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Fairs and Events

Students and Salesforce panelists for Career Community site visit

Connecting Butler with the World

Screenshot of NACE webpage for employer practices reportCareer development fairs and events are vital to connecting Butler faculty, staff, and students with the outside world. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that more than 95 percent of employers and recruiters use career fairs to recruit candidates for internships, co-ops, project-based learning experiences, and jobs.

We're hard at work planning fairs and programming for 2019–2020, including what's listed further below. Please check back often as info is updated.

 

Cancellation, Nondiscrimination, and More

Screenshot of CaPS official policies for employers and recruitersPlease read our Official CaPS Policies for more information about working with Butler.

Email CaPS policy questions to Employer Assistant, Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Coming to Butler

Located on more than 300 acres on the north side of Indianapolis, the nation's 15th-largest city, our university is home to both historic buildings and park-like settings.

Get directions to Butler, view maps of campus, book hotels, and more.

 

Accessibility

Butler University is committed to ensuring its programs, services, activities, and benefits are accessible on an equitable basis to all qualified individuals with disabilities. Read how to submit disability-related accommodation requests.

Students are encouraged to report any barriers to accessibility on or around campus.

Everyone is encouraged to create accessible versions of informational flyers and materials for digital distribution. Read how to create accessible documents in Microsoft Word.

For further reading (including info on imagery and video captioning), please read Butler's Accessibility Standards guide.

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Career Communities

Group of Butler students at Career Community site visit to SalesforceWe've created industry-based groups of alumni, employers, family, and friends who help deepen students' knowledge of and experience with fields of interest.

Sectors include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Non-Profit and Public Service
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • STEM in Indy

Events will be scheduled on an ongoing basis. We'd love for you to take part in as many as you can.

Stay on top of upcoming Career Community programming.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS for 2019–2020

Recruiter Information Breakfast

Image in Reilly Room of employers and students seated around circular tablesWednesday, August 14, 2019
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
8:30–10:00 AM

Typically held at the beginning of every fall and spring semester, our Recruiter Information Breakfasts provide employers more details about Butler's campus structure, CaPS' programming, and the student experience. Invitations are sent to contacts through our database in Handshake, Butler's online employment portal.

Email questions to event coordinator Julie Schrader.

Registration link will be posted in mid-to-late July.

 

Into The City

Circular logo containing the words "Butler University Into the City"August 21–23, 2019 (Welcome Week)
Various locations

For incoming first-year students. Discover why Indianapolis is a great city in which to live, work, and play. This staff-led program takes you off campus with an all-access pass to Indy's cultural, professional, and natural hot spots. You'll meet young professionals and seasoned leaders working in nonprofit, private, and government businesses that define and are connected to our city’s vibrant downtown. You'll also enjoy sit-down dinners and networking parties with Butler alumni and diverse local professionals.

Begin to envision how you can put your personal passions and academic interests into action on campus, in the city, and beyond.

Email questions to program coordinators Jeremy Walthall and Sierra Mathews.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, August 20, 2019 — Career Services Advisory Board Meeting

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarWednesday, August 21, 2019 — University Fall Academic Workshop

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, August 23, 2019 — Faculty and Staff Picnic

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarWednesday, August 28, 2019 — First Day of Fall Classes

 

Get Hired! Part-Time Job Fair 2019

Circular logo containing the words "Get Hired Part-time Job Fair"Thursday, August 29, 2019
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
3:00–4:30 PM

The annual "Get Hired-Part time Job Fair" on August 29th is an excellent opportunity for local employers and on-campus departments to connect with Butler students who are specifically interested in only part-time employment for the 2019-2020 academic school year. Students: If you need info regarding Federal Work Study or how to find an on-campus job, our staff members will be on hand at the fair to help.

Due to large demand, this fair is invite-only for employers.

Email registration requests and questions to event coordinator Alyssa Laskowski.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, September 2, 2019 — Labor Day Holiday

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, September 9, 2019 — Site Visit to Roche (All Majors)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, September 10, 2019 — Site Visit to Roche (LSB Majors)

 

Accounting Interview Day

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Thursday, September 19, 2019

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Womxn's Summit

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
South Campus
6:00–8:00 PM

With the collaboration of a few amazing young alumni, we are proud to offer our first Womxn's Summit, a free event centered on encouraging women to consider a variety of career paths, take chances, and apply to positions with confidence in their ability to pursue personal and professional passions. The event will consist of an alumni panel discussion moderated by Butler Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, NaShara Mitchell, and a networking session with the goal of connecting current students to some inspirational female alumnae who are making a difference in their fields.

