Preparing for Co-op in an Unknown Place

Preparing for Co-op in an Unknown Place

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So here’s the deal- you’ve just landed your first co-op with a company while you’re attending RIT! You can’t believe that you nailed that technical interview, and you’re filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and joy. You want to start celebrating right away, but the thought crosses your mind that you’ve never been to that city / town before, and know next to nothing about what it’s like to live there. How does one prepare for an experience like that?

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Preparing for the Game Developers Conference as a Student

Preparing for the Game Developers Conference as a Student

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A huge part of the games industry is annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), held in San Francisco. You do not necessarily need to attend, especially as a student, but it is a great way to network and find out if the games industry a good fit for you. This year I will be attending my second GDC, and I think I have a handful of tips that can be helpful for students at this conference!

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From Game Jam to GDC, Redesigning a Game

From Game Jam to GDC, Redesigning a Game

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This past fall, I was involved on a team that was competing in a local game jam hosted by RIT. My team and I went into the competition knowing we wanted to make a rhythm game, but nothing more. We did not discuss the art style, the game system we thought of developing or really anything of importance about the game before we had to begin its development. As you could imagine, the game was developed purely off what we thought would work in the moment.

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Navigating Career Fairs as an IGM Student

Navigating Career Fairs as an IGM Student

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One of the requirements for graduating with a B.S. in either Game Design & Development or New Media Interactive Development is completing two blocks of co-op. Co-op is short for co-operative education, which is essentially a paid internship where a student is employed full-time at a company doing work related to the student’s major for a minimum of 350 hours throughout a fall, spring, or summer block.

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