BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University will welcome more than 140 employers to its annual fall Ag-Bio Career Fair on Wednesday, October 4. The event is hosted by the SDSU College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences and the Office of Career Development. The fair will take place in the University Student Union from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A total of 143 employers from 10 different states will represent a multitude of industries, including agronomy, business, dairy, equipment, finance, food, government, horticulture, livestock, manufacturing, medical, natural resources, poultry, swine, precision ag, research and technology. Employers will be recruiting for both internships and full-time positions. Fifty of the companies are registered to conduct interviews with potential candidates the day after the fair.
“The Ag-Bio Career Fair is open to all Ag-Bio students. It is a great opportunity for them to connect face-to-face with employers,” said Donald Marshall, interim dean of Agriculture & Biological Sciences. “The career fair gives our students the chance to learn about internship and career opportunities and to make an impression with recruiters.” More than 700 students typically attend the annual event.
For the second consecutive year, a mobile app will be used to help students and employers navigate the Ag-Bio Career Fair, which is the largest on-campus fair. “This year we are using Career Fair Plus,” said Matt Tollefson, career coach for the College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences. “The app allows students to view all of the employers at the fair and to filter by industry or major. Students also can add employers to a personalized list of favorites and much more. We will launch the app a few days before the event so that students can use it to pre-plan their time at the fair.” The app is free to download from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Premier sponsors for this year’s Ag-Bio Career Fair are: Agropur, Bayer, CHS, DuPont Pioneer, Farmward Cooperative, JBS, Syngenta and Wheat Growers.
About the College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences
The College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences is one of the eight colleges that make up South Dakota State University. Like the university, the college has a three-fold mission to teach, conduct research, and use extension programs to serve people in South Dakota, the nation, and the world. For more information, visit the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences webpage.
About the Office of Career Development
The Office of Career Development is a centralized career center dedicated to helping students develop lifelong career management skills and serving as a bridge between students (talent) and employers (opportunity). For more information, visit the Office of Career Development webpage.
About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing nearly 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs. The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state. For more information, visit SDSU online.