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​What is Internship Connect? 
What can I expect at the event?
What is the schedule for the day?
Who should attend?
How do I register?
How much does it cost?
What do I bring?

What is Internship Connect?
  • Internship Connect is the Career Center’s dynamic and exciting annual event that brings together art and design world professionals and RISD undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

  • This event is focused on meaningful networking and information sharing that will support students in applying and obtaining internships in 2024.

  • Employers who are interested in reviewing portfolios are also encouraged to attend the Career Center’s annual spring event held in March, the Design Portfolio Review.


What can I expect at the event? 
  • Internship Connect brings together 400+ students to meet and network with 70+ companies and organizations in career fair format.

  • Students will be excited to introduce themselves, ask you questions and follow-up with you after the event via email and/or LinkedIn.

  • You are welcome to talk with students one on one, and/or also meet with small groups of 3-6 students to maximize your time and share the most important information about your opportunities.

  • Typical student questions at the event will include: the skills and portfolio work you look for, how to make a strong application, where to find your internship postings, the application deadline and the best way to follow-up with you.

  • This event is focused on networking and information sharing, not portfolio reviews.

  • Students will bring copies of their resume and may have a business card and/or portfolio sample to share with you.

What is the schedule for the day? 
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    • Check-In and Doors Open

    • Staff will escort you to your booth and provide any last minute updates and instructions

    • Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided

  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    • Internship Connect begins promptly at 4:00 pm

    • Students will attend starting at 4:00 pm and a steady flow of students will arrive throughout the event until it concludes at 7:00 pm

    • If you plan to arrive after 4:00 pm, or leave before 7:00 pm, please update us with your schedule by emailing:

  • 7:00 pm

    • Employers are invited to join us for the Networking Reception with Hors d'oeuvers and drinks to celebrate the event! Meet Faculty and Department Heads to learn more about their departments at RISD.

Who should attend?
  • Designers, creative directors, fine arts professionals, executive directors, human resource professionals and recruiters are welcome to attend.

  • ​Attendance by 2-3 staff members is ideal and enables meeting with as many students as possible.

  • If you have RISD alumni that work with you, we hope they will participate!

  • Alumni can be excellent advocates for your company and can offer unique insights to students on how they can translate RISD studio work and skills into a strong portfolio in application for your opportunities.

How do I register?
  • Online registration requires a credit card payment. Go to the Registration page for full information.  

    • ​IMPORTANT: Space is limited. Register ASAP! 

How much does it cost?
  • $75 per booth before September 1st

  • $125 per booth after September 1st

  • Each booth table can accommodate two seats comfortably. Three seats can be provided upon request. 

What do I bring? 
  • Fully charged electronic devices!

    • NOTE: Electrical power is not available at your table and wifi is limited.

  • Business cards to share with students. 

  • Collateral materials: brochures, postcards, etc. to offer to students.

  • Optional: Pull-up banners or signage that can be placed behind your table. Aisles must be kept clear so any banners will need to be placed behind your table.

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