Business and Communications Career Fair

Wednesday, October 29 | 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. | Kent Campus Center Hubbell Hall

What is a career fair?

A career fair is an event that brings together employers and students.  Employers come to advertise their open internship, summer, part time, and full time opportunities.  Students come to show their interest in these positions and make contacts with employers in their chosen career fields.

Who should attend a career fair?

1. Students who are looking for internship, summer, part time, or full time opportunities
2. Students who are exploring careers

What employers are attending this career fair?

So far, the below companies have signed up.  Continue checking this website as more confirm their attendance:

Affiliates Management Company
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Affiliates Management Company (AMC) is a wholly-owned holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) that was formed to better integrate and align ACUL’s operating companies, which include: Coopera, PolicyWorks, The Members Group (TMG), and TMG Financial Services. AMC aims to create efficiencies about the operating companies that will ultimately provide value-added products and quality services to their members and clients.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Public Relations, Spanish,
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Bankers Life
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Financial stability, security, and integrity take on a new meaning as you near retirement.  The Bankers Life team understand this.  To help you achieve a secure retirement, our insurance agents get to know you, listen to your concerns and understand your needs.  That’s how we’re able to help provide insurance solutions to last the life of your retirement.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Main office: Clive, IA; Satellite office: Newton, IA
*Representative is an alumnus: Brianne (Trease) Fitzgerald

  • Profile: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relations that change their lives for the better, forever. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Visions is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and strong communities for all.
  • Desired Majors: Management, Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, Sociology
  • Positions Available: Full Time Grant Manager and Internships: Social Media and Special Events

Big Green Umbrella Media
Johnston, IA

  • Profile: Big Green Umbrella Media is an independent, locally owned publishing company reaching more than a half-million monthly readers with our family of newspapers, magazines, websites and social media. Publications Include: Cityview, Relish, Iowa Living magazines, Iowa Momentum, and PIPSQUEAKS
  • Desired Majors: English, Graphic Design, Management, Marketing, Multimedia Journalism , Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Blue Compass Interactive
West Des Moines, IA
*Representative is an alumnus: Cary Coppola

  • Profile: A Des Moines, Iowa based web design & development company specializing in customized online solutions, we work with large and small businesses and organizations all over the country.
  • Desired Majors: Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Buffalo Wild Wings
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Join our Team today! We provide a fun and upbeat atmosphere, flexible schedules, great pay, and tuition reimbursement. Apply online; make sure to select the SE Des Moines location.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Marketing, Public Relations, Sports Administration
  • Positions Available: Part Time

West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Businessolver is a provider of online employee benefits administration services and benefits outsourcing. We have integrated best-in-class customer care with the latest, most innovative technology to automate employer’s insurance benefit enrollment and on-going benefit administration needs.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Fairfield, IA
*Represenative is an alumnus: Barry Waugh

  • Profile: Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. is the leading independent broker dealer specializing in fee-based solutions, by partnering with successful advisory practices. Cambridge combines the small-town traditions of honest hard work, common sense solutions, and courteous personal service with the large-firm opportunities of cutting edge technology, economies of scale, and comprehensive product selection.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Graphic Design, Management, Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship (30 positions for summer 2015!), Full Time

CDS Global
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: CDS Global has been owned by Hearst Corporation since 1982, and for more than 20 years we have been far and away the dominant business process outsourcer to the magazine industry. In fact, if you have ever subscribed to a magazine, the odds are extremely high that you have worked with us without even knowing it.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Open Source Programming Intern; Full Time Customer Service

Central Bank
Locations throughout Iowa

  • Profile: Central Bank exists to maximize sustainable earnings while providing quality financial services to the Storm Lake, Cherokee, Quimby, Washta, Sioux City, Spirit Lake, Ankeny, Urbandale, Des Moines and West Des Moines communities. This is accomplished through a commitment to employee development and directed by adherence to honesty, integrity and sound banking principles.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Economics
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Contemporary Services Corporation
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: CSC is the world leader in crowd management and event security. Established in 1967, CSC currently operates over 50 branch offices throughout the United States and Canada. The experience and expertise that has been garnered in its 47 years continues to make CSC the #1 choice for securing the world’s top venues and events.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Part Time

