Info for Interviewing Companies

January 18 - 21, 2019 | Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Thank you for bringing your company to interview this year at Student Summit. Please find the answers to your questions below. If you still have other questions that cannot be answered here, please reach out to Shannon Van Duren:

2019 Student Summit Event App:

Before the event, please download the Student Summit event app, entitled “TAPPI Onsite”, on the AppStore or Google Play for up-to-date schedule information, speaker information, local dining recommendations and evaluations. Your app login information is the e-mail you registered with, and your registration confirmation number as the password. Note: If you registered company attendees other than yourself, or if your name was registered by a company representative, each individual company attendee will receive a unique confirmation number by Monday, Jan 9. On-site registrations will receive a confirmation number on-site. See TAPPI Registration if you have questions or any difficulty with the mobile app.

Schedule below is tentative; room locations will be announced.

Friday, January 18: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, January 19: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday, January 20: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Once you check-in at the Registration Desk, you will be given your assigned booth number(s) according to your interview sponsorship.

Each interview booth with three chairs, surrounded by pipe and drape for privacy. Additional booths are available at $500 each. Your sponsorship includes registration for two company representatives. To register additional company representatives ($150 each) or acquire additional booth space, please contact Mary Beth Cornell at

You are free to pre-schedule interviews at ANY time in the Interview Area rooms during scheduled hours. Interviews run simultaneous with the student sessions so that students can interview at the scheduled times you agree upon and still participate in the program when they are free.

Networking and Career Fair

The Networking and Career Fair will be held on Saturday.  Exact time will be announced.

Each interviewing company will have a single tabletop in this area for company displays and information.  This can be set up as early as Friday at noon. This area will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday.  (all tabletops need to be broken down by 8:00pm on Sunday).

FYI - The Conference program will effect the foot traffic in this area.  Expect visitors at your tabletop before the program begins each morning, during breaks, and when sessions end.  Sunday breakfast will also be served in this area to allow for additional networking at your leisure.

Everyone is invited to attend the Networking and Career Fair. This is an interactive event, a chance for you to meet students face-to-face and schedule additional interviews on-site. Please be prepared for students to present their resumes and request interviews if they do not have one scheduled with you already, as this is completely anticipated.

Conference Schedule

The exact program schedule will be announced in the fall.   In general, students will be in sessions and interactive activities on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. The Engineering Competition will be held Sunday morning and is an exciting, well-attended event. You are invited to observe.

On Monday, no interviews will take place, as students and advisors will be on mill tours off-site.

Common FAQs

How many students will attend the event total?

We generally have about 170-190 student in attendance. Total attendance will be about 230-250 including advisors and company representatives.

How many people can I send from my company?

The Interview and Career Fair sponsorship includes two complimentary exhibitor registrations. If you send more than two representatives, each additional company representative can attend for $150 per person.

How many interview booths do we get?

Each company that purchases an Interview and Career Fair Package receives one complete interview booth (10x10). Each booth includes one table and three chairs for the company representatives and the interviewee. Additional interview booths can be purchased for $500 each and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, based on availability. Please email prior to the event if you'd like to purchase additional interview booths so that we can accommodate your needs. See TAPPI Registration for purchasing additional booths on-site.

Where are the interviews going to be held?

This will be announced, but they will be in close proximity to the session rooms and Career Fair area.

How will the interview process work on site?

Students will be briefed on where the interviews are being held and what the procedure is. When students arrive, they will wait in a small reception area away from your booth(s). When your company representatives are ready for them, you will retrieve them from the reception area and show them to your assigned booth. It is most likely that they will not go to your booth unless you retrieve them. They will only arrive prior to their interview time, and should vacate the area once their interview is over.

Where can I get the resumes of students attending Student Summit?

Once you have signed-up to be an Interview and Career Fair sponsor, you will be sent a username and password to view the resumes online. It is your responsibility to contact students and schedule interviews ahead of time to take place during the Summit.

Tabletop FAQs

How many tabletops does my company get in the Networking and Career Fair area?

Each company receives one tabletop (one 6ft table) in the pre-function area. There will be space for company handouts, pull-up signs, or tabletop display. It is ideal that companies bring enough items for your table and any handouts to give away.

Where can I ship my display items?

Shipping information will be announced in ample time to plan ahead.