payment must be received before Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST.
After submitting your registration in Handshake @ Illinois, you will receive an email with a copy of your invoice with a link to pay by credit card. If paying by check, make check payable to University of Illinois and mail to:
Engineering Career Services
Attn: Career Fair
3270 Digital Computer Lab
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Cancellation & Refund
To receive a full refund, cancellation or reduction of registered representatives, notice must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST. Cancellations received after Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST will not receive a refund nor will credit be assigned for transfer of registration fees for future events. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, other acts of nature or circumstances that beyond our control.
Registrations not cancelled by Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST and No Shows will be charged the full amount due.
Employers may substitute representatives attending the fair, but the total representatives present at a booth at one time should never exceed total amount registered.
Shipping Materials to the Career Fair
Advance shipping of your booth exhibit materials to the Best Expo Warehouse is required. Best Expo will handle inbound materials for the fair. Please download this form* (downloadable form will be available soon) and make sure to read all instructions carefully.
We will schedule a FedEx Express (Note: Not FedEx Ground) pick up the morning after each day of the career fair. Recruiters must ensure that all materials have been boxed and securely sealed with properly completed labels attached, and delivered to assigned package drop off within the ARC. Return Shipping Labels should be completed with “Your Company Name, ARC, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820” in the “From” section of the address label.
We are not responsible for unlabeled or improperly labeled packages.
NOTE: Companies using carriers other than FedEx Express must make their own arrangements for return shipping by directly calling their carrier and receiving a confirmation and tracking number.
Day of Career Fair Display & Supply Drop Off
Upon arrival the morning of the fair, our student volunteers will be available to assist you with material drop off. For drop-off assistance, please go to the signed “Drop Off” area in front of the ARC, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820.
Discount Accommodations have been secured in:
Illini Union – Discounted rate of $109 plus tax Queen or King for up to 2 people. Please use Group Booking Code: EngFall19 when registering online at http://union.illinois.edu/stay/illini-union-hotel. Click on “Book Now” located upper left of page. Fill in dates and other information. Click on the circle of the “Group Booking Code” and enter code. To make reservations by phone, call 217-333-1241 and give code.
I-Hotel – Discounted rate of $139 Deluxe King Room valid if booked through 8/10/2019 and available. Please use Group Booking Code Engineering Career Fair ECSF2019 when calling 217-819-5000 or please CLICK HERE to book directly.
The “Visit Champaign County” website (http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org) has detailed information related traveling in Champaign-Urbana, including information related to hotels/lodging, and restaurants to visit while on campus.
Parking & Shuttle Service
Complimentary parking for the career fair is provided for all recruiters in University of Illinois Lot E-14 (http://www.parking.illinois.edu/visitors/campus-maps/campus-parking-map/map1-4), located at the corner of First Street & Kirby Avenue in Champaign. Shuttle service is available to transport recruiters from Lot E-14 to the ARC at no charge, and will run approximately every 10-15 minutes from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and by request throughout the day.
NOTE: We are not be responsible for tickets or tows received for improper parking. On-street metered parking is available at the rate of $1.00 per hour at the expense of the recruiter.
Day after Career Fair Interviews
Day after Career Fair Interviews
Requests for up to two interview rooms will be accepted in Handshake @ Illinois under the “Interviews” tab starting at 10:00 AM CST Monday, May 6, 2019. Space is extremely limited and employers are encouraged to reserve space as soon as possible, as space is assigned on first come, first served basis. You will receive an email with logistical information, including room location, approximately two weeks prior to the career fair. All interview space requests must be made in Handshake @ Illinois (http://handshake.illinois.edu under the “Interviews” tab) no later than Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST. We will not honor space requests submitted past this deadline.
Interviews may begin at 8:30 AM (or later) and must conclude by 5:00 PM. You may determine your own schedule between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Please view interview schedule template here.
Please contact the The Engineering Career Services team at email@example.com with all questions or comments.
Career Fair Tips for Recruiters
Please understand that as visitors to our campus, you are expected to abide by university policies and procedures, including sexual harassment policies.
Before the Career Fair
- Take extra care to complete your registration form fully, accurately (avoid misspellings and typos). Information ultimately shared with students is populated directly from your online registration.
- Post your position(s) in our online recruitment system, Handshake @ Illinois, prior to the fair. Include a note inviting students to visit your booth at the fair.
- Please ensure that your representatives are well-informed and fully prepared to share information with students about your organization, as well as the positions for which you are recruiting, and your hiring timeline, procedures, and policies.
- Consider sending employees who are alumni of Illinois Engineering; current students interning at your organization may also make effective recruiting team members.
- Take advantage of early set up times – often the best and most motivated students are the first in the door. You’ll want to be set up and ready to meet them as they arrive.
- Utilize social media to raise student awareness about your presence on campus.
During the Career Fair
- Appear eager for engagement. Students are more likely to approach booths where employers are standing in front of their table, warmly welcoming conversations with students.
- Pay attention to ribbons on student name badges to identify their majors.
- Wear a nametag. Alumni pins and major ribbons (available at career fair while they last) are also great conversation starters that facilitate your connection with students.
- Even if you don’t collect resumes, request student contact information to follow up after the career fair.
- Treating students respectfully and focusing on their needs can go a long way toward making a great impression and attracting the best and brightest candidates.
After the Career Fair
- Strike while the iron is hot! Reinforce your positive image by responding to all inquiries ASAP.
- Keep building your brand’s awareness by staying engaged throughout the semester. Return to campus and host information sessions, tech talks, on campus interviews, and participate in other recruiting events sponsored by ECS and Illinois Engineering.
Graduate Student Networking Reception
Join us on (date to be determined) at the (location to be determined). This is an informal networking event, only available to companies attending the Illinois Engineering Spring Career Fair, with engineering graduate students from all 12 of the Engineering Departments, including professional master’s, master’s with thesis, and doctoral students. This event is a way for graduate students to learn more about opportunities at the different companies in an informal setting. There will be no exchange of resumes. Companies will receive a list of the students in attendance with their program information and email address. For additional information and to register for this event visit (information will be updated soon). Fee of $25.00 per person to attend.
Welcome back to campus, Illinois Engineering alumni! We look forward to connecting with you at the Engineering Career Fair on September 10-11. Be sure to stop by our table in MP6 at the ARC between 11:00a and 1:00p and grab your Alumni Button. See you soon!
Illinois Engineering Office of Advancement
firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-2364
Student information for career fairs can be found here.
Please contact The Engineering Career Services team with questions at email@example.com or by phone (217) 333-1960.