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Design Career Fair


2018 Design Career Fair
Friday, March 30, 2-5pm
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
HUB Lyceum

The Division of Design is pleased to host our fifth annual Design Career Fair! At this event, employers can recruit current students and alumni for internships and full-time positions from three programs at the University of Washington: Industrial Design, Interaction Design and Visual Communication Design.

2017 Participants

DeLapp Design
Digital Kitchen
Filament / Chef'n
Hornall Anderson


Pitchbook Data
Privateer Holdings
RMB Vivid
Taser International
The Creative Group
Valve Software
Varsity Tutors
Wizards of the Coast

For Employers

As a participating firm, you will host a table promoting your company. The first half (90 minutes) is organized into appointments every 10 minutes, and a different student will present their portfolio at your table. The second half (90 minutes) is open, without appointments. You can see students for 10 minutes or longer, at your discretion.

Participating firms will also have access to the UW Design Resume book, which contains resumes and portfolio links from all participating students and alum.

For an in-depth look at the UW Design Division, please visit: http://depts.washington.edu/designuw/stats

You can also view recent student work from the Division of Design here: http://depts.washington.edu/design16

Fees for participating firms are listed below. Each firm is welcome to bring up to three representatives. Complimentary parking is provided, as well as a post-event reception with faculty. 

All funds support the UW Division of Design Discretionary Fund.

  • $200 for individual entrepreneurs or startups with 5 or fewer employees
  • $300 for companies of with 6-50 employees
  • $400 for larger companies
Registration info will be available January 2018.
We have a limited number of tables for this event. 

For Students

Participate in the Design Career Fair Resume Book

Please submit your resume to this UW Catalyst DropBox:

We will be making three PDF files for employers (one for each major). Therefore, please place your resume in the appropriate Catalyst “assignment”:

  • Industrial Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Communication Design

By submitting your resume, you are allowing employers from the Career Fair to contact you. Make sure your contact information on your resume is up-to-date and accurate. Note: Not all employers look at the resume book, even though all Career Fair participants are given access. Resume Books will be released to employers on 3/1, so please upload by 2/28/2017.


Companies want interested students to stop by their table, introduce themselves, and show 1-3 projects. You should plan on taking a maximum of ten minutes with each employer. You can show projects on your laptop or iPad, or as physical models/printed pieces.

After showing your work, please give employers a copy of your resume. Some employers have asked if students could include a small photograph of themselves for reference, because they have a hard time matching names to faces after the event. However, a photo is not required.

The first 90 minutes of the Career Fair is by appointment. You can sign up for a maximum of four companies that you want to see. The second half of the Career Fair is open without appointments. You can wait in line to see any employer for a 10 minute slot. During the second half, an employer may ask you to stay longer than 10 minutes. If this request does not occur, please move on.

At the end of the interaction, get the representative’s name and contact information so you can follow-up with a detailed thank you note and/or employment query.


Design Faculty will be sending an email with signup instructions in mid-February. In the meantime, please prepare your materials as described below.

How to Prepare for the Design Career Fair

Prepare your online portfolio/website. You may also want to prepare a specific PDF presentation just for the Career Fair. It can be cumbersome to navigate/present with a website during a presentation; a PDF can be swiped through quickly with full-screen images.

Research the employers that interest you by visiting their websites and also searching for them in the design press (i.e., on design blogs, Communication Arts, Print, etc.)

Practice your general approach. Have a short 15-second “intro pitch” ready, in which you highlight your skills and past experiences. Also, ask friends to test your handshake.

Practice presenting your design work. Most design students are too slow and indirect when describing their projects and solutions. You should be able to communicate the essence of the design problem and your approach in two to three sentences. Note that it is often easier to explain your design process if you have visuals; consider creating a few process slides or a process notebook for key projects in your portfolio.

Make sure that you have good questions prepared to ask the employer. This shows your preparation and research; it also demonstrates that you have genuine interest in the firm, and have specifically sought them out.

Prepare an appropriate outfit. We recommend business casual attire (or better). Clothing can express your design sensibility, but please, no jeans or sneakers. For men, we recommend dress pants, a button-down or collared shirted, and dress shoes. For women, we recommend a day dress, or a blouse with a skirt or slacks. For both men and women, a jacket or blazer can add polish (but please, no denim jackets). Storage space for coats and backpacks is very limited at the venue. Leave bulky items—including backpacks—in your locker in the Art Building, or make a quick run home to drop your things off before the fair.

Helpful Resources

The UW student design groups (AIGA, IxDA, and IDSA) will hold Design Career Fair practice/preparation events in early March. Please attend these events (ask your student officers for details).

You can also watch and review the UW Career Center online workshops on career fairs here:  https://careers.uw.edu/resources/

Additional Questions?

Contact Liz Copland at enc5@uw.edu
Students with disabilities should visit careers.uw.edu/students/students-with-disabilities for additional resources and support.