While the event is centered on women, we encourage ALL to attend, including those who identify as women and those who support women. Womxn’s is pronounced just like Women’s; the “x” represents that it is open to women, those who identify as women, and all those who support women to include all gender identities and backgrounds! Faculty and staff are welcome to join us, too!

Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Register to attend through Handshake.

Email questions to event coordinator Julie Schrader.

 

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
6:00–8:00 PM

Come learn about service and gap year programs after graduation. Hear from representatives and alumni of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America. Learn about their experiences and how they have shaped their lives. Learn how to apply and who to talk to.

This is a casual event open to schools all over Indianapolis. A light dinner will be served.

Register to attend through Handshake.

Email questions to event coordinator Andrea Tiller.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, October 8, 2019 — Career Services Advisory Board Meeting

 

Big Dawg Fair

Butler's mascot, Trip the bulldog, wearing a work tieWednesday, October 9, 2019
Atrium, Business Building
5:30–8:00 PM

The Big Dawg Fair brings to campus employers and recruiters from across the public and private sectors, graduate schools, and service organizations. The event is free to attend for all students (undergraduate and grad) and alumni of all majors from Butler University and all central Indiana universities/colleges.

A career fair is an opportunity for job applicants to present themselves professionally in person to recruiters. In fact, fairs are vital to connecting with the outside world. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that more than 95 percent of employers and recruiters use career fairs to recruit candidates for internships, co-ops, project-based learning experiences, and jobs. A photo station will be set up to have free headshots taken.

Appetizers will be served courtesy of Butler Dining Services and Bon Appetit.

View the Employer/Recruiter preview page on Handshake.

View the Student/Alumni preview page Handshake.

Email questions to event coordinator Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarThursday, October 17–Friday, October 18, 2019 — Fall Break

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, October 21–Sunday, October 27, 2019 — Homecoming Week

 

Indiana Means Business Fair

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Pharmacy Interview Day

Butler bulldog mascot Trip, sitting behind a microscope, wearing a white lab coat with the coat of arms of the College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesFriday, November 8, 2019 — Interview Day
Location: CaPS FirstPerson Interview Suite
Time: Interview slots throughout day as needed

Pharmacy Interview Day targets sixth-year pharmacy degree candidates. Students sign up for half-hour, one-on-one interviews with recruiters.

Register for Pharmacy Interview Day as an Employer/Recruiter through Handshake.

Register to attend Pharmacy Interview Day as a student through Handshake.

Email questions to event coordinator Mona Guirguis.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, November 11, 2019 — Veterans Day

 

Healthcare + STEM Fair

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
5:30–7:30 PM

Indiana earns national recognition for its expanding healthcare and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industries. Butler’s career development partner Ascend Indiana forecasts sharp increases in these fields’ job openings from now through 2028. Our University itself is dedicated to supporting these industries, with Butler constructing a $100 million science complex expansion. Much competition for these jobs exists. However, because employers in these fields are increasingly seeking graduates possessing a wide spectrum of skill sets and knowledge, and Butler’s healthcare- and STEM-related degrees are constructed atop a shared, liberal arts foundation (e.g., fusing Healthcare and Business, or Technology and Art+Design), this career fair is the perfect place for students to connect with 30+ employers in these industries.

Register for the Healthcare + STEM Fair as an Employer/Recruiter through Handshake.

Register to attend the Healthcare + STEM Fair as a Butler student/alumni through Handshake.

Register to attend the Healthcare + STEM Fair as a non-Butler student/alumni through Google Forms.

Email questions to event coordinator Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Physician Assistant Career Fair

Butler bulldog mascot Trip, sitting behind a microscope, wearing a white lab coat with the coat of arms of the College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesMid-December 2019
Location: TBD
5:00–7:00 PM

The Physician Assistant (PA) Career Fair targets Master degree candidates who will be graduating in May 2020. Recruiters will have the opportunity to discuss their practices and/or health system as it relates to job opportunities for advanced practice providers.

Handshake registration link (Butler's online employment portal) will be posted closer to the event.

Email questions to event coordinator Mona Guirguis.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, November 25–Sunday, December 1, 2019 — Thanksgiving Break

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, December 13, 2019 — Last Day of Fall Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, December 20, 2019 — Winter Commencement

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, January 13, 2020 — First Day of Spring Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, January 20, 2020 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, January 28, 2020 — Career Services Advisory Board Meeting

 

Diversity Connections

Logo for Diversity Connections networking event

Monday, February 3, 2020
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
5:30–7:30 PM

During Founders Week 2020, we'll host the 14th Diversity Connections, an annual opportunity for employers to connect with students in a relaxed, fun, and engaging way. The event is open to all Butler students and focuses on bringing together those interested in creating work environments that value and promote workforce diversity.

