S.T.E.M. Career Fair

Wednesday, January 28th | 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?

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

Aerotek Scientific LLC, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Aerotek Scientific partners with many different scientific clients in the surrounding areas. We take the needs of our clients and the desires of our candidates to find the perfect employment match. We work with clients in various industries including Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, etc. We offer great opportunities for candidates to gain scientific industry experience with various leading companies in the area.
  • Desired Majors: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Neuroscience, Physics
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time, and Full Time

Apex Systems, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Apex Systems, an On Assignment company (NYSE: ASGN), provides organizations with scalable IT staffing solutions to address critical gaps in their current workforce and augment workforce management strategies. We specialize in providing IT professionals for contract, contract-to-hire, direct placement, and managed solutions to clients in Fortune 500, mid-market, and emerging companies. Our specialized technology and industry practice groups help us match the most talented and qualified technical professionals to great companies across the country.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Associated Computer Systems, Ltd, Urbandale, IA

  • Profile: Our passion is simplifying technology and discovering dynamic solutions that help organizations run more efficiently, more profitably and more productively. Solutions that reduce stress and increase confidence in getting work done. Solutions that are tailored to our clients needs, company and business goals.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Athene USA, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Athene USA is a leading provider of fixed indexed annuities.
  • Desired Majors: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics
  • Positions Available: Full Time

BirdDogHR, Urbandale, IA

  • Profile: BirdDog is an emerging applicant tracking and recruiting software as a service (SaaS) provider featuring comprehensive candidate sourcing services, compliance management, social media, referral networking, and reporting & analytics.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Businessolver, 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.  Businessolver’s online platform transparently integrates data and services for: Enrollment and eligibility services, COBRA administration, Billing and financial reporting, Service Center call support, Automated life event document generation, Ongoing life event and dependent eligibility verification.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, English, Management, Marketing, Psychology, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

ChildServe, Johnston, Iowa

  • Profile: ChildServe is a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized pediatric health care services to more than 2,500 children in Iowa. We currently have over 1,100 staff members and our main campus is in Johnston, Iowa.
  • Desired Majors: Biology (Pre-PT), Exercise Science (Pre-PT), Elementary Education, Psychology, Sociology
  • Positions Available: Summer, Part Time, and Full Time

Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown, Iowa

  • Profile: Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Epic, Verona, Wisconsin

  • Profile: 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 180 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.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

ESCO Group, Marion, Iowa

  • Profile: ESCO Group was founded in 1964, as ESCO Electric. In the past 50 years, the business grew from a two-man operation from home, to a company that employs over 300 people with three offices throughout Iowa and one in Colorado.  ESCO maintains the values of a home-grown, genuine company, but has the experience, proficiency, and resources of a major, competitive business that offers expert services with top-notch employees.  We focus on three key areas: automation engineering, electrical construction, and safety.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science, Physics, Pre-Engineering
  • Positions Available: Internship and 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.
    Our employees benefit from a smaller organization that provides opportunities to make a difference while enjoying the benefits and perks of a larger employer.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Computer Science  Economics, Marketing, Math, Multimedia Journalism, Physics, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Feed Energy and FEC Solutions, Pleasant Hill, IA

  • Profile: Riley Resource Group is a collection of related companies who serve the agricultural industry and the communities in which we live and work. Feed Energy and FEC Solutions are two businesses that help make up the Riley Resource Group. Feed Energy is an agribusiness firm primarily engaged in producing a high-energy, liquid feed ingredient. The company produces and distributes throughout the Midwest scientifically balanced ingredients specific to their customers’ needs. FEC Solutions is at the forefront of process improvement, technology development, new product development and marketing of material for bioprocessing facilities including ethanol and biodiesel plants.
  • Desired Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Engineering
  • Positions Available: Internship

Fleenor Mfg. Inc., Pella, IA

  • Profile: Fleenor Mfg produces a line of patented hydraulic products for the industrial and mobile equipment markets. Fleenor Mfg. also performs contract product development for other companies providing turn key solutions. In addition, Fleenor Mfg. has won two National Science Foundation SBIR grants for reducing diesel fuel consumption in recovering woody biomass.
  • Desired Majors: All majors
  • Positions Available: Internship

GuideOne Insurance, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: GuideOne has an “A” rating from A.M. Best, employs approximately 750 individuals across the country, and is licensed to do business in all 50 states. We strive to hire the best people, enhance professional growth through training and development, and provide the resources to encourage employees to pursue the highest levels of excellence. In addition, GuideOne employees are rewarded for their personal contributions when the company reaches its profitability goals. Our work environment for our employees is caring and motivating with strong open communication. Our success is exemplified by a 94% retention rate and an average 15 years of tenure.
  • Desired Majors: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

