1) How many people from our company should attend EECS Networking Night?
We recommend at least 2 people. But you can bring as many as you like. This is a virtual event.
2) Who will be at the event?
Students majoring in the following areas are encouraged to attend:
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
This networking event offers informal time to connect with the students. Each company will give a brief, 60-second introduction of their company. This is followed by four break-out sessions where you'll meet with smaller groups of students who have signed up to learn more about your organization. We plan to use Zoom as our platform.
3) Do the students sign up to meet us? Or do we get to pick who we meet with?
The students pick the companies they will meet with at registration. Occasionally, students who cannot be placed with their first-choice company may be assigned to another group.
Expect to meet with four groups of students during the evening.
4) What is the format for the breakout sessions?
We recommend budgeting half of your time for sharing about your company and the other half for connecting with students. The primary goal is for students to gain information that will help them learn about their employment (and internship) options and make informed decisions.
5) How long until my virtual booth is ready?
Usually in about 2 business days.
6) What materials do you need for our "virtual booth"?
- A 60-second video intro that shares: 1) what your company does/makes, 2) where it's located, 3) why it's fabulous!
- Social media sites you'd like included.
- Relevant job/internship postings.
- Here's a example
8) How does virtual Networking Night work?
Each company representative registered will receive a schedule with links. You can find a tentative schedule here: industry schedule
You will have 4 virtual sessions. Each session has its own link that will be emailed out just prior to the event. We will also have a link for "technical support".
After you join your virtual session, you will be greeted by an OSU rep who will make you a co-host. The rest of the time is yours.
9) Can I share slides?
Yes. Please avoid video presentations. We recommend you devote at least half of your session to engaging the students.
10) Which other companies have registered for the event?
To see the other industry members who have registered, click on the About the Companies link.
11) Do I need to manage which students enter the virtual room?
No. Students sign up ahead of time - so they will receive their own personalized set of links to login to the event with. If something goes awry, the OSU host is there to manage things for you so you can focus on the students.
12) My company is an INSPiRE Industrial Affiliate. What else do we need to do?
A space has already been reserved for your company and you will receive a resume book, but each representative attending the event must register. To register, click on the Company Registration link.
13) I want to register more than 2 people.
When filling out your Company Registration, add the extra representative's names/contact info to the comments section. If you register, and then later discover you need to have an alternate representative at the event, email the person's contact information to Tina Batten so we can update your registration.
14) I have questions about the Engineering Career Fair.
Visit the Career Development Center website. You can register for the fair on Handshake.
15) What is the dress code?
16) What topics should we discuss with the students?
The primary goal here is to share information with the students that will help them learn about their employment (and internship) options and make informed decisions. As you think about your discussion angles you may want to consider:
- Share general information about your organization. What do the students know about your company?
- How would you describe your company's culture?
- How big is your organization?
- If your organization is not in Oregon, describe what your region is like.
- What kinds of engineers/scientists do you hire within your organization and what do those employees do?
- If your organization has multiple sites (in different geographic locations), what are the opportunities and expectations for employee transfers among sites?
- Describe the benefits of joining your company.
- Tell students what your organization looks for in a prospective recruit.
- What general pointers can you give the students for interviewing? What kinds of questions should they ask employers, etc.
- What kind of background or experience do you look for from new college grads or in intern candidates?
- Are you hiring? What job openings or internships do you have and how do people apply?
- Give the students advice on creating an effective resume and interviewing tips.
- Share with them advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were a student.
- If a student is interested in your company, what should they do next?
17) What other ways can I engage students in the School of EECS?
See our Industry Events Calendar for opportunities to meet our EECS students. If you would like, we would love to help you build a student engagement plan that makes sense for your company. Reach out to EECS Corporate Relations to learn more.