A Handshake registration link (Butler's online employment portal) will be posted closer to the event.

Email questions to event coordinators Gary Beaulieu and Sierra Mathews.

 

Collegiate Career Expo

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Thursday, February 20, 2020
Primo Convention Center South (on National Ave.)

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Big East NYC Networking Trek

Logo for Big East NYC Networking Trek programMarch 9–13, 2020 (Spring Break)

A collaboration between the Big East Athletic Conference's career offices, we take a group of students to New York City to participate in various networking events with Butler alumni surrounding the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. The two-day trip culminates in the Big East Career Consortium's Sports and Entertainment Networking Event for students and alumni of Big East schools.

Email questions to program coordinators Gary Beaulieu and Julie Schrader.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, March 9–Sunday, March 15, 2020 — Spring Break

 

Non-Profit and Public Service Fair

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
4:00–6:00 PM

Calling all change makers, future politicians, social justice warriors, and aspiring civil servants: meet with over 30 employers featuring non-profit organizations, government agencies, and political opportunities. The event is open and free for students, graduate students, and alumni of all majors of Butler University and other local universities and colleges in the Central Indiana area.

Handshake registration link (Butler's online employment portal) will be posted closer to the event.

Email questions to event coordinator Sierra Mathews.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, April 14, 2020 — Career Services Advisory Board Meeting

 

Little Dawg Fair

Image of a baby Trip the bulldog in a Butler sweaterThursday, April 16, 2020
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
4:00–6:00 PM

As graduation and the end of the semester near, over 30 employers will be at the Little Dawg Fair, looking to hire for full-time jobs, summer internships, and fall internships. The event is open and free for all undergraduate and graduate students (and alumni) from all majors and all central Indiana universities.

A Handshake registration link (Butler's online employment portal) will be posted closer to the event.

Email questions to event coordinator Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Teacher Candidate Interview Day

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"April 2020
Hendricks County 4-H Conference Center

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, April 27, 2020 — Last Day of Spring Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarSaturday, May 9, 2020 — Spring Commencement

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, May 11, 2020 — First Day of Summer Classes

 

Indy Summer Experience

Logo for Indy Summer Experience, a Program from Butler's Internship and Career Services

May–July 2020

Take part in Indy Summer Experience, a program affording you the opportunity to make connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer with Butler peers.

Past events have included a tour of the Dallara IndyCar Factory, team-building at The Escape Room, dinner at Napolese, an outing to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, a cooking class at Chef JJ's Back Yard, a tour of Roche Diagnostics, and a downtown dinner at The Rathskellar.

Email questions to program coordinator Andy Cassler.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, August 14, 2020 — Last Day of Summer Classes

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Graduate School Fairs

There aren't currently plans for a Butler-hosted Graduate School Fair in 2019–2020. However, there will be recruiters from roughly 10 schools attending the Big Dawg Fair (info listed above).

Several fairs will be occurring across the Midwest and virtually:

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Workshops

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience

Plain box containing the words Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience with a sample date and timeTuesday, September 10, 2019
5:30–7:30 PM
Pharmacy Building 106

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
5:30–7:30 PM
Atherton Union 326

As you return to campus from being abroad—and before you start applying for internships and jobs—learn how to best and most efficiently market your experience in application documents and interviews.

In this free workshop, you'll hear from a panel of Butler alumni who were in your shoes, now sharing knowledge of what happens on the other side of the hiring table (or Applicant Tracking System) when "study abroad" appears on a resume or CV. They'll share advice on how to approach employers who weren't able to study abroad, and there will be a resume review. Free dinner provided.

Registration links will be posted closer to the workshop dates.

Email questions to event coordinators Calie Florek and Joey Wohlhieter.

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More Info and Resources

Directions, Maps, Hotels, and Parking

Located on more than 300 acres on the north side of Indianapolis, the nation's 15th-largest city, Butler is home to both historic buildings and park-like settings.

Get directions, view maps of campus, book hotels, and more.
 

Attending a Career Event (Students and Alumni)

Going to a job fair is a very efficient way to explore different organizations and can help you find a full-time position or internship. 

Preparation

  • Register for the fair, if necessary.

  • Obtain a list of the organizations and research and prepare questions for those that are of interest.

  • Review standard interview questions so that you are prepared to answer them clearly and effectively.