The IMT Group, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The IMT Group, locally run from its home office in West Des Moines, Iowa, IMT has been a Midwest company since it was founded in Iowa in 1884. Today, The IMT Group consists of IMT Insurance Company and Wadena Insurance Company. IMT continues to offer the strong line of personal and commercial products for which it has always been known. While we are proud of our past, we are also proactively planning for the future. We are an insurance company advanced in automation and have won awards for our innovative technology.
    The employees at The IMT Group benefit from a fun (yet professional) environment that helps boost employee morale and keep all cylinders engaged and enthused at an optimum level. The IMT Group is proud to be named a “Top Workplace in Iowa” for 2 consecutive years!
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science, Management (Finance & Insurance)
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources-DNR works to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.
    DNR is recruiting for the following temporary positions:
    -AmeriCorps summer positions for: park interpreters, park trail crew members  and working at the Ames State Forest Nursery
    -Summer  employees for  ATV and Water Patrol Officers
    -Accounting Interns- Summer and Fall
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Biology, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science
  • Positions Available: Internship and Summer

Iowa State University Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, Ames, IA

  • Profile: At Iowa State University, you can add a graduate degree to your education in as few as 2 semesters. Learn about the One-Year Non-Thesis MS in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Desired Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Neuroscience, Physics

Keyot, West Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Keyot, a boutique consulting firm offers an emerging leader program, Crew212 which identifies top talent college graduates with an interest in Programming, Project Delivery, and Operational roles. With up to 200 hours of training in year one, outstanding roles at our clients and little to no travel, Crew212 consultants quickly build the skills and experience needed to excel in today’s challenging business and technology environments. Our consultants get exposure to a variety of Fortune Ranked organizations ranging from financial, healthcare, agriculture to technology firms that are seeking young professionals to help develop business capabilities.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Management, Marketing, Pre-Engineering, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Full Time

LightEdge Solutions, Des Moines, IA

  • 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. LightEdge is headquartered in Des Moines, with offices in Cedar Rapids, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha and Moline.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Logan University, Chesterfield, MO

  • Profile: Logan University is dedicated to maximizing human performance through innovative health education. We educate based on evidence-informed curriculum and immersive opportunities, ensuring Logan graduates can restore health and function to patients by leading in the integrated health care system. Complementing our flagship Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, the College of Health Sciences offers accelerated undergraduate coursework, bachelor and master’s degrees, ranging from Sports Science and Rehabilitation to Nutrition and Human Performance. Logan offers undergraduate and post-graduate coursework online and on our 112-acre campus in suburban St. Louis.
  • Desired Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Pre-Med, Pre-PT

Manpower of Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Manpower’s recruiters are expert in placing professionals from a variety of fields including IT, accounting, HR, engineering and administrative support. Each year we match hundreds of candidates in Central Iowa to the needs of local employers. Our reputation attracts top candidates and premium clients. We are widely known as a door-opener to outstanding employment opportunities.
  • Desired Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Marketing , Management, Public Relations, Pre-Engineering
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Marine Corps Office Selection Team

  • Profile: The Marine Corps has been America’s expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. We are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries’ forces and agencies in multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us “First to Fight,” and our nation’s first line of defense.
    The USMC is part of the Department of the Navy. However, we’re not just an infantry unit. We have over 24 military occupational specialties, including artillery, tanks, logistics, finance, public affairs, military intelligence, and supply.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Marshalltown Company, Marshalltown, Iowa

  • Profile: Standing on a strong foundation of quality and growing through innovation for over 100 years, Marshalltown Company has grown to become one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of construction tools.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Mittera, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: A social media and technology solutions provider based in the western gateway park area of downtown Des Moines.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science, Graphic Design, Mathematics, Marketing
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City, IA

  • Profile: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Walnut Creek), located in Jasper County, Iowa, is a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the federal government. The Refuge was created by an act of Congress in 1990 to re-create 8000 acres of tallgrass prairie and oak savanna, the native plant and animal communities existing in central Iowa prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1840’s.  Refuge staff and volunteers are working with conservation officers, schools, scientists, and prairie enthusiasts to preserve a piece of Iowa’s natural heritage.
  • Desired Majors: Biology, Education, Environmental Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

