Spring 2021 Virtual Career and Internship Expo

Please register via Handshake!


Registration opens for the 2021 Spring Career and Internship Expo on January 1.


Click here to join the fair and browse 1:1 and group meetings with employers, across all industries. You can even create your own personalized schedule of events for day-of expo planning! This video is the best place to start.

We know virtual fairs are still new territory, so you might be unsure how to prepare. Having a public, updated, and accurate Handshake profile is more important than ever. In fact, there may be qualifications (major, graduation year, etc.) for some 1:1 meetings with employers. So make sure to update your profile with your most accurate graduation year, major(s), and public resume. We also recommend adding a professional photo to your profile. Google Chrome and Firefox are the preferred browsers for Handshake technology.

Here’s a great workshop recording to help!


If you have technical issues, questions before talking to employers, or want to practice your pitch before a 1:1 session, we will have an ongoing Zoom during Expo: the Owl Mentor Nest. Career advisors will be ready to speak with you! Link coming soon.


Here are some additional resources to help you prepare:

Here are some general tips to help you stand out:

  • Handshake Profile
    • Ensure your Handshake profile is current, complete, and public to recruiters — they may message you through Handshake
    • Upload an updated, public resume to your account — your resume cannot be sent to employers without adding it to your account 
    • Follow companies of interest in Handshake to be alerted of additional opportunities and virtual sessions
  • Information Sessions
    • These virtual group sessions are 30 minutes, and have a capacity for 50 students
    • Arrive early to ensure your spot
    • You can’t enter after the session begins
    • You will be muted upon entrance, but keep in mind professional etiquette if the host allows questions (camera on)
    • Follow up with recruiters after the session on Handshake or LinkedIn
  • 1:1 sessions
    • These 10 minute meetings with recruiters have qualifications based on the position
    • 1:1 sessions cannot be repeated
    • Dress to impress (business attire)
    • Be prepared to ask and answer questions
    • Utilize your 30 second commercial
    • Follow up with recruiters after the session on Handshake or LinkedIn

If you’re looking for more personal guidance on navigating a virtual career search, we are here for you! The CCD team is available to help you before, during, and after the fair. Don’t hesitate to email us any questions (ccd@rice.edu) or schedule an appointment with a career advisor.




If you are experiencing problems during the Expo, check to see if:

  • You are registered for the Expo — if you didnt register, you likely wont be able to join sessions
  • Your pop-ups are enabled — you cannot join 1:1s or Group Sessions via video if your pop ups are blocked.
  • You are using Google Chrome or Firefox — Safari may not function optimally using Handshake
  • You are on time — if you’re late to a session, you might be unable to join, depending on how many attendees are already in the session
  • Your audio input is through your computer speakers or headphones, depending on what you’re using — you can change this in your computer settings >> audio
  • Your audio output is through your computer microphone  — you can change this in your computer settings >> audio
  • You’re attending the right session — 1:1 sessions are different than group sessions. Refer to your schedule in Handshake to keep times and companies straight.

If your issue is not listed, contact us ccd@rice.edu or 713-348-4055 for day-of troubleshooting 

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