Cumulus Media
Urbandale, IA

  • Profile: Cumulus Media is more than just a group of radio stations; we offer digital, social, print & onsite marketing opportunities for businesses. As America’s second largest operator of radio stations, Cumulus provides high-impact local marketing solutions in 110 metropolitan areas. Our group in Des Moines consists of 5 stations; NASHFM 97.3 (New Country), 92.5 NASH Icon (Classic Country), 94.9 KGGO (Classic Rock), 98.3 The Torch (News Talk) & AM 1700 The Champ (Sports).
  • Desired Majors: Marketing , Multimedia Journalism, Music, and Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internships, Part Time, Full Time

Madison, WI

  • As a worldwide leader in the development of software for healthcare organizations, Epic is driving change for an entire industry – one that affects the quality of life for everyone.  Our team works with some of the nation’s most respected healthcare organizations and collaborates with the best minds in medicine. The challenges we tackle on a day-to-day basis impact the lives of more than 172 million patients worldwide and 279,000 providers in the US alone, and we’re committed to the common goal of improving healthcare. We’re searching for smart, passionate people who want to achieve great things.  If you want to be part of something truly important, consider a career at Epic.
  • Positions Available: Full Time (Project Manager, Implementation Consultant, Software Tester, Quality Assurance/Technical Services, Problem Solver)

West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: ER Select, founded by president Jill Knittel, is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise through WBENC. While it’s headquartered in Rochester, NY, the company services businesses across the United States as one of the nation’s leading Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) companies, as well as a leading human resources Managed Service Provider (MSP). At ER Select, it’s our mission to become your trusted partner. We believe our expertise, in conjunction with our Select Standards, sets us apart from the rest.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

FBL Financial Group, Inc. (Office of Brad Bross)
Indianola Iowa

  • Profile: Hi, I’m Brad Bross, agency manager with Farm Bureau Financial Services. I want to help you discover a business opportunity that offers the professional independence, work/life balance and level of compensation you’re looking for. I am committed to providing the tools and resources that can help you service our current and future clients while establishing a solid foundation as an agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is a valuable partner to nearly 1,200 commercial bank, credit union, thrift and insurance company members throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.  FHLB Des Moines provides readily available, low-cost liquidity to local lenders in all economic cycles. Member financial institutions have access to a variety of products and services designed to help lower their funding costs, manage liquidity, improve asset and liability management, meet community credit needs, control risk and fund mortgages originated for sale in the secondary market.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Actuary, Computer Science, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship Full Time

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Winterset, IA
*Representatives are alumnus, Sheyenne Manning, and current student Rachel Peterson

  • Profile: Love of Quilting magazine is known for clear and accurate instructions, inspiring projects, and helpful hints, tips, and techniques. Marianne Fons and Liz Porter are two of the most trusted educators in quilting, and they bring their knowledge and skills to every issue.
  • Desired Majors: Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internships, Part Time

Greater Des Moines Partnership
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: This year we will both be marketing positions with Partnernship and all positions available in the Central Iowa region through our Career Center which currently has over 10,000 opportunities for all majors (FT & internships) available. Our Career Center creates a unique way for those seeking employment to interact with those organizations looking for talent.  Job seekers (including interns) can post their resume and direct apply for jobs completely for free.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

o   Specific to the Partnership – Full Time Administrative Assistant, Full Time Graphic Designer, Internships: Workforce Development/Education, Event Management, Economic Development, and Graphic Design

GuideOne Insurance
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Since our inception in 1947, GuideOne Insurance has focused on creating superior, affordable coverage options for our niche customers: churches, schools (K-12) and higher education (colleges, universities, seminaries), home care providers, senior living communities, and auto and home owners.
  • Desired Majors: Actuary, Computer Science, Management, Marketing
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full time

Hy-Vee, Inc.

  • Profile: Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery store chain with more than 230 retail stores and over 70,000 employees. With sales of more than $8 billion, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Its slogan, “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” expresses the foundation of the company’s operating philosophy.

