Tufts University Employer Newsletter – September 2023

Dear Employer Partners,

Tufts students have returned to campus, and the fall semester officially began on September 5th. It is a busy and exciting time! We are eager to welcome students and employers to our career fairs later this month — as a reminder, registration for the fairs closes Friday, 9/8. We hope you can join us!

We are also still welcoming sponsorships for one or both of our fairs. Sponsoring is a great way to promote your organizations and jobs, internships, and co-ops to students. You can select a sponsorship package when you register for the fairs through Handshake. Get complete details regarding sponsorships for the In-Person and Virtual Career Fairs here.

As always, feel free to connect with our team to discuss your upcoming recruitment needs!


Employer Relations Team
Supporting the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and The School of Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts

🍁 Fall Virtual Career Fair — Registration Deadline, Friday, Sept. 8th 

This fall we will be hosting a virtual career fair followed by an in-person career fair (keep scrolling for in-person fair details!) Similar to this spring, we will be utilizing Handshake for our Fall 2023 Virtual Career Fair. Employers can host 30-minute group sessions throughout the fair and conduct 10-minute 1-on-1 video conversations with students.

Registration Fees for Fall 2023 Virtual Career Fair:

Virtual Career Fair Format

  • We recommend that employers plan to have at least 2-5 representatives attend the fair to be able to host 30-minute group sessions concurrent with 10-minute 1:1 individual chat sessions with students.
  • We encourage attending employers to host at least one group session as it is the most efficient way to reach several unique students. Each group session can have a different descriptive title if you want to engage in a variety of topics, such as general info sessions, Ask Me Anything panels, a session around a particular role you are hiring for, etc.
  • Employers need to build out their schedules in advance of student registration opening. Students can only sign up for group sessions or one-on-one sessions after these are finalized and made visible in Handshake.
  • Employers should update their Handshake profiles with new jobs and internships well in advance of the fair date.
  • Please highlight any Tufts alumni representatives by listing their name, class year, and major in your employer description for the fair.
  • Students have the opportunity to attend a Tufts Virtual Career Fair preparation session to learn more about how to navigate a virtual career fair.
  • Students will be required to schedule all one-on-one chat sessions and group sessions in advance of the fair. We are not responsible for students who attend the virtual event and are unable to access sessions or chats on the day of the event.
  • For more information about navigating Handshake’s Virtual Fair, view their Virtual Career Fair Quick Start Guide.

Register for the Virtual Fair

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🍎 Fall In-Person Career Fair — Registration Deadline, Friday, Sept. 8th 

We are thrilled to be hosting an in-person Career Fair again following our successful fairs this past year. We will be welcoming up to 200 employers across various industries in the Tufts Gantcher Center. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Fees for Fall 2023 In-Person Career Fair:  

Each In-Person Career Fair registration includes the following: 

  • Set-up for organizations beginning at 10 AM in Gantcher Family Sports & Convention Center
  • Registration for 2 representatives. Please note: Additional representatives may be added for $50 each, up to a total of four representatives per company.
  • 1 Table (6ft x 30in) and 2 chairs (bring tablecloth from your organization for your table)
  • Bagged lunch is provided to each representative
  • Resume book sent to organization following Career Fair (students will opt-in to have resumes sent to employers)
  • Note: In an effort to reduce waste, we encourage employers to create QR codes where students can access informational materials about your company virtually. In lieu of hard copies of flyers, pamphlets, and other materials, consider linking to your website, promotional videos, a slide deck, etc. via a QR code that can be displayed at your table.

Employers must follow all Tufts University COVID Policies for visitors to attend this Career Fair.  View Career Fair COVID policies.

Register for the In-Person Fair

💼 Two-For-One Fair Attendance and Sponsorships

Interested in both of our fair options? If you register for our in-person fair, you are invited to attend our virtual fair for no additional charge. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please take the following steps by September 8th:

1.) Register for our In-Person Career Fair

2.) Register for our Virtual Career Fair

3.) Your Virtual Career Fair registration fee will be waived in Handshake by our Career Center staff

Our In-Person Career Fair is limited to 200 employers, and we only have 50 spots left, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can! If you have any questions, please reach out to willa.mayo@tufts.edu.

We also invite you to sponsor one or both career fairs as a great way to promote your organization and jobs, internships, and co-ops to students. You can select your Sponsorship package when you register for the in-person and/or virtual career fair through Handshake.    

Get complete details regarding sponsorships for the In-Person and Virtual Career Fairs

Hiring International Students from Tufts University

Tufts University is a diverse community with students coming from more than 110 countries and 50 states across the U.S.  About 13% of students are foreign citizens, and they bring a wide array of skills and competencies that can benefit employers upon graduation.

We wanted to provide some information that highlights the ways that international students can join your organization as interns or full-time employees and the legal routes in place to make this happen for your organization. Read more here!

Employer Offer Policies for Tufts University

We know that many organizations will be in the process of extending offers for both internships and full-time positions in the coming weeks. Last fall the Tufts Career Center revised our approach regarding offer timelines for students. We developed these guidelines using best practices outlined by our professional organization, The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and hope that they are helpful as both students and employers make final decisions regarding offers.

Some factors that employers should consider when determining offer deadlines:

  • Housing & relocation — Does the student have enough time to research housing costs and availability in the area of the position?
  • Proximity to graduation — Does the student have time to explore a wide range of options in advance of graduation?
  • Time to make offers to other students if initial offers are not accepted — Will the student pool be sharply decreased by a delay?
  • Prior experience with candidate — Does the student believe a prior internship will lead to a job offer?
  • Impact of technology — How quickly can offers be extended along with offer details, such as salary, benefits, and bonuses?

The Career Center team works closely with students around the offer negotiation process, so please reach out to us if you have any questions.

The full details on recommended dates and timelines are listed on the Employer Policies section of the Tufts Career Center website.

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The Employer Relations team welcomes your outreach and connection with us.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible and look forward to hearing from you. Our staff members support undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni across the three schools: The School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts.

Please check out our Employer Relations website for all information including policies (e.g. offers to students) and other great information about engaging with Tufts University.

Sue Atkins, Associate Director, Employer Relations

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Kate Rettstadt, Assistant Director, Employer Relations 

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Willa Mayo, Recruitment Coordinator, Employer Relations   

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By Willa Mayo
Willa Mayo Recruiting Coordinator, Employer Relations