Engineering Career Fair

Fall 2024 Engineering In-Person Career Fair

Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th 2024 from 1-6 p.m., at The State Farm Center

Our team offers a broad range of resources and services to assist employers in connecting with highly skilled Grainger Engineering students and accomplishing their recruitment objectives. One of our most notable events is the Engineering Career Fair, which attracts over 7,000 students in the fall and 3,500 students in the spring. The Engineering Career Fair can be a critical element of your successful recruitment strategy, whether you're looking to recruit a significant number of engineering students from diverse majors and skill sets or increase your company's visibility. 

Registration is set to open May 15th

Important Dates

  • The projected registration open date is May 15th
  • Registration closes on Friday, August 16, 2024, by 5:00 pm 
  • Payment and Cancellation Deadline is Friday, August 23, 2024, at 5:00 pm 
  • Registrations not canceled by 5:00 pm on August 23, 2024 and no shows will be charged the full amount due. Neither refunds nor credits will be issued for  cancellations that are due to inclement weather, other acts of nature, or circumstances that are beyond our control.  

Prices and Booth Options

Booth Type One-Day Price Two-Day Price
Single Booth (Up to 2 Reps) $900 $1600
Double Booth (Up to 6 Reps) $1800 $3400
Deluxe Booth (Up to 12 Reps) $2700 $5200

Please share the following parking, shipping, and other logistical details with your colleagues to prepare for another high-impact recruiting event!

If you are registered for an In-Person Career Fair, please refer to the information below to help you prepare for your visit. Please also share the following information with your colleagues who will be on-site:

Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th 2024

The State Farm Center: 1800 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820 

10:00 am: Recruiter Check-In
11:00 am: Lunch available
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Meet & Greet with the Grainger College of Engineering Corporate Relations Team

1:00 pm: Career Fair Opens to Students
6:00 pm: Career Fair Ends

Employer Breakrooms and Lunchboxes:

Employer Breakrooms will be in the Legacy and Orange Krush Clubs located on concourse 1 of the State Farm Center. Lunch will be provided to employers starting at 11am until 2pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available after lunch from 3pm-6pm. 

The State Farm Center has free, onsite parking for all employers, including marked accessible parking spots. 

Campus Health & Safety Protocols:
Kindly note that the COVID-19 situation remains fluid and plans may change in the interest of public health. For more information on health and safety protocols at UIUC visit: 

Shipping to the Career Fair
Starting August 11th, employers can ship career fair packages to the following address :

The Grainger College of Engineering

Engineering Career Services

Attn: Fall 2024 Engineering Career Fair

Digital Computer Lab

1304 W. Springfield Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801

Return Shipping after the Career Fair
You are responsible for bringing paid, return shipping labels for your career fair materials. You are also responsible for scheduling your items for pick-up with your organization's vendor of choice. 

Volunteers are available to assist at the student resource table/employer package return shipping drop-off at the Career Fair. Follow the following steps: 

  • Complete and attach prepaid mailing label
  • Securely pack and clearly label items
  • Bring the package to the employer package return shipping drop-off

Contact Us


Interview space is available on September 12th & 13th following the day after your career fair attendance. All interview space requests must be submitted in Handshake by Friday, August 23rd, 2024. You will receive an email from Engineering Career Services confirming your interview space and logistical details one week before the scheduled on-campus interview. It is crucial to notify ECS ( at least 24 hours in advance to cancel the next-day interview.

Checkout Details and Reserve Interview Space 

Fall 2024 Engineering Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, September 25th, 2024, 11 AM-3 PM 

Registration Link: Coming Soon, opening on June 1st 

Important Dates

  • Registration cost is $250
  • Registration closes on Friday, September 13, 2024, by 5:00 pm
  • Make payment by Friday, September 20, 2024, at 5:00 pm to secure the registration.
  • Registrations not canceled by Friday, September 20, 2024, at 5:00 pm, and no-shows will be charged the full amount due.

If you have a niche recruiting need, we encourage you to partner with departments and student organizations to help you connect with targeted student groups who may be a good fit for your organization. Check out upcoming recruiting and engagement events!

Data and Trends

Top Employers 

2021-2022 Illini Success report

Employer Industry

Engineering Career Fairs are great places to recruit high-volume students with diverse talents for top employers! The Fall 2022 Engineering Career Fairs attracted 355 distinctive employers. 
Engineering Career Fairs are great places to recruit high-volume students with diverse talents for top employers! The  Spring 2023 Engineering Career Fairs attracted 200 distinctive employers.


Engineering In-Person Career Fair Student Participation

Engineering Career Fairs are great places to recruit high-volume students with diverse talents! The  Fall 2022 Engineering In-Person Career Fairs attracted nearly 5,500 engineering students, totaling over 7000 students from 10 colleges. 
Engineering Career Fairs are great places to recruit high-volume students with diverse talents! The Spring 2023 Engineering In-Person Career Fairs attracted nearly 2,500 engineering students, totaling close to 3500 students from 10 colleges.


Use the ECS Appointments Distribution to Plan Engagement Activities

From Freshmen to Doctoral Students, connect with students at different levels effectively! 
Resume Review/Cover Letter, Career Exploration, and Internship Exploration/Full-Time Job Search Strategy are the most popular topics for student career and professional development. 
 Share employers' insights on these topics to connect with students effectively!

Engineering Career Services

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