Spring '22 Career and Internship Fair

Date: March 2, 2022
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Held via Handshake platform

The Career & Professional Development Center will be hosting a Virtual Career & Internship Fair this spring to best provide opportunities to all students and alumni.

The event provides an opportunity for students to learn more about careers and opportunities within their field of study, as well as network with companies in order to develop future contacts and employment opportunities. The event also provides recruiting employers a chance to meet and connect with potential candidates from Stanislaus State. The event is FREE and open to all Stanislaus State students in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as alumni of the university. 

Required Student Registration Opens on February 15, 2022

Registration is on HIREStanState via Handshake. You must have a profile completed in order to register for the event.

  • Log in to your MyStanState Student Account
  • Click on the Handshake icon on your student dashboard
  • Create an account
  • Already have an account? Log in and follow the next steps:
    • Locate Virtual Career Expo on Handshake
    • Click on Events (via the top menu bar), then click the Career Fair button, followed by the "Virtual Career Expo" event. 

If you have issues with Handshake or registration, please contact the Career & Professional Development Center.

Handshake home screen screengrab

  • Click on the “Registration” button to register for the event.  Then you will be able to sign up for sessions with employers.
  • To sign up for Group or 1:1 sessions, you may be prompted to update your profile privacy setting. We recommend using Community to make the most of your Handshake experience, as this will allow you to participate in all fair sessions and engage with other students/alumni. For more information on profile privacy, please see Profile Privacy Options in Handshake.
  • Review which employers are attending the fair (follow employers you want to check back in with).
  • You'll be able to sign up for sessions up to one(1) minute before the start time; once the session has started, you'll be unable to sign up for the session.

Here are some best practices to help you prepare for a successful fair:

Participating in the Fair

All sessions will have video, audio, and text-based chat. See details on day-of participation in Participating in a Virtual Fair.

Career Fairs provide an excellent opportunity to expand your job search and begin to develop a network for professional contacts. Participating in Career Fairs is most beneficial when you are well prepared to market yourself and interact effectively with recruiters.

Career Preparation

  • 3 Ways Handshake’s Virtual Career Fairs Can Help You - Learn why virtual fairs are your ticket to getting hired this year.
  • Review your skills, interests, values, experiences, and accomplishments to articulate what you have to offer to a prospective employer. This also helps you determine which employers and career opportunities you wish to spend time pursuing at the Virtual Career Expo. 
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in the Career & Professional Development Center

Research Companies and Opportunities

  • A list of companies attending the fair will be posted on HIREStanState via Handshake.
  • Review the company's profiles, check out their jobs and internships, and prioritize those you are most interested in.
  • Most recruiters will expect you to be familiar with their organization, so research each company of interest, including their primary products and function of the employer. 

  • Business attire is required at the virtual event!
  • Conservative colors, accessories, and appearance are advisable.
  • Follow our Pinterest account to get more business attire ideas!
  • Attend the VIRTUAL JCPenny's Suit Up Event on February 20th! Contact the Career Center if you have any questions. 

Need live assistance during the Virtual Career Expo?
Use the Zoom link to connect with Career Fair Staff for help: 

Additional assistance during the Virtual Career Expo:
Please refer to Handshake Video Requirements & Troubleshooting (Students) for additional information to ensure a smooth audio and video experience! (Make sure you are using Chrome or Firefox).  Safari does have a slightly different permissions process, detailed in the above link. 

Report Technical Issue:
 You can report audio, video, chat, or other issues. This will generate a ticket for the handshake team to review, as well as help them continue to improve their product. For more details on this process (including screenshots of what the forms look like), please refer to 
Reporting an Issue at a Virtual Fair. 

View and apply to open jobs or internships.

  • Keep the momentum going from your meetings with employers. Check out their page on Handshake to see current jobs and internships. Recruiters are logging into Handshake daily to find students for open jobs—so it’s the best place to apply! 
  • If you’re not ready to apply yet, save the jobs you like so you’ll get notifications to apply before the deadlines. 
  • Find tips for applying to jobs on Handshake.
  • Prepare for Interviews with employers by using the Big Interview and other Interview Resources found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Stephen, Employer and Student Engagement Analyst, at rstephen2@csustan.edu.


Updated: January 10, 2022