Connect with Employers

Career and Talent Development (CTD) encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to get to know employers firsthand. This is a great way to learn about what potential employers offer and what you need to land the job you want. Browse below for opportunities.

Career Connections

Career Connections grants students the opportunity to have professionals within their area of interest to review their resume and provide interviewing and networking tips targeted towards their career interest. Opportunities include:

  • Information sessions
  • Tabling
  • Coffee exchange
  • Career site visits
  • Resume Fest
  • LinkedIn review
  • Access the Career Closet for professional work attire

Career Connections will give you access to the new and current tools to get the job. As a student you will have the opportunity to engage in an event or with a professional in your career area of interest.

FIU Panther Shadows program

The FIU Panther Shadows program is a one-day opportunity for FIU students and alumni to connect with employers, community partners, and professional alumni to observe and learn about professional roles related to majors and industries of interest. Explore different career possibilities and see firsthand how classroom skills apply in the workplace. Meet and network with employers who are ready to hire FIU Panther students and alumni.

Job shadowing allows you to observe professionals in industry and careers of your interest in their typical workday. This program serves as a form of experiential learning, where you as a participant can see what it is like in the “day in the life” of a professional. This opportunity can also help you get your foot in the door for that competitive job or internship you have been waiting for!

The next Panther Shadows Program will take place in Fall 2022. Panther Shadows can take place virtually or in-person.

  • Benefits
    • Networking with employers, community partners, and professional alumni
    • Direct exposure into possible careers related to your major of interest
    • Connect classroom learning into the work environment
    • Experience a professional workplace setting
    • Gain knowledge on critical career readiness competencies needed in the workplace
  • Program Timeline
    • Student Applications open  
    • Information Sessions:
    • Applications close 
    • Shadows Take Place Virtually or in-person  
    • Panther Shadows post survey opens  
  • Participant Requirements
    • To apply to the FIU Panther Shadows program opportunities you must have an active account on Handshake and an updated and approved resume.
      • The resume needs to include your major, GPA, and your anticipated graduation date.
    • Once your resume has been approved on Handshake, you will be able to apply to all FIU Panther Shadows opportunities.
      • Attend one of the FIU Panther Shadows Program Participant Information Session to learn more about the program and how it works!
      • Before the Application Close deadline, search through Handshake for posting listed as “FIU Shadows:__” and apply to those you are interested.

          ***Limit your application to your top 3 FIU Panther Shadows opportunities.***

    • If you are selected for the program, you must attend one of two dates provided for the Mandatory Participant Orientation Session. This session is designed to brief you on logistics, planning, and to sign off on waivers.
  • FIU Panther Shadows Overview (Video)

The FIU Panther Shadows program does not provide academic credit or monetary compensation; it is solely for the purpose of observation and networking. Participants are responsible for their meals, as well as, travel costs to and from their FIU Panther Shadows host site.

For questions or additional information, please contact CTD at

"Working with the FIU Career and Talent Department has been an amazing experience, from an employer standpoint. I've partnered with them for a few events, but one of my favorite has been Panther Shadow Program. We had a few students come and shadow a few of the execs in our organization in December 2019. The students sent were professional and eager to learn. I was very impressed with the young lady that shadowed me and kept her contact information. This year, I was given additional headcount for my department. I contacted her immediately for an interview and after interviewing a few candidates, she definitely stood out. I'm happy to announce that she was hired within the organization and I'm excited to be part of her growth and development within the HR world!"

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Behavioral Family Solutions

Information Sessions

CTD hosts multiple information sessions every semester, on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC), Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) and at the Engineering Center (EC). This allows recruiters from a variety of industries to talk about their organization on campus, discuss their hiring needs, and what kinds of positions and employees they will be looking for. 

Some information sessions are hosted in a traditional format while other can be more casual. While requirements for attire may not always be shared by the employer, we strongly suggest students and alumni to dress professionally at information sessions to make a strong first impression. To find out if a company will be hosting an information session, please check your Handshake account under the “Events” tab.

This is an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to network with a prospective employer, as well as to get an idea of what different companies and organizations are seeking in future employees.

On Campus Interviews

Each semester, employers come to campus to interview FIU students and alumni for full-time and internship positions. FIU’s on campus recruitment seasons typically occurs late September through mid-November and late January through early March. 

It is in your best interest to only accept interviews or sign-up for interviews that you are interested on and will be able to attend. Failing to show to an interview can impact your Handshake access and hurt your professional network.

  • Attend an interview

    Students can view available on campus interviews via Handshake. 

    Sign up on Handshake 

  • Canceling an interview

    Students and alumni must personally contact Career and Talent Development at least two (2) business days before the scheduled interview to cancel their interview. Failure to show up for an interview or failure to comply with the interview cancellation policy will result in immediate loss of interviewing privileges and resume referrals for one month. To request reinstatement of privileges, students and alumni must call our front desk at (305) 348-2423 to make an appointment with the Assistant Director for On Campus Recruitment. Second offenders will result in immediate loss of interviewing privileges and resume referrals for the remainder of the semester.

Lunch Time Sessions

CTD hosts Lunch Time Sessions with employers on Wednesdays from 12pm – 1pm.

Lunch Time Sessions – Employer Led Webinars

Employers provide a virtual information session that offer students a workshop component, company profile, and job posts or internships that are available. Lunchtime sessions are held via the Adobe Connect App. You will also get to find out when they will be on campus for other events. These virtual sessions are led by company recruiters, directors, or student alumni within the company, or graduate schools.

For a list of upcoming Lunch Time Sessions, please go to your Handshake account at, click on Events and click Virtual Session under TYPE. Sessions can last from 30 minutes to an hour.