Information for Students

  • If you are graduating this May, click this link or scan the code and tell the College of Agriculture your plans after graduation.

  • If you have an internship, click this link or scan the code and tell the College of Agriculture about your internship. 

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The College of Agriculture hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. Over 150 companies attend the fall career fair, providing students and alumni with the opportunity to learn about their organizations, submit resumes and interview for permanent or internship positions. 

Freshmen and sophomore students are welcome to join upper-level students at the career fairs so they can learn about careers and the art of professional conversations very early. 

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE fall CAREER FAIR - ON CAMPUS

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 
France Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 355 N. Martin Jischke Dr., West Lafayette, IN  47907
STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THEIR DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR WHEN FAIR REGISTRATION OPENS.

Making the Most Out of the Career Fair

Clarify Your Goals - What do you want from the career fair?

  • To network with professionals?
  • To learn more about specific employers?
  • To research the demand for someone in your field?
  • To make contact with a particular organization?
  • Do you want to line up an on-campus interview?
  • Do you want to land an internship or full-time job?

Research

  • Purdue Career Research Portal
  • Check the list of currently registered employers and target companies of your interest. Research organizations ahead of time.
  • Review an organization's information on their website (a link to the organization's website is provided in the above attending employer list.)
  • Create a list and prioritize the organizations you are most interested in and visit their booths first. Prepare questions that will help you obtain the information you need, in addition to showing your knowledge of the field and interest in the industry.

Prepare - Prepare your commercial; learn to sell yourself in a short amount of time.

  • Decide how you will introduce yourself in 30 seconds.
  • Greet the recruiter with a firm handshake stating your name, major, graduation date and why you are attending the Career Fair.
  • Present your resume – bring copies of your resume detailing your education, experience, skills and campus/community activities concisely. Employers recommend visiting with a CCO staff member at their office to have your resume critiqued.
  • Be prepared to briefly describe your background and what you are looking for.
  • Be prepared to relate your education/experience/skills to the employer's needs.
  • Rehearse your commercial with a friend or advisor.

Dress for Success

  • View Dress for Success tips from Purdue's CCO. 
  • Your clothes will help you make a positive first impression. 
  • Professional attire is a requirement.
  • Wear few/minimal accessories and perfume/cologne.
  • Make sure your clothes are clean, neat and fit well. 
  • Need help with buying clothes?  Contact the CCO about the Career Closet

Last-Minute Tips

  • Show up early! Some employers may have to leave the fair early.
  • Allow yourself a minimum of one hour to attend the fair and speak with recruiters. Lines may be long to speak with some recruiters, so be prepared to wait.
  • Strategize! If you have ranked your goals for attending the career fair, then you can plan for long lines or absent employers. 

The Main Event - Act professionally and courteously.

  • Be confident, enthusiastic and polite (remember courtesy and professionalism are expected and appreciated).
  • Ask questions as needed. Base the questions on your research of the organization.
  • Listen and pay attention to what the recruiter is saying. This information may benefit you greatly if you receive an interview. Ask good questions.
  • Do not monopolize an employer's time; know when to move on if there is a line of students waiting.
  • Cover letters are not necessary when you give out your resume in-person.  Be prepared to give a list of references or a copy of your transcript.
  • Collect business cards and ask who the contact person is.
  • Make notes about what you talked about with each representative; use this information in follow-up letters.
  • Send thank-you letters to employers within one week after your visit or interview.

Checklist of Items to Bring

  • Portfolio or large capacity folder to carry your resumes, pens, notepads, etc.
  • 30-40+ copies of your resume on professional resume paper (preferably white or ivory).
  • A notepad and pen for taking notes after meeting with each recruiter.
  • Business Cards – It may be helpful to print business cards to present to employers. Print and Digital Services at Purdue University can print business cards. Contact them for details.
  • Prepare or order a professional name badge. Name badges can be ordered through the Agribusiness Club. If interested contact Andy Oppy at aoppy@purdue.edu.

The College of Agriculture Career Services and the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) hosts several events and workshops throughout the academic year to assist students with their career services needs. Check out the events and CCO calendar for specific dates, times, location and registration information.

