Nearly 100 leading design firms conducted a record 1,150-plus interviews at the University’s annual Design Expo.
The event allowed over 350 sophomore, junior and senior design students, fourth- and fifth-year architecture students, and graduate students to discuss internships and full-time positions. In addition, during the open networking period, students could approach any employer’s table to pitch a project in their portfolio and network with design professionals.
“Having more than 1,100 interviews scheduled in one day speaks to the high quality of talent coming out of our design programs,” said Ainsley Maloney, associate director of industry relations at Jefferson. “Many of the companies have a strong and long-lasting relationship with the University. Almost 90 percent of the companies attending have hired a Jefferson student in the past three years for a full-time job or internship.”
Students from all design-related disciplines participated in Design Expo, including animation, architecture, architectural studies, construction management, fashion design, geospatial technology for geodesign, global fashion enterprise, graphic design communication, industrial design, interior architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surface imaging, sustainable design, textile design, textile materials technology, user experience and interaction design, and web design and development.
Graphic design communication senior Gabi Stahley had a full day planned with interviews scheduled with MOD, Catapult Learning, Push10, Designblendz, Evoke, Creative Group, GSW and Sparks. “Design Expo is such an awesome opportunity to network and meet with employers in the area,” she said.
Seeking a full-time position in lighting and furniture design, senior John Cecil looked forward to speaking with SG Companies, HOK and Gensler at the March 21 event held in the Gallagher Center.
“It’s a great place to improve your conversation and interview skills with professionals,” the industrial design student said.
On the other side of the table, firms often rave about the connections made at Design Expo. For example, Shannon Geddes, university relations partner for talent acquisition at QVC, frequently hires summer interns from the fashion design program as a direct result of the event.
Michael Graves Architecture and Design attended Design Expo for the first time, but the company has hired several alumni over the years—including architectural designer Kevin King ’18. He enjoyed meeting all the emerging talent from the University and recruiting for architectural designer, interior designer and technical architect positions.
“This year may be the largest representation of alumni ever, with close to 100 alumni in attendance,” Maloney noted. “I love fielding calls from alumni who want to come back to hire. For some, Design Expo stands out as a pivotal moment from their time here at Jefferson.”
The Healthcare Career Fair for students and alumni will be held April 1 at Jefferson’s Alumni Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can register until March 31 through HireJefferson, which also lists the employers attending.