GIS Networking & Career Fair

If you'd like to participate in any way during our 2020 Career Fair, please send us an email at 

Fair Overview

The GIS Networking and Career Fair is an event put on by the GIS Student Organization at the University of Minnesota. It is free to attend and open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in GIS. The GIS Networking and Career Fair offers a vendors hall, professional GIS speakers, a resume review with GIS professionals, and opportunities to network. 

Participating 2020 Vendors:

2020 Guest Speakers:

12:00 pm Jon Commers, Founder of Visible City GIS Consultant. 

"The Geospatial Landscape in the Private Sector "

The nature of location is evolving thanks to multiple overlapping factors. In the US and in other countries, people are increasingly seeking places to live that are more connected and less car-dependent. Teleworking has doubled in the last decade. Our ability to distribute products digitally and globally has grown substantially. At the same time, firms and public agencies are increasing their attention to evaluation of investments and productivity to maximize impact. All together, these shifts are translating to a very dynamic marketplace in the trading of geospatial data and analysis. The private sector is just beginning to unlock the potential of geospatial, and is headed into a decade of dramatic transformation - and challenge.

1:00 pm Sandi Stroud, Director at MnGeo and Deputy Geospatial Information Officer at the State of Minnesota. 

“Public Safety: Broaden your GIS Career Options”

The use of GIS in public safety is often overlooked as a career field for new graduates. The opportunities available are different than other fields in that public safety is a mission driven discipline by which often geo-driven decisions can be the differentiator to saving a life or rescuing someone in danger. I have spent my GIS career working to support the public safety sector and found both technical and leadership opportunities. In this session we will explore sections of public safety that use GIS (emergency management, first responders and 911), how GIS is used an opportunities for career growth. 

2:00 pm Paul BolstadProfessor in the Department of Forest Resources at the U of M-Twin Cities. 

"The Geospatial Competency Model is a Real Thing"

Students often ask themselves, each other, and occasionally their academic advisors "What courses should I take to get a job?" While a valid question, it is an incomplete focus on what they can do to improve their chances for a successful and happy career. I will describe what GIS&T employers want, how you might best develop those skills here and after graduation, and cover case studies and observations on past students and current professionals. 

We had some fantastic guest speakers join us in 2019 to share how they use GIS in their projects.
To view information about last years speakers, click here.

Questions about the fair?

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2020 Registration 


Are you interested in having a booth at the Career Fair? If so, please go to here to sign up for a table and provide additional details.

Students & Members of the Public

Are you interested in attending this year's Career Fair? Please fill out this attendee registration form to RSVP.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room (3rd Floor)