Classroom Guest Presentations by Employers

Employers often express interest in making classroom presentations to increase their company name recognition on campus.  Engineering Career Services is happy to assist with these requests because we know that they can greatly benefit our students.  If you would like assistance locating an employer to speak to a class, please let us know and we will work to make the connection.  To help us connect presenters with interested instructors, we ask employers to complete the form linked below, which we then forward to departments to see if there is an interest in giving the company class time.  To help ensure that the academic requirements of the students are advanced, ECS developed the following guidelines for employers.

Guidelines for Classroom Guest Speakers

  • Class instructors are responsible for course content and classroom management.  They decide which guest speaker to invite based on learning objectives and schedule considerations.
  • Generally, talks should be approximately 20 to 40 minutes in length, but the course instructor and speaker may agree to a shorter or longer presentation/discussion time.
  • Speakers are welcome to provide an introduction to their company/organization (~5 min.), but the focus of the talk must be a technical or career development topic.
  • Presenters should work to engage both male and female students and be sensitive to racial issues.  To fill the projected demand for engineers, it is a goal of the College to encourage members of underrepresented groups (females and minorities) to pursue engineering careers.
  • Some classes may be a combination of engineering students and engineering technology students.  Presenters shouldn’t automatically assume that all students in the audience are studying engineering.
  • Please model to our students the use of proper source citation.  Ethics, copyright laws, and courtesy to readers require authors to identify the sources of images, direct quotations and of any facts or opinions not generally known or easily checked.
  • In order to meet equal employment opportunity laws, any specific job opportunity discussed must be posted on our electronic job board (CyHire).  This ensures that all qualified candidates on the ISU campus have an opportunity to learn of the job opening and apply.

Employers can make a request using an online form or download a copy of the request form and return it to ECS.