Which date should I attend?
Both, if your schedule permits! Each date will have an entirely different roster of sites represented. We’ll make the list of sites participating each day available ahead of time, so you can plan your day and tailor your résumé.
Even if one of the days has fewer sites of interest to you, attending and meeting with people at the Internship Fair is a great opportunity to practice your networking skills. You might discover from talking in person with site representatives some opportunities that are an unexpectedly good fit, too!
What should I bring?
Bring copies of your résumé to share with the internship site representatives you meet with (and business cards with your contact information, if you have them!). It’s also a good idea to read over the list of sites attending and the descriptions of their available projects, so you can ask questions when you meet with potential supervisors. Researching the sites by looking at their web pages and learning a little bit about them ahead of time is a great way to impress folks with your preparation, too!
What should I wear?
We recommend business casual attire for students. And yes, that can mean a lot of things — but how you interpret that for the Internship Fair will give prospective sites a sense of how you might show up to work on your first day. Generally, your clothes should be clean, with no holes and minimal wrinkles, and fit you well; your undergarments should not be visible; and you should probably not wear flip-flops. You should feel comfortable and capable, not costumed. If you’re in doubt, ask a friend you trust to help you put together an outfit!
A further note on appearance: If you are concerned that piercings, tattoos, or other visible features might be an issue at the internship sites you’re most interested in, it’s a good idea to ask what the workplace norms are, and take the answers you get into account. Your appearance has very little to do with your abilities, of course, but you might not feel comfortable working, even temporarily, in a place where you can’t be truly yourself. On the other hand, it might be worth taking out your nose ring during your reference desk shifts, or wearing long sleeves on a few warm days, to get experience that’s going to look really great on your c.v. and references who can testify to your abilities. (You might also help other folks see past their prejudices by doing great work for them with your nose ring in.) This is very much your call!
April 6 falls during Passover. How can I participate in the Internship Fair if I’m observing the holiday?
Gut yontiv! Students will have access to the full list of participating internship sites and their projects for each day of the Internship Fair. If you can’t attend on the 6th for any reason, we encourage you to follow up afterward by phone or email with the sites you’re potentially interested in.