Academic Departments and Corporate Partners

  • Schedule your Information Meetings for CATE-SPONSORED PUBLIC POLICY INTERNSHIPS 
    Meet with Lela Mixon, the Assistant Director for Career Services, to discuss your interest and ask questions about the public policy internship program.  Use this link to view information and express interest for Spring and Summer 2023. 
  • Indiana Pork Young Professionals Conference
    Submit your application! Join us May 25-26, 2022 at Fair Oaks Farms. Register by April 30 at IndianaPork.org.
  • International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP)
    CRS is recruiting nine fellows for a unique 10-month USDA fellowship opportunity in Uganda beginning May 2022. 
  • Corteva Agriscience Developing Emerging Leaders and Talent in Agriculture
    Scholarship and grant opportunity available for students (undergraduate and graduate) and Postdocs in STEM. To cultivate a rich pipeline of diverse candidates for Corteva Agriscience roles, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Developing Emerging Leaders and Talent in Agriculture (DELTA) symposium, research grant and scholarship programs. These programs invite under-represented minority undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to share their interest and research as well as gain insights to careers in agricultural disciplines, sustainable and reliable food production, and Corteva. Participants in the symposium will receive a technical overview of the company and a chance to share their own research, network, and develop soft skills that are essential to any industry career. Research grants and scholarship funding for students are also available to selected candidates. Learn more about the programs through the attached flyer. If you have questions about this program please contact Ayanna Shoulds at ayanna.shoulds@corteva.comApplication deadlines are June 3, 2022.

CCo workshops and clinics

For upcoming CCO workshops and clinics, please visit the CCO Events website using the following link: Purdue CCO Workshops and Clinics

The Career Services Office is available to assist you with developing successful job search techniques. The college career services office and departmental career services coordinators are here to help you at any point in your search. Current students and alumni can utilize several databases to search jobs, internships and obtain company information. Students seeking permanent positions or internships will begin interviewing the day after the fall career fair. Most positions are filled by December. Students choosing to wait until later to begin their search will miss out on many excellent opportunities.

What YOU Need to Do to Get Started on Your Job Search

  • Contact the college career services office, departmental coordinator or your advisor
  • Activate or update your MyCCO Account
  • Update or create your resume/cover letter/references
  • Go shopping for an interview suit
  • Network – Follow Purdue Ag Alumni Association on Facebook

do the research, land the job

Job Search Agencies and External Sites

Grow your presence using the links below. 

Permanent and internship positions are posted daily on the career services website. Departmental Career Services Coordinators also email students position postings regularly. Check the COA website weekly, MyCCO, and read your email from your departmental coordinator. Many companies come to campus to interview for permanent and internship positions throughout the academic year. However, a majority of interviews take place during the fall semester before Thanksgiving break. Students choosing to wait until later to begin their search will miss out on many excellent opportunities. Use the following link to view a list of job opportunities: Employment Opportunities.

Freshmen, sophomores & juniors: you need to have one or more internship experiences before you graduate. Not only does participation in an internship make you a more attractive candidate, but it can also be an avenue to a job (NACE 2008 Experiential Education Survey). Professional experience and networking are essential to landing the ideal job upon graduation. College internships are a great way to address both of these issues at the same time. View a list of Internship Opportunities to start your search today.

You can also use the CCO website to find jobs and internship positions. Visit the Purdue CCO using the following link: Purdue CCO.

  • If you are graduating this May, click this link or scan the code and tell the College of Agriculture your plans after graduation.

  • If you have an internship, click this link or scan the code and tell the College of Agriculture about your internship. 
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​College of Agriculture Career Services Office has more to offer students than job placement. Our services support all students and alumni of the College in exploring, experiencing and achieving career paths. We aid students in exploring careers and majors, to experiencing internships and transformational educational experiences, t​o achieve goals, graduating and securing employment. Students who have a career plan are more likely to graduate and more likely to end up with corresponding employment. The College of Agriculture Career Services Office and The Center for Career Opportunities considers Purdue Parents valuable partners in the process of assisting students with all aspects of their career development.

Are you undecided about your major or thinking about changing your major? Explore careers and majors by discovering who you are. Use the following links for tips and information.

CONTACT US

College of Agriculture | Office of Academic Programs
615 West State Street, Room 121, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Email: AgCareerFair@purdue.edu or AgJobs@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-8470

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