  • Prepare and practice a brief (30 seconds) "commercial" in which you will introduce yourself, describe your interest in the organization, connect your skills, interests, and relevant experience with what the company seeks, and present your resume.

  • Have your resume critiqued by CAPS and bring several copies to the fair. You may also bring a portfolio to hold your resumes, letters of recommendation, references, and samples of your work (if applicable).

  • Be familiar with the fair location and parking. Bring money for food and the registration fee if needed.

  • Dress for success. Conservative business attire is always best.

During the Fair

  • Check in, if necessary, and obtain a copy of the layout of the room to locate companies.

  • Explore the fair on your own to avoid appearing too dependent upon your friends.

  • Always conduct yourself professionally because you never know when an employer may be watching.

  • Before approaching a company, review the information you gathered about the organization. Organize the materials you want to have available for that employer, and check your appearance.

Note: Be flexible with the order in which you visit employers. If you see a line forming, move on to another organization and return later.

  • When approaching the employer, wait patiently if there is another candidate ahead of you and conduct yourself courteously and confidently by smiling, establishing and maintaining eye contact and presenting a firm handshake when introducing yourself.

  • During the meeting:

    • Be interested and interesting, listen actively, speak clearly and confidently, and offer coherent, concise, and honest responses to the employer's questions.

    • Maintain your professionalism. Even though a job fair is a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal interview, it is still part of the interview process.

    • When the interview is wrapping up, ask the employer for his/her business card or FuseMe, if you may follow up with the employer and, if so, when. Be sure to thank them for their time.

  • After the meeting, note the items you discussed, any interesting information you learned, follow-up information and any other information that may be helpful later.

After the Fair

Send thank you letters to the employers within one week. Mention something specific that you discussed to make sure they remember you. Thank them and express interest in a formal interview.

 

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Outside Fairs and Events

Explore Handshake
Screenshot of Handshake website illustrating list of Upcoming Fairs

Butler's online employment portal, Handshake, collects even more career fairs and events:

  1. Log into Handshake and view Fairs and Events by selecting those options on your dashboard.
  2. View Fairs and Events on Google Calendar.

 

Explore CareerEco

Screenshot of webpage for CareerEco's events calendarCareerEco is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals.

CareerEco's cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel

View CareerEco's Events calendar.

 

Explore Indiana Black Expo

Screenshot of Indiana Black Expo website calendar of community eventsIndiana Black Expo (IBE) is a local non-profit that has been a pillar of Indy's African-American community for decades. As a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 12 chapters, IBE works to create, produce, and advance opportunities for families in central Indiana.

View Indiana Black Expo's Events calendar.

 

Explore Indy Pride

Screenshot of Indy Pride website calendar of community eventsIndy Pride is a local non-profit that produces programming honoring and celebrating the diversity of Indianapolis' LGBTQ+ communities. Their organization provides leadership development, educational programs, and community events (including a career fair).

View Indy Pride's Events calendar.

 

Explore the International Center

Screenshot of webpage for the International Center's events calendarThe International Center is a local non-profit that aims to promote events in Indiana that highlight and celebrate cultural diversity and international relations, including diplomacy engagement opportunities for students. Working in collaboration with businesses, non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, and individual citizens, the Center has served as a guide to the world's cultural landscape and a catalyst for Indiana's international growth for more than 40 years.

View the International Center's Events calendar.

 

Explore Techpoint

Screenshot of Techpoint website calendar of community eventsButler's career development partner Techpoint curates a list of community events for those who want to learn new skills, make new connections, and keep up with happenings around town.

View Techpoint's Community Events calendar.

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Students and Alumni: Put a plan into action.

Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained to actively pursue opportunities that align with your goals. Continue to reflect upon your progress and refine your plan as needed.

We're Here to Help

Headshots of Four ICS Career Advisors (Andy Cassler, Mona Guirguis, Courtney Rousseau, and Jeremy Walthall)In addition to utilizing the resources above, please don't hesitate to reach out at any time:

Thumbnail of ICS Bi-weekly Email NewsletterNewsletter

Sign up for our newsletter. These bi-weekly emails include:

  • career opportunities
  • upcoming events
  • tips for professional development

Social Media

Connect with us online. We can be found on all of the following platforms:

 

Logo for BU Be Well - Career and Life Skills dimensionBU Be Well

Our office supports the Career and Life Skills dimension of BU Be Well.

We help you focus on building and maintaining successful skills for future or current careers, including internships, employment, financial planning, graduate school, and gap year/service programs.

Learn more about BU Be Well.