A record number of students and employers attended this fall's Career & Internship Fair at the TCF Bank Stadium.

A record number of students and employers attended this fall's Career & Internship Fair at the TCF Bank Stadium. In total, 855 students attended (over 100 more than last year) and 98 companies.

Morgan Kinross-Wright, Director of the Undergraduate Business Career Center, credits this year's high attendance to younger students building their network earlier in their collegiate career. Maggie Manteuffel, Employer Relations Associate for the Undergraduate Business Career Center, also the person who heads up the fair, was up to the challenge. "This year rocked - Maggie had volunteers organized like crazy and the whole thing went very smoothly. Maggie has worked to make several great operational changes and it shows!"

What differentiates the Carlson School Career & Internship Fair from other career and internship fairs? Kinross-Wright says, "Recruiters who attend the Carlson fair specifically want to talk to business school students. Our companies are mostly looking for full-time staff or interns, whereas companies at other fairs may not have anything at the moment but are working to build a relationship with students."

Preparation for the fair takes an entire year. "Maggie starts planning for the next fair about the day after each one ends - it is constant work to manage such a large and successful fair," said Kinross-Wright. The Spring Career & Internship Fair will be promoted as a 'giveaway free' fair - meaning no giveaway goodies or handouts. This will reduce the amount of waste the Fair can generate, and recruiters are strongly encouraged to make a donation instead of handing out goodies to students.

When preparing for the next fair, Kinross-Wright suggests students look at the companies attending and have a few selected that they must talk to. "Don't be afraid to go talk to companies you have not heard of - you may get some great information," she says. "Also, wear a suit!"

Employers also put many hours of preparation into the fair. "I'm not sure students are fully aware of the work companies and organizations put in to attend the fair and put their best recruiting face forward - therefore, it's that much more impressive when a student has also put in that prep work and comes to the fair ready to learn, ask questions, and make connections," said Manteuffel.

The Carlson School Spring Career & Internship Fair will be held Friday, February 1 at the TCF Bank Stadium. Visit the Career & Internship Fair intranet page for more information.