Student Experience

Overview

We want you to be able to make the most out of your time at RIT and within the School of IGM. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in IGM clubs and events and it won’t take you long to find your niche in the RIT community. The RIT campus is a vibrant community which has a lot to offer to our students.

Student Clubs & Organizations

There are a wide variety of student clubs and organizations available for students at RIT. If you have an interest, there are others that do also. No club in your interest? Start one of your own.

Here are a couple of clubs you may be interested in.

GDC (RIT Game Developers Club)
Anyone (any major) with a desire to make games is welcome in our group where the goal is to make game design fun, interesting and beneficial to all.

Crashtest Games
Crashtest Games is a student group at RIT that meets weekly to play, test, discuss, and design tabletop games of all sorts. Meetings are Monday nights starting at 6:00pm year round. All game designers and players are welcome! Join the Facebook group for more information.

EGS (Electronic Gaming Society at RIT)
EGS' mission is to provide the best gaming events to all varieties of gamers on the East Coast. We aim to make Rochester a gaming hotspot for professional, hardcore, and casual gaming, and look to attract interest from all over the country. Working towards this goal, we provide regular PC and console gaming events for the gaming population of RIT. We look to get gamers out of their rooms and into social situations where they can bond with other individuals who share the same interests.

CodeRIT
CodeRIT is both a community of students and an opportunity to learn, think and create. They strive to be self-starters, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Other RIT Clubs

Events & Experience

There are always things happening around the IGM department! Some of the events and experiences you can attend are:

GDC (Game Developers Conference)
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is a game industry event attended by more than 24,000 people and is normally held in San Francisco, CA. Read Carl Dominigo's Blog on his trip to GDC this year.

Global Game Jam
The Global Game Jam is a yearly event that happens in late January. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours. Read Carl Domingo's Blog on his Global Game Jam Experience.

Employer Visits

There are many opportunities during the year to meet with potential employers regarding summer co-ops and full time jobs after graduation. The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is a great resource and has a database of jobs, interviews, events and employer profiles.

Student Ambassadors

School of Interactive Games and Media Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, serve as a representative and perform duties at various campus and community events, and by meeting with prospective students and their families.  The IGM Ambassadors had to apply, interview and meet high academic requirements in order to be eligible for the position. Along with being outstanding students, they are involved in a variety of activities in IGM and at RIT.

Duties of a Student Ambassador

  • Develop an expanded knowledge of RIT & IGM
  • Conduct campus tours for prospective students and families
  • Represent IGM during college events.
  • Assist with duties and tasks related to events put on by IGM
  • Plan and run an event each semester
  • Work with diverse populations and provide tips on being a successful student.
  • Attend biweekly meetings
  • Tours for prospective students & families
  • Question & answer panels
  • Open Houses
  • Lunch with faculty candidates
  • Computing exploration freshman seminar class panel
  • Co-op prep class
  • Playtests for games
  • Phone power for early admissions students
  • Spring preview day
  • Student ambassador recruitment/interviews
  • All other duties as assigned

What are the benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador?

As a Student Ambassador you will develop a wide range of transferable skills that will benefit you. Employers, colleges and universities are looking for more than just good grades; they want community involvement and service! Student Ambassadors will gain leadership skills that will help build your resume. You will earn letters of recommendations, get connected to and serve your campus, and help students and the community learn more about the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT.

Meet the current 2019-2020 Student Ambassadors:

Alexa Amoriello, Lauren Avilla, Matthew Barry, Durrell Bedassie, Barrington Campbell, Coehl Gleckner, Jin Jin Heipler, Emily Horton, Sean Koh, Lillian Li, Ella Mathewson, Herman McElveen, Lea Melendez, Anthony Pichardo, Trenton Plager, Dane Sherman, Nuha Syed, Bryce Tynes , Jamal Woods

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Have a question? Ask an ambassador!

We are here to help you navigate the college experience, get started or help you get the assistance you need to succeed by sharing our campus resources.  Send an email to visitigm@rit.edu, and Lyndsay Herkimer will coordinate a response from an IGM Ambassador. 

For questions or more information contact:
Lyndsay Herkimer

Senior Staff Assistant

585-475-5891
lmhigm@rit.edu

Meet our current Student Ambassadors!