Expos & Recruiting Events



Fall 2021 Virtual Career and Internship Expo

Due to increased Covid-19 precautions surrounding the highly contagious Delta variant, the IN PERSON CAREER EXPO (September 21) HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Instead, join us virtually on September 23! We had great feedback for the previous two virtual expos, where employers met with over 1300 unique students over the fall and spring semesters. The virtual Expo will be hosted on Handshake's Virtual Fair platform, and we will be communicating the exciting new updates to the software. Like usual, the virtual fairs is open to all Rice majors and current and former students looking for a wide range of opportunities. We’re pleased to partner with the Career Development Office at the Jones Graduate School of Business, making it easier than ever to recruit ALL Rice students.

Thursday, September 23 · 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. · Handshake (virtual)

Register here.

  • For profit: $300 through August 1; $400 after August 1

  • Nonprofit and Education Programs: $200 through August 1; $300 after August 1

  • Rice: $100 -- Rice affiliates and departments are welcome to attend the virtual expo

Refunds for in-person cancellation:

We will be processing refunds for the difference in cost between the in-person Expo and the virtual Expo (or full cost if you can no longer attend), given the recent cancellation. Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing. If you have not been in contact with a member of our Employer Relations Team, please reach out to:

Notice of Cancellation Policy for those already registered virtually

If you need to cancel your registration, please email

  • Before July 15 — Full refund, 10% cancellation fee
  • Between July 16 and September 1 — 75% refund, 10% cancellation fee
  • On and after September 1 — no refund

There are no exceptions to this policy.


Employers who register for the virtual Expo will have the opportunity to host as many as 5 virtual group sessions over the course of the day, as well as an unlimited amount of on on one virtual sessions with students, with the ability to set qualifications for those.


This is our favorite, all-encompassing guide.

If you’re not already a registered employer in Handshake, that’s the first step. Click here.

If you’re new to virtual events in general, we can help. Click here.


This video is a great resource for employers -- your entire team can see how the Handshake platform performs and what to expect logistically. As the event gets closer, we will also be providing some trainings and webinars for employers!


This is a checklist that breaks down each step, and details the processes of registering, creating schedules, marketing yourself, finding students, and more. It's helpful and easy to follow.

Setting up the Fair

Marketing to Students

How to create a Handshake email campaign

How to message students about your upcoming Expo sessions

After the Fair

How to reach out to students and track attendance

Employer Webinar: Recruit at Rice University

Here's a short training to catch you up on all of our Fall 2021 Recruiting Options.

Click here for a short 12 minute "all you need to know" about the virtual Expo training, hosted Spring 2021.


Sponsors will be promoted at BOTH the in-person and virtual Expos, whether you attend both or not.

Premium sponsorship - $5,000

This sponsorship includes enhanced marketing:

  • Double booth at Expo in Sponsorship Row (front of event) with 6 additional representatives
  • Company name and logo on big screen during in-person Expo
  • Company logo on campus-wide ground signs
  • Company logo on t-shirts, given out to 300 students and marketed across campus
  • Logo on event website and Handshake landing page
  • Marketing of company Expo schedule 1 week prior to event
  • Premium recognition in event publicity on Facebook, schedule featured in the student newsletter, in event emails, on flyers, and all other event advertising

Gold sponsorship - $2,500

This sponsorship includes enhanced marketing:

  • Single booth in Sponsorship Row (front of event) with 6 additional representatives
  • Company name and logo on big screen during in-person Expo
  • Company logo on campus-wide ground signs
  • Company logo on Handshake landing page
  • Company logo on Expo sponsorship ads - digital and print
  • A mention of your company on Facebook, in student newsletters, in event emails, and on any Expo flyers

Disability Accommodations

If disability accommodations (e.g., communication access, alternate formats) are needed to participate fully in this event, please contact Katelyn Powell at 713-348-4008 or