OmniVista Solutions, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: OmniVista Solutions is a premier financial services consultancy firm, focusing on Asset and Wealth Management, Capital Markets, and Hedge Funds space. Our specialty and primary focus is on providing technology related services to the investment community. We have three branch locations; New York City (New York), Des Moines (Iowa) and Dubai (UAE).
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: 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. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company provides careers for about 6,500 team members and is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity, and practicing environmental stewardship.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: Professional. Collaborative. Customer-centric. Community Oriented. Fun.
    It’s not what we do, it’s who we are. What began in 1879 is now a successful financial services company, with employees who give people an edge, not just once but every day.
    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, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

QCI, Clive, IA

  • Profile: Information Technology consulting firm based in Des Moines, Iowa, QCI provides software development, project management, business analysis, and other IT-related services for our clients.
    Why QCI? QCI has successfully completed custom development projects for a long list of satisfied clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial companies who require superior software development skills and expert project management. Clients representing many diverse industries choose QCI to ensure the success of their key technology projects. Our clients come to us because we deliver real business results.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Robert Half, Des Moines, IA

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

Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: The Science Center of Iowa, located in downtown Des Moines, will be hiring summer camp counselors/educators for the summer day camp program.  This unique program combines science education, recreation and summer fun!
    Camp Educators are responsible for providing a fun, safe and educationally-effective learning environment in a science day-camp setting. Counselors are responsible for creating and implementing camp curriculum with exciting, hands-on activities around selected science topics. Counselors also are responsible for providing ongoing, daily supervision and mentoring up to 22 children ranging from 4-14 years old. Additional duties for camp related events and activities may be assigned throughout the year.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship, Part Time and Full Time

SHAZAM (ITS, Inc.), Johnston, IA

  • Profile: SHAZAM provides electronic funds transfer (EFT) products and services to our member financial institutions. Beyond our core business of routing financial transactions from an ATM or POS to the cardholder’s financial institution for approval, SHAZAM provides a full range of EFT services such as Fraud Protection, authorization services, stand-in services, ACH services, terminal driving, mobile applications, and much more.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science
  • Positions Available: Full Time

Source Allies, Des Moines, IA

  • Profile: We are Source Allies: Allies to each other, Allies to our clients, Allies to our community. We are a locally-owned and based technical consulting company powered by people in  slippers!
    Partnering with local clients in the Des Moines area, we assist in: software development, web & desktop applications, technical infrastructure, project management and coaching, etc. We pride ourselves in taking ownership of the products and projects with which we assist, therefore creating lasting relationships with our clients. We’re fortunate to work with some great companies, and to have an impact in our local community!
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

Target Stores, Nationwide

  • Profile: From our Minneapolis-based headquarters to over 1,800 stores and more than 35 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, 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. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, IA

  • Profile: Student Admissions Office in the College of Dentistry for Student Recruitment.
  • Desired Majors: Biology, Pre-Dentistry

United States Army

  • Profile: The United States Army has over 150 jobs to choose from if you qualify.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Part Time and Full Time

United States Navy

  • Profile: Today, the U.S. Navy has the distinction of being the world’s premier naval power. Complete with the big ships that one would most commonly associate with it. But to really understand why there’s a need for a sea-based military organization in this day and age, just consider that 70% of the earth is covered in water, 80% of the planet’s population lives within close proximity to coastal areas, and 90% of global commerce is conducted by sea. Any way you look at it, supremacy on the waterways of the world will always be critical. And whether it’s by way of oceans, canals, rivers or littoral areas, there remains a great need for the Navy to be out there.
  • Desired Majors: All Majors
  • Positions Available: Part Time and Full Time

Vermeer, Pella, IA

  • Profile: Founded in 1948 by Iowa-native Gary Vermeer, Vermeer Corporation is a premier manufacturer of agricultural, environmental and underground construction equipment. The Vermeer product lineup includes forage equipment, brush chippers, stump cutters, compost turners and grinders, as well as horizontal directional drilling systems, utility and track trenchers, and mini skid steers. 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: Computer Science, Management, Marketing, Pre-Engineering, Public Relations
  • Positions Available: Internship and 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.
    We offer flexible benefit designs, competitive prices, and a large selection of providers. Nearly all physicians and hospitals in Iowa and South Dakota participate with Wellmark, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association provides extensive national and international coverage.
  • Desired Majors: Computer Science, Marketing
  • Positions Available: Internship and Full Time
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 the STEM fields?

One more fair will be held this year:
-Human Services Career Fair: April 8th