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Information for Students

Current Smith undergraduates, QUEST students, and Smith undergraduate alumni are eligible to attend this career fair. Don’t miss your opportunity to network and impress representatives from top companies! Check back later this summer for more information on fair preparation, registration, and employers.

Save the Date for the Spring Smith Undergraduate Career Fair: Friday, February 5, 2016, in the Riggs Alumni Center!

Information for Employers

Event Information

The fall Smith Undergraduate Career Fair will take place on Friday, September 18, 2015, in the Xfinity Center on University of Maryland's College Park campus.

7:30 a.m.: Employer Check-In & Set-Up

9-10 a.m.: First Look Fair for Freshmen and Sophomores

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Career Fair

Registration Information

Employers can register for the event through HireSmith.

Registration package includes an 8' x 8' space (8' x 18' for double booth) with table (3' x 6') and chairs, continental breakfast, catered lunch, wireless access, parking, fair booklet inclusion, and booth signage. Price for single booths include four attendees while double booths include eight attendees.

Booth Pricing:

  • Standard single booth: $800
  • Government/non-profit single booth: $700
  • Standard double booth: $1,500

The University of Maryland is also hosting the following fall career fairs:

Main Campus Fall Career & Internship Fair (Technical/Engineering and Non-Technical Focus)

September 16-17, 2015
Xfinity Center

Computer Science Career Fair
Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6-8:30pm
Xfinity Center

We encourage employers to explore all of our Terp talent! Employers who register for more than one fair will get $150 off EACH fair.

Directions, Parking & Accommodations

Parking is conveniently located in the 4B parking lot located next to the Xfinity Center. Employers will receive a parking permit and instructions prior to the date of the fair.

Please explore our campus map and directions to plan your trip to the Xfinity Center.

Visit our Conferences and Visitor Services website for accommodations options.

Shipping Information

Advantage Expo and Trade show is coordinating the freight for the Fall Career & Internship Fair. Fair materials that need to be shipped to the event will go through Advantage. The Shipping Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the shipping timelines and rates. Please note the deadline for shipping materials to the fair through Advantage without incurring additional costs is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Advantage Expo will also arrange to ship materials back to your organization after the fair. Please see details for this process in the Shipping Guide.

Sponsorship & Branding Opportunities

We are pleased to offer your organization a variety of opportunities to increase your brand awareness and visibility on the day of the fair. Sponsors will also receive special recognition in the program book and on the Xfinity jumbotron screens. Sponsorship opportunities include:

Program Book Advertisements:

Employers have the option to place an advertisement in the program book (¼, ½ or full page). Over 1500 copies of the program book will be printed, along with an electronic copy shared with nearly 3000 undergraduate business students.

Headshot Booth:

Sponsor professional headshots for all fair attendees to help them increase their own professional brand.

Branded Items Sponsorship:

Sponsor or donate branded items with your organization's logo to enhance the student experience at the fair. Costs vary depending on item. Items may include:

  • Bags
  • Bottled Water
  • Pens
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Mints

We will collect items that your organization may already have or work with your team to produce customized items.

If you're interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please indicate so in your registration form or contact us directly.

Deadlines & Cancellation Policy

  • Registration deadline (to be included in printed materials): August 28, 2015
  • Cancellation deadline: August 28, 2015
  • Payment deadline: October 1, 2015

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your registration before Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST to receive a full refund and not owe a fair registration balance. All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to smithcareerfair@rhsmith.umd.edu. Failure to cancel in writing by the cancellation deadline will leave the employer responsible for the registration fee, regardless of circumstances.

All other cancellations made after this deadline - including cancellations made by employers who register after the cancellation deadline - will still be billed and no refund will be administered. Employers who register and do not show up to the fair will also remain responsible for payment.

Contact Information

Please reach out to the Smith Office of Career Services for additional information or inquiries.

Ashlee Kerkhoff
Director, Undergraduate Career Programming
akerkhof@rhsmith.umd.edu
301-405-9475

Cynthia O'Brien
Associate Director, Customer Account Management
cobrien@rhsmith.umd.edu
301-405-9496

Smith Undergraduate Career Fair

Friday, September 18, 2015
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Xfinity Center
University of Maryland

The Smith Undergraduate Career Fair brings together top employers and talented business school students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. All Smith undergraduate students and undergraduate alumni are welcome to attend this fair. Students will be seeking internships and full-time opportunities from all eight business majors: accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain management, operations management, information systems, management, and international business.

In 2014, 112 employers and over 1,100 students attended the event. Don’t miss the largest recruiting event at Smith!

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