Creative Industry Day

Virtual in 2021

Creative Industry Day is going virtual and, in the spirit of social distancing, we are spreading it out over a week. It all kicks off on February 22, 2021!

The event has always had different components, and this year is no different. It is creative team-based, with an emphasis on portfolio reviews, networking, and recruiting. This event is for the RIT College of Art and Design students, and select majors in Golisano College of Computing.

Creative industry professionals will have the opportunity to:
  • Promote their company/agency
  • Impart words of wisdom and career advice: 1:1 portfolio reviews, career panels, and programming
  • Actively recruit and pre-select candidates for job openings (co-op/internships and full time)
  • Connect with talent at RIT through the Creative Industry Day resume book and the Creative Industry Day Portfolio site
An aerial view of students talking to company representatives at a career fair.

Creative Industry Days

February 22-26, 2021
Virtual Event

Key Dates

February 3

Deadline for Employer registration

February 10-18

Student Portfolio Review Sign Ups. First review sign up between Feb 10-15, sign up for any remaining slots Feb 16-18.

February 22, 24-26 

Career Talks and Panels

February 24-26

15 Min. Portfolio Reviews/Networking

Spring 2021

Job Postings and Virtual Interviews

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

Career Talks & Panels

Monday, February 22, 2021
5:30 pm EST
Link to recording for this Kick-Off & Keynote
(ends at timestamp 26:15)

New Economy, Meet the New Economy Grads

Dean Todd Jokl, RIT College of Art and Design
It’s not just majoring in a creative discipline and experience with technology that prepare you for the career journey you are about to embark on (although it helps!).  Ultimately, attitude, resilience, and adaptability are what will set you apart.

RIT College of Art and Design Dean, Dr. Todd Jokl, shares the career journey that has taken him from archaeology excavations in Peru, to the boom and bubble in San Francisco, to leading one of the premier colleges of art and design in the country, right here at RIT.  “Gaining the experience and education provided in RIT’s creative disciplines sets RIT graduates apart.  Equally important is how our graduates combine their education and skills with personality attributes that differentiate them from the pack and enable them to engage in a rapidly changing (and challenging) world.”

Monday, February 22, 2021
6:00 pm EST
Link to recording for this session
(Starts at timestamp 28.00)

Promoting Yourself and Your Work

Panelists will tell you how to be memorable – in a good way – and suggest how to showcase your work most effectively to a prospective employer or client. Pick up tips for strengthening your portfolio and polishing your image. Get advice about how to do well in an interview or networking situation.

Confirmed Panelists:
Maury Postal Ketchum EVP, Executive Group Creative Director, RIT Graphic Design, Marketing alum

Rick Barrack CBX Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer, RIT Graphic Design alum

Lauren Shapiro Work & Co Design Director, RIT New Media Design alum

Nishat Akhtar Instrument Associate VP Creative

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
5:30 pm EST
Recordings for this Panel: 
Podcast/audio version | Interpreter spotlighted version.

Ethics and a Meaningful Career

Is social accountability important to you? Learn from our panelists how to identify and support organizations that balance purpose and profit. Hear more about a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Moderated by Keli DiRisio, Assistant Professor, RIT School of Design.

Confirmed Panelists:
William Colgrove Threespot (B certified Corp.), Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer. RIT Graphic Design alum.

Seth Eshelman Staach (B certified Corp.), Principal & Founder, RIT Industrial and Product Design alum.

Tobi Saulnier 1st Playable Productions (B certified Corp.), CEO.

Kristen Clauss Butler/Till, (B certified Corp.), Finance Director

Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:30 pm EST
REGISTER for this Virtual Panel

Working Remotely in a Creative Team

The pandemic has kicked into high gear the practice of working remotely. Interacting with your colleagues, managing work, and good communication can be a challenge. Pick up strategies, tools, and tips to make this way of working enjoyable and effective. Moderated by Barry Strauber, Owner/CEO of RISING, RIT Lecturer, and RAF member.

Confirmed Panelists:
Sarah Casale Optic Sky Productions Motion Graphics Artist/Associate Producer/Office Manager/HR Manager, RIT Graphic Design alum. RAF Board Member

Liz Chatterton The Article Group Copywriter. RAF Board Member

Josh Lowery Makeway Director of Operations/Co-Founder. RAF Member

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:30 pm EST
REGISTER for this Virtual Panel

Inside the Game Industry

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in games? Learn from folks in development, design, art, and production roles as they discuss how to stand out in the hiring process, opportunities within the industry, and future employment trends. Moderated by Amanda Thau, RIT Career Services Coordinator.

Confirmed Panelists:
Brian May C77 Entertainment Senior Technical Artist, RIT Game Design and Development, Information Technology alum

Gabriel Ortega Firaxis Graphics Programmer, RIT Game Design and Development alum

Luna Meier Unity Technologies Software Engineer, RIT Game Design and Development alum

Wyatt Savarese Epic Games Producer

Jackie Wiley Blizzard Entertainment Game Designer, Content,  RIT Game Design & Development alum

Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00 pm EST
REGISTER for this Virtual Workshop

"Fly on the Wall" Interview 

Learn by observing a mock job interview. You will get a real-time look at the stages of an interview, typical questions, effective answers, and a chance to debrief from both the interviewer and interviewee's perspective. Moderated by Nan Burgess-Whitman, RIT Career Services Coordinator.

Joe Pietruch Forbes Senior Engineering Manager/Platform. RIT Game Design and Development MS, New Media Design BFA alum

Siobhan Gannon RIT Film & Animation Student, 3D Animation/Tech Artist

Student Info

Event Walk Through Video

Watch this short and snappy Creative Industry Day Student Walk Through video so you know what is going on! How, and what, you need to do.