Iowa Army National Guard
Johnston, IA

The IMT Group
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The IMT Group, locally run from its home office in West Des Moines, IA is a property and casualty insurance company serving nearly 800 Independent Agencies in the Midwest. IMT offers a strong line of personal and commercial products for which it has always been known.   IMT is an insurance company advanced in automation and has won awards for innovative technology.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Management
  • Positions Available: Internships, Full Time

KDSM Fox 17
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: KDSM is the local Fox affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. We are a part of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the country.
  • Desired Majors: Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Production Intern & Full Time Sales Account Executive

LightEdge Solutions
Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE

  • Profile: LightEdge Solutions is a leading provider of fully managed network and business services for small and medium sized businesses in the Midwest and Southwest. LightEdge is dedicated to technology leadership and best-in-class service and support. With its Service-on-DemandSM offerings, LightEdge provides fully managed network and business application services, allowing businesses to focus on their core business, gain competitive advantage and scale for growth.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Marketing, Management
  • Positions Available: Full Time (Tier 1 Network Architect, Customer Service Representative, Sales Support/Account Manager; Potential positions in Accounting and Marketing)

Indianola, IA

  • Profile: At Marketlink many of us get paid to own the phone all day. Our 500-plus call center professionals are some of the most gifted talkers in the telemarketing industry, accomplishing things on the phone Alexander Graham Bell could have never imagined.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Part Time (16 hours/week), Full Time

Mediacom Communications Corporation
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: We serve over 1,500 communities throughout the country. While most of our coverage is in America’s smaller cities and towns, we believe our customers deserve the same level of digital services that people receive in major metropolitan areas. We have invested millions of dollars to build a nationwide fiber optic infrastructure to deliver a wide array of advanced products and services including digital cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone service.

Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Menards, based out of Eau Claire, WI, is a privately owned company and leader in the home improvement retail industry. We currently operate over 286 stores across the Midwest. As a company we promote from within, so we are looking for driven team players seeking a rewarding and challenging career with endless opportunity for advancement.
  • Positions Available: Part Time, Internship, Full Time

Midwest Professional Staffing
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Here at Midwest Professional Staffing, we help great people in the areas of accounting, office administration, customer service, and data entry find employment opportunities. We locate talent for temporary, temporary to hire, and full time job opportunities.
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
Ankeny, IA

  • Profile: Modern Woodmen was founded in 1883 and today we continue to serve the financial security needs of our over 759,000 members and their families as one of America’s leading fraternal financial services providers. Our main purpose is to help members plan for their financial security through insurance, investment, annuity, retirement planning and banking products.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Economics, Education, Management, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Mudd Advertising
Cedar Falls, IA
*Representative is an alumnus: Madison Boswell

  • Profile: Mudd Advertising is an exclusive, full-service marketing agency that partners with over 3,000 clients across the United States each year. We deliver results through strategic planning, creative advertising and integrated marketing. As an emerging company with over 170 staff members, Mudd Advertising has the capabilities to provide a full range of marketing services including advertising, digital marketing, database management, direct marketing, production, Internet, public relations, training and consulting.
  • Desired Majors: Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Murphy Tower Service LLC
Carlisle, IA
*Representative is an alumnus: Grace Smith

  • Profile: We build and maintain radio communication towers for all major cell phone carriers as well as municipalities and government entities.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Management, and Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Part Time (up to 24 hours/week)

Northwestern Mutual
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: We’ll help you achieve a lifetime of financial security and we’ll do it unlike anyone else.  We’ll help you develop a comprehensive financial plan that is implemented with proven products and solutions, delivered by a team of experts and backed by Northwestern Mutual’s financial strength.  We don’t have shareholders or report to Wall Street, so we focus on doing what’s right for you.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Palmer Group
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Palmer Group is Des Moines’ premier employment firm. We have 55 professionals in our West Des Moines office and provide more than 300 client companies with a broad range of employment services that include recruiting, professional temporary staffing, high level contracting and outplacement services. Palmer Group recruits for employees on behalf of companies in the Des Moines metro.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Economics, Management, Marketing, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Part Time, Full Time

Pella Corporation
Pella, IA

  • Profile: Pella Corporation is an innovative leader in creating a better view for homes and businesses by designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications. As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its history of innovation, making outstanding products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Principal Financial Group
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®) is a global investment management leader including retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Actuary, Computer Science, Economics, Global Management, Management, Marketing
  • Positions Available: Internships, Full Time

Robert Half
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm.
  • Positions Available: Part Time, Full Time

Rudolf Insurance Consultants
Indianola, IA

  • Profile: As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Indianola, Iowa, Rudolf Insurance Consultants is committed to providing quality insurance products for individuals and businesses. We combine our strong insurance background and product knowledge to assist both current and future clients manage and plan for all types of potential risk. Our team currently specializes in Commercial, Personal, Agricultural, and Environmental insurance products and Financial Services.
  • Desired Majors: Economics, Management, Marketing, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Target Stores

