Career Fairs and Events

Graduate & Professional School Fair

Why you should recruit at usf

USF Career Services is pleased to invite graduate and professional schools to showcase their programs at the University of South Florida's Graduate & Professional School Fair!

  • We have an undergraduate population of over 37,000 students.
  • Our students come from over 145 different countries.
  • We are ranked as one of the Top 40 Most Diverse Public Institutions in the United States.

Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair

Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held virtually through the Handshake platform.

Use the directory below to quickly jump to a section:
Registration Information | Best Practices & Requirements
Handshake Resources | Need Help?

Registration Information

Registration will begin on Friday, July 31, 2020.

To register for Graduate & Professional School Fair, you must have an ACTIVE Handshake account and be connected with "University of South Florida." Click here to visit the registration page in Handshake and click the "Register" button in the upper right corner to get started. Then log-in or create your Handshake account to get started with submitting your fair registration.

USF Departments/Colleges interested in attending: Please see the USF section below for details and registration instructions.

Click here to read the USF Career Services Career Fair Policy.

Registration Timeline and Fees

USF Career Services assesses tiered registration fees per fair based on organization type and registration date. Registrations are approved on a first come, first served basis; space is limited and registration for certain fairs may become full before the advertised closing date. Marketing may also depend on the time of registration.

Early Registration Deadline: August 23rd, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Regular Registration Deadline: September 30th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Late Registration Deadline: October 8th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Cancellation Deadline: October 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (see Policy section below for more information)

Non-Profit Organizations
Please note you will be asked to provide a copy of your Tax Exemption Certificate to receive the discounted registration rate listed below.
Early Registration Rate: $150.00
Regular Registration Rate: $180.00
Late Registration Rate: $210.00
*Your organization can have up to 15 different representatives per 1 registration

Standard Organizations
Please note that registration fees for virtual events are not subject to Florida sales tax.
Early Registration Rate: $180.00
Regular Registration Rate: One Table: $210.00
Late Registration Rate: One Table: $240.00
*Your organization can have up to 15 different representatives per 1 registration
 
Payment Due Date: November 19, 2020
Fees must be paid in full within 30 days of the fair date. Organizations who fail to pay their balance due by this due date may lose access to their ability to post positions and register for events until their balance is paid in full. Organizations who are experiencing difficulty with paying their balance are encouraged to reach out to us at CareerServices@usf.edu for assistance.

Payment Due Date: Novemeber 19, 2020

Note that spaces are limited and available first-come, first-served. Fees must be paid in full within 30 days after the fair date. Organizations who fail to pay their balance due by this due date may lose access to their ability to post positions and register for events until their balance is paid in full. Organizations who are experiencing difficulty with paying their balance are encouraged to reach out to us at CareerServices@usf.edu for assistance.

Registration Deadline: October 8, 2020

Since organizations will need to set up a schedule for the virtual fair, we will be closing organization registration three weeks prior to the fair date.

Cancellation Deadline: October 15, 2020

Cancellations must be received in writing (sent to CareerServices@usf.edu), prior to the cancellation deadline, two weeks prior to the fair date. No refunds will be issued after the deadline.

If a registration was not canceled in writing by the deadline date and/or the organization is a "no-show," payment will still be expected and registration fees will not be refunded.

USF Departments and Colleges

Thank you for your interest in registering for the Graduate & Professional School Fair!

Handshake Access
If you are creating a new “Employer” account to register for the Graduate & Professional School Fair, both your account and your fair registration will need to be approved separately. Please email Alicia Savage at awalker2@usf.edu to inform her that you have a newly created account.

Fees
Career Services is providing virtual fair registration to each USF college/department at no charge.

Virtual Booth "Space"
Please note that space is limited for this event. This means that upon review of your registration request, if you are representing a singular program or department within a college, you may be asked to partner with another similar program/department within your college. In this case, Career Services will email all registrants from the college and request that you combine your registration. Please note that one registration allows for 15 different representatives, each with their own schedule. One schedule for a 4 hour event can hold any combination of 30 minute group sessions (holding a maximum of 50 students) and 10 minute one on one’s. The person completing the registration will just need to indicate the representatives in the registration process.

Programs/departments may be paired based on the recruiting interests areas indicated in the registration request form so please choose the correct area when completing the form.

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR DETAILS

We are using Handshake as our virtual career fair platform for Fall 2020. We'll be providing updates throughout the summer to help you make the most of your fair registration and spend your time talking with students who are interested in your organization and the positions you have posted.

Best Practices & Requirements

As you plan for the Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair, please keep the following best practices in mind:

Increase Student Engagement

To increase your student engagement, you must host at least one group meeting per fair to interact with up to 50 students at a time.

Handshake allows for two engagement options during the virtual fairs: one-on-one sessions (10 minutes in length), and group sessions for up to 50 students (30 minutes in length).

In an effort to help all of our organizations maximize your engagement with our students, we're requiring that you host at least one group session at some time during the fair.

For a three hour fair with one representative, an organization would be able to meet with up to 50 students during the group session, and then have an additional 14 one-on-one sessions. (Assuming the representative leaves time for a 10 minute break.)

Student registration will begin on August 24, 2020, in order to allow sufficient time for organizations to register and create their schedules. Students will not be able to sign up for your sessions until after they are able to register on August 24.

Host Productive Face-to-Face Discussions

To host productive and beneficial face-to-face discussions with students, you are encouraged to schedule multiple representatives from your organization to host virtual one-on-one student meetings.

Each additional representative would allow for an additional 18 one-on-one sessions during the fair.

Regardless of the number of representatives that your organization has, only one group session is required.

We will not be assessing any fees for additional representatives for the Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair.

Handshake Resources

We encourage you to review the information below to assist you as you plan to engage with our students in a virtual environment. We will continue to update this section with relevant resources as the fairs approach. You can also visit the Handshake Help Center at any time for tutorials and the ability to contact their support team.

Handshake's Virtual Fair Training Webinar - Recorded on July 16 - 1 p.m. EDT; use the link to register to view the recording.
Registering for a Career Fair
Scheduling Overview for Virtual Fairs

Need Help?

Please contact us if you have any questions! Please use the list below to identify who to contact based on your needs.

  • For additional information about the Graduate & Professional School Fair or USF student population: Alicia Savage, Assistant Director of Professional & Career Development
  • For assistance with creating your Handshake account, registering for the fair, billing/invoices, or fair logistics: CareerServices@usf.edu