Login to Career Connect

Portfolio Reviews: To sign up for portfolio reviews (info session/keyword CID2021). To check your sign-ups, go to event/info session and open the filter and choose “yes” under RSVP to event.
Job Postings: Go to Jobs/Search and put CID2021 in the key word search. 


Students do not need to pre-register for this event, but sign-up is required for Portfolio Reviews (see below). 

Prepare your Portfolio

Increase the odds of creative professionals seeing your work and contacting you about future opportunities. Register to have your work included in the official 2021 Creative Industry Student Portfolio Site, where your work remains for up to one year. Your work may be reviewed before the event and by professionals who are unable to attend this year’s event. Check out our Portfolio Preparation page if you need to know how to get started. 

Update your Resume

You will need your resume to apply to job postings and to sign up for companies that choose to handle interviews in Career Connect. You will also have the option to add your resume to the Creative Industry Day Resume Book that will be shared with recruiters. To have your resume reviewed ahead of time, make an appointment with your Career Services Coordinator through RIT Career Connect. 

Sign Up for Portfolio Reviews

We will have a range of professionals (many of them alumni) that will give you feedback on starting or improving your portfolio. These are reviews only and a good opportunity to build your network! Sign-ups for a 15-minute review will be in RIT Career Connect on February 24, 25, 26. SIGN UP Feb 10-18.

Apply to Job Postings and Interviews

Tutorials coming soon on logging into Career Connect, identifying CID jobs, applying, and signing up for interview slots if you have been selected for interviews. Use the keywords: CID2021 to filter job postings beginning in January.

Interpreting Services

If you need an interpreter, please request one through (All events will be virtual).

Employer Info

Event Walk Through Video

Watch this short Creative Industry Day Walk Through video -- includes an event overview and how to's for participating creative industry professionals.


We have shifted our typical in-person career panel, networking, portfolio reviews, and recruiting event into a new virtual format. Please let us know how you wish to be involved this year!

Registration now closed! Deadline Feb 3, 2021. (Please contact us for other options to connect and recruit RIT talent)

If you are only interested in reviewing/critiquing student's work Sign up for Portfolio Review Day(s) and Time(s). Feb 24, 25, and 26. Available time blocks (EST): Morning 9:00 am-12 pm, Afternoon 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, Evening 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.

Do you know someone in the creative industry that should be included in our event invitations? Submit contact info for our follow up.


Look at what our talented RIT students are creating by visiting the Creative Industry Day Student Portfolio Site. Check back as more and more students add their work. Feel free to reach out to students prior to the event or if you are unable to attend Creative Industry Day this year.

Sign up for a Portfolio Review Timeslot(s) 
Wednesday, Feb 23, Thursday, Feb 25, or Friday, Feb 26.
Morning: 9:00am - 12pm (EST) Afternoon: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST) Evening: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (EST)

Post a Job. Then choose if you want our assistance in managing your Interview Schedule. 
You can post your job directly in Career Connect powered by Symplicity. An account may have already been created for our employer partners. To check if an account exists, select Forgot Password and enter a username (email address) to receive a reset password link. If an employer partner does not have an account set up, select Sign Up to create a profile and begin posting jobs. 

Access to the Creative Industry Day Portfolio Site and Resume Book will remain available for recruiting talent from RIT.

Please provide feedback about your experience with our virtual event. Surveys will be sent out to participants.

Alumni Info

Launch your career

Did you know as an RIT alumni, you have full-access to Creative Industry Day? Whether you graduated 4 months ago or 10 years ago, employers are excited to meet RIT Tigers from all years of experience.


  • 3AM Innovations
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • American Girl / Mattel
  • Bally Design
  • Belkov Yacht Company
  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Buffalo Studios
  • Butler Till
  • BZDesign, Inc.
  • C77 Entertainment
  • CBS
  • CBX, LLC
  • CGI Communications
  • ChaseDesign
  • Chefman/CHEF iQ
  • Deloitte
  • Demiurge Studios
  • DICK'S Sporting Goods
  • Dixon Schwabl Advertising
  • Epic Games
  • Firaxis
  • Forbes Media, LLC
  • Freelance Illustrator/ Designer
  • FSD
  • Geopipe
  • Growler Interactive, LLC
  • Harebrained Schemes
  • Helen & Gertrude
  • Hi-Rez Studios
  • HookBang
  • iHeartRadio
  • Insomniac Games
  • Instrument
  • Iron Design
  • ITX Corp.
  • JAY Marketing & Communications
  • Kabam
  • Kin + Carta (Spire Digital)
  • Lionheart Games
  • Lixil
  • Makeway
  • MIO
  • Netherrealm Studios
  • NewRetirement
  • Nickelodeon Animation Studios
  • Nike
  • NPR
  • Oliver Agency
  • Optic Sky Productions, LLC
  • P&G (Procter and Gamble)
  • Partners + Napier
  • Pilot Studio
  • Proletariat, Inc.
  • Punchcut
  • Retail Business Services
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Rubbermaid Commercial Products|Clasen
  • Salt-Studios
  • Savage-Katz Productions, LLC
  • Second Avenue Learning
  • Signing Animation
  • Simple Tech Innovations
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Taylor Design
  • The CSI Group
  • The Flynn Agency
  • The Main Branch
  • Thinkingbox
  • Threespot
  • Total Wine & More
  • Truth Collective
  • TUNING Design Co.
  • Two Bulls
  • Vargas Associates
  • Volume Studios
  • Wix
  • Work & Co
  • Zendesk

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out to our office by email or phone


Gretchen Burruto

Associate Director