Creative Industry Day

Creative Industry Days are a series of events for creatives by creatives. These visual portfolio-based events connect students to industry professionals through virtual one-on-one portfolio reviews, career panels, and an in-person career fair.

1:1 Portfolio Reviews | Recruiting | Networking | Career Panels | Career Fair

By the Numbers


Virtual 1:1 portfolio reviews conducted in 2023


Students participated in virtual 1:1 portfolio reviews in 2023


Employers and agencies participated in virtual 1:1 portfolio reviews in 2023


Students and alumni attended the in-person Career Fair For Creatives in 2023


Employers and agencies participated in the in-person Career Fair For Creatives in 2023


Combined attendance at virtual career panels in 2023

RIT students talking to a representative from Microsoft at the career fair

2023 Event Schedule

February 27, 28, and March 1

1:1 Portfolio Reviews 
Feedback, networking, and/or virtual recruiting
9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST

Virtual Career Panels
7 p.m.-8 p.m. EST

March 2
In-Person – Gene Polisseni Center

Career Fair for Creatives
Creative industry professionals actively seeking to fill co-op/internship and full-time job openings have the opportunity to meet with students interested in working in the creative field
1-5 p.m. EST

Virtual Career Panels

Monday, February 27, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Promoting Yourself and Your Work (link to recording)
Our panel of experts will provide tips for being memorable and suggest how best to showcase your work to prospective employers and clients. You will learn how to strengthen your portfolio/reel and polish your image in order to “tell your creative story.”

Keli DiRisio
, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Interactivity, RIT (RIT Alum)

Chris Chapman
; Lead Artist, VFX; NetherRealm Studios (RIT Alum)
Kyleen James, Digital Anthropologist, Elite World Group (RIT Alum)
Taylor Canby, Design Manager, New Balance (RIT Alum)
Josh Klenert, Chief Design Officer, Bakkt (RIT Alum)


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Becoming Your Own Boss (link to recording)
Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you like to be in charge of your own business? Learn what it takes to be successful on your own as a freelancer or business owner. Find out how to promote your business or services, deal with clients, and navigate the inner workings of being your own boss.

David Long
, RIT MAGIC Center Director, RIT (RIT Alum)

Aaron Gordon
, Founder and CEO, Optic Sky Productions (RIT Alum)
Greg Cunneyworth, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Makeway Agency (RIT Alum)
Jeremiah Gryczka, Founder and CEO, Mountain House Media (RIT Alum)
Lindsay Connelly, Owner and Digital Marketing Strategist, Linden Digital Marketing (RIT Alum)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Young Professionals Panel (link to recording)
What is life like after RIT? Hear from recent RIT alumni on how they navigated their path from student to professional. You will learn how best to set yourself up for success and what to expect in the working world.

Nan Burgess-Whitman, Career Services Coordinator, RIT

Abby Dye
, Interaction Designer, Digital Hyve (RIT Alum)
Aimee Spisak, UI Designer, SAIC (RIT Alum)
Alex Hazen, Simulation Development Lead, Shadow Health (RIT Alum)
Clare Mahr, Interactive Designer, Threespot (RIT Alum)

Student Information

Connect with creative industry professionals virtually and in person! This year we are proud to offer virtual 1:1 portfolio reviews and career panels from top industry experts, as well as an in-person specialized career fair just for creatives.

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Employer Information

This year RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is offering both in-person and virtual opportunities for creative industry employers to connect with RIT students and alumni interested in working in the creative field.

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Alumni Information

Did you know RIT alumni have full access to Creative Industry Days? Whether you graduated four months ago or five years ago, employers are excited to meet RIT Tigers from all years of experience.

Past Participants

  • adidas
  • Adobe
  • Aspyr Media, Inc.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Butler/Till
  • BZDesign, Inc.
  • Cascade Maverik Lacrosse
  • CBX, LLC
  • CGI Digital
  • ChaseDesign
  • CJS Architects
  • CPL
  • creativeplacement
  • Designity
  • Digital Hyve
  • Dixon Schwabl + Company
  • Dots, Inc.
  • DraftKings
  • Enduring Games
  • Epic
  • Flynn
  • Funkitron, Inc.
  • Gannett (The USA Today Network)
  • Greenermind
  • Growler Interactive
  • Havas Helia
  • Helen & Gertrude
  • Hexbug
  • Instrument
  • Iron Galaxy Studios
  • ITX Corp.
  • Jam City Company
  • Kin + Carta
  • Kraemer Design Group, PLC
  • LIXIL Water Technology Americas
  • Magnifi U Inc.
  • MahiGaming
  • Makeway
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • Melissa & Doug
  • MIO
  • Mission Data
  • Netherrealm Studios
  • NewRetirement
  • Ogilvy
  • Orange Sparkle Ball, Inc.
  • Partners + Napier
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Philips
  • Practis
  • Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Proletariat, Inc.
  • Rivet CX
  • Rochester Precision Optics
  • Rockstar Games
  • SandBox Union
  • Savage-Katz Productions, LLC
  • Signing Animation
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Spin Master
  • Synaptech
  • The Article Group
  • The CSI Group
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Thinkingbox
  • Threespot
  • Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
  • Truth Collective
  • Vargas Associates, Inc.
  • Vision On
  • Visual Concepts
  • Vitro
  • WillowTree Apps
  • Work & Co
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Zash Global Media & Entertainment

Contact Us

Questions about the event?
Feel free to reach out to us via our Creative Industry Day: email


Gretchen Burruto

Associate Director