Seeking a job or internship? Visit the virtual job fair

Students and business representatives met at the career fair in 2019.
By Janette Neuwahl Tannen

Students and business representatives met at the career fair in 2019.

Seeking a job or internship? Visit the virtual job fair

By Janette Neuwahl Tannen
The University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center offers students the ability to participate in a career fair next week without leaving home.

Students looking for a full-time job or an internship for the summer have another chance to get their résumés in front of potential employers this semester. 

The University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center is offering ’Canes a second career fair this spring—virtually. Although Toppel has participated in the CareerEco fair for several years, executive director Ali Rodriguez said the extra chance to make an impression on employers can help students who are still trying to secure a job or summer internship. And with the added hurdle of COVID-19 closures and quarantines, the virtual fair on April 2 allows students to participate from their computer without any health risks.

“Students looking for full-time opportunities will have to be very conscientious about their job search this year, and if they didn’t have the chance to come to the Career Expo on campus in February, they should attend this event,” she said. “And even if they did come to the expo, this is another meaningful opportunity.” 

The CareerEco job fair offers students at all 28 Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference schools the chance to get their résumés in front of at least 121 employers, including government agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Department of State, as well as organizations like City Year, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America, Rodriguez reported. On the fair’s website, students can filter their job or internship searches by their major, desired location, and position type, and the site will automatically recommend employers to contact during the event.

All students have to do in order to participate is register and upload their résumé.

If a student would like help to polish their résumé, they can upload it to Toppel’s Handshake platform, which is accessible to all University students. And, Toppel staff will automatically review new uploads. For additional revisions, students can stop by virtual drop-in advising through Zoom, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, Rodriguez said that for career mentoring from industry experts, students should sign up for Cane2Cane, a platform that connects them with alumni in their chosen field. 

Toppel will offer the following virtual events in the next few weeks. (Students may register on Handshake for all of them.)

  • Intelligence Community 2020 Virtual Career Fair, hosted by the National Security Agency, March 25, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Topic Spotlight: Energy (Ph.D., M.D., J.D., postdoc) hosted by Boston Consulting Group, March 25, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Trailblazers: Women of AT&T, March 26, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Bank of America Virtual Careers Panel, March 31, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
  • S. Department of State Information Session, April 6, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Becker: Careers in Accounting Workshop, April 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Peace Corps Virtual Application Workshop, April 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Visit Toppel’s website for more information.