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2020 IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30
University Hall & Thomas H. Swain Room, McNamara Alumni Center

The Design of Medical Devices Conference, in cooperation with the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and, will be hosting a unique opportunity, for those seeking employment or internships, to network with medical device industry professionals and companies. The IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference will be held Wednesday, April 8 and is open to the public, registration is required. Onsite registration will begin at 5:30pm on April 8 in University Hall & Thomas H. Swain Room, McNamara Alumni Center.

Company Participants & Job Seekers are Required to Register
Non-Conf Sponsors
= $300; 2020 DMD Sponsors = $200; Job Seekers= $0

Confirmed Companies: Click Here for Company Registration

3M - Abbott - AtriCure - Boston Scientific - Medtronic - MN DEED - Quartus - UMN Patent Law Program

Career Seekers- How to Prepare

Career Seekers Registration


  • There is NO FEE for career seekers to attend but YOU MUST REGISTER specifically for this event. Registration will close on April 3 but onsite registration will be available. (The IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference is open to the public.)
  • Create or update your resume.
  • Make 10-15 copies of your resume on quality paper.
  • Research the organizations attending so you can talk easily to the ones that interest you.
  • Prepare a few sentences to introduce yourself.
  • Come up with a few questions to ask the company reps.
  • Consider your clothes! Look professional.
    Women: Professional-looking dress, dress suit, or pantsuit; clean and comfortable shoes.
    Men: Suit or jacket; shirt and tie; clean and comfortable shoes


  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early.
  • Look professional! Dress as if you're going on a formal interview.
  • Remember to take copies of your resume.
  • Start by visiting the 1 to 2 organizations that interest you the most.
  • Take notes. Get business cards from the people you talk to.


  • Turn off your cell phone! Phone interruptions are a huge pet peeve of recruiters
  • Take the time to talk and network
  • Don't ask about salary or benefits
  • Don't take a business card and run
  • Don't walk through with friends or family
  • Don't wait until the event is almost over to arrive


  • Follow up! Send thank you notes to the companies that interested you or that might someday.


Career Resources:

  • Career Guide to Industries: This site provides detailed information about careers, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and more.
  • CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site has numerous resources for job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals, including the three tools listed below.
  • Finding Internships and Student Employment: Practical Help to Find, Choose and Make the Most of College Internships. Read more about finding and taking full advantage of an internship.
  • Guide to College Career Fairs: There’s been a sustained increase of employer and student attendance in recent years. Students looking to learn more about career fairs and the benefits they offer and how to stand out among the crowd can find all this information and more in the following guide.
  • Interview Stream: Practice interviewing on the Webcam-based virtual mock interviewing tool. After you create an account, you can select questions, practice interviewing, and review your responses. Access to a Webcam required. The site also has a demonstration video to help you better understand this tool.
  • Iseek: is updated annually and includes Minnesota-specific occupational details and career information.
  • Learn How to Become: A career is a commitment; a career is hard work; a career is your passion. Are you ready to find yours?
  • O*NET: Use this interactive resource to explore and search occupations or to explore which occupations use your skills.
  • Resources for College Networking: This guide focuses on not just the importance of networking, but offers actionable ways to build a wide circle of contacts, places to begin the networking journey and how to make good use of those contacts when the time comes.

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