Cost to attend

Students: Free
Recruiting companies/organizations: 
For-profit Rate: $600 per event/$1,000 for both
Non-profit Rate: $500 per event/$850 for both
Government Rate: $100 per event (incl. up to 2 free lunches)
OFIC Member Graduate Programs: $0 (one per campus)
Non-OFIC Graduate Programs: $500 per event/$850 for both

Upcoming Events



Friday, September 28, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44113



Friday, February 1, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ohio Expo Center - Cardinal Hall
717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

Welcome recruiters from city, county, state
and federal government, as part of Government Career Day!

CareerFest Sponsor: 


Students: Registration for the Cleveland CareerFest on 9/28 is now open!

Recruiters: Online registration is now open for our Cleveland event in September and Columbus in 2019.


Students and graduates of OFIC member colleges and universities are admitted at no cost. Professional attire is encouraged.

CareerFest is one of Ohio's largest career and internship fairs designed specifically for students attending any of OFIC’s member colleges and universities. The next event will be held in Cleveland on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Want to get a head-start? Our new job board, OFIC Connect, is now available to all students of OFIC colleges and universities or recruiters attending CareerFest. Best of all - the job board is free! Go here to get started.

The OFIC CareerFest provided unmatched opportunity to meet established businesses who are looking for talented young students. Not only did I land the internship I was seeking, but in the process I also connected with several other likeminded students that are now part of my ever growing network. The OFIC CareerFest is an event that undoubtedly changed my future career path for the better. I will always encourage other individuals to attend the event and get a jump start to a better and brighter career.
— Mark, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Both events provide an efficient and enjoyable way for companies and organizations to address human capital needs. If you are seeking quality interns and recent college graduates, this is THE career fair for you! 

CareerFest is ONLY open to students and alumni of our 33 member institutions (see the list here) and student ID is required to attend these events.

Weather note:  CareerFest will ONLY be cancelled in the event of a Level 3 weather emergency.

OFIC is consistently our favorite career fair to attend.
The students are always prepared & represent a diverse background.
— Speedway

Why choose OFIC's CareerFest?

  • OFIC provides this venue for current and future OFIC donors and other organizations that recognize the excellence of OFIC colleges and universities and their students.

  • It offers the largest amount of potential employees in one place at one time in the state.

  • Our colleges offer our students small class sizes, excellent undergraduate instruction, and a strong commitment to ethics and values. This environment produces graduates who are technically proficient in their major field and broadly educated to adapt to change.

Private college graduates are known for their:

  • Analytical problem solving skills

  • Written and verbal communication skills

  • Innovative solutions

  • Leadership experience

To register your company or organization:

  • Use the Online Registration Form to submit your registration and pay online

  • Complete the Registration Form and mail in a check for your registration fees (registration is not complete until check is received by OFIC)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received prior to one month before the event, will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. No registration refunds will be given for cancellations received after one month prior the event. All advertising fees are non-refundable. This policy is subject to change.


Wendy Thornton
OFIC, CareerFest Coordinator
614-469-1950, ext. 108