  • Profile: Target offers a world of possibilities in an environment that will encourage you to innovate and contribute ideas. Join a company that’s always moving forward to what’s next. Be a part of a team that has revolutionized retail, championed design, and volunteered thousands of hours giving back to their communities.
  • Desired Majors: Criminal Justice, Human Resources, Management, Pre-Pharmacy, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

Three Razors Media
West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Three Razors Media partners with growth-oriented real estate professionals, construction companies and executive decision-makers to create cutting edge marketing and communications plans that break through the noise. We offer an array of professional marketing and public relations services with an emphasis on developing multimedia campaigns to tell the story of our customers in print, in person and on the web.
  • Desired Majors: Graphic Design, Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Political Science, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Thrivent Financial
Johnston, IA

  • Profile: Thrivent is a national, membership-owned organization of Christians. We help members thrive by being wise with money, living generously and
  • changing lives.
  • Desired Majors: Economics, Management
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

TMC Transportation
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: TMC is one of the largest employee-owned flatbed trucking companies in the United States. With over 40 years of serving the flatbed hauling needs of our country no other carrier has a stronger flatbed freight base or better reputation for delivering excellent service.
  • Positions Available: Internship, Full Time

U.S. Navy

  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Public Relations

Pella, IA

  • Profile: Founded in 1948 by Iowa-native Gary Vermeer, Vermeer Corporation is a premier manufacturer of agricultural, environmental and underground construction equipment. Along the famous “Vermeer mile,” more than 2,000 dedicated employees in seven manufacturing facilities and a world-class training facility continuously create solutions for customers around the world.
  • Desired Majors: Management, Marketing, Pre-Engineering, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, Full Time

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders. Wellmark and its subsidiaries provide health coverage to more than 2 million members in Iowa and South Dakota. And through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellmark is part of a trusted national network that covers more than 100 million people. That’s nearly 1/3 of all Americans.
  • Desired Majors: Actuary, Computer Science, Economics, Management, Marketing, Math, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Wells Fargo
Locations throughout Iowa

  • Profile: Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (, and mobile devices.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Management, Marketing
  • Positions Available: Full Time and Part Time Tellers; Full Time Personal Bankers

WHO-HD Television
Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: NBC affiliate based in Des Moines. Produce news for on air, mobile and online around the clock. Journalists in our news operation include anchors, reporters, producers, photographers and editors. Part-time producing and editing opportunities available for college students and college grads.
  • Desired Majors: Multimedia Journalism
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time

Your Clear Next Step, LLC
Indianola, IA

  • Profile: Your Clear Next Step is a leading provider of Project Management and Business Analysis training and consulting in the Central Iowa area
  • Positions Available: Internship
How do I prepare for the career fair?
  • Research each organization which interests you.  Employers will be impressed if you come with an understanding of what their company does and have intelligent questions prepared.
  • Prepare a solid resume to hand employers of interest.  Check out Career Services’ resume manual to get you stated.  You should also make an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed.
  • Practice your firm handshake, eye contact, and “elevator speech.”  An elevator speech is a 30 second introduction of yourself which includes information on your education, experience, and interest.
What should I wear to the career fair?

Career fair dress is business professional.  Men should wear a suit or nice slacks, a collared shirt, and a tie.  Ladies should wear a skirt or pants suit, nice slacks and a nice top, or a professional dress.  Both genders should stick to conservative colors (black, gray, brown), be aware of necklines and length, and wear minimal jewelry and perfume.  Jeans and sweats should not be worn to this event. 

What are tips for finding success at the Career Fair?
  • Research, Research, Research.  The more you know about the companies that interest you, the easier you conversations with employers will flow.
  • Check your coat and backpack at the door; you will feel more comfortable carrying only your resumes and a professional notepad and pen.
  • Approach employers alone.  While it may feel less daunting to travel the fair with friends, this is your time to shine as an individual.
  • Ask for business cards – this will allow you to follow-up after the career fair is over.
  • Be sincere and thank the employers for their time spent with you.
What if I’m not interested in Business or Communications?

Two more fairs will be held this year:
-S.T.E.M Career Fair: January 28th
-Human Services Career Fair: April 8th