Confluence, our annual job fair, attracts more than 70 prospective employers nationwide who travel to CMU to interview our students. Held in partnership with CMU's job fair, Confluence is our primary recruiting forum. We invite prospective employers to tour our studios and view the work of both our undergraduate and graduate students.
As a participating firm, you have the option to host a table to promote your company in CMU’s University Center, where students can drop by and chat with you. You may also choose to conduct formal interviews with students. Students will be able to reserve time slots to meet with your company’s representatives as soon as you register. Each year, many of our students impress prospective employers deeply enough to gain offers of employment and summer internships as a result of these interviews.
In the weeks leading up to Confluence, faculty members work closely with students to help them prepare portfolios, process books, and resumes strong enough to merit attention. The experience that Confluence affords our students is invaluable, but participating companies tell us that they find their conversations with students invigorating, challenging, and rewarding.
In a recent survey we conducted with firms who hire our graduates, we received comments like these:
“Many graduates from the School of Design, especially the Industrial Designers, have a flexible skill set and are able to apply their skills to a variety of challenges. In my experience, designers from other programs are often much more specialized in a particular industry skill set.”
“CMU graduates are big picture thinkers who are citizens of the world and not just program monkeys.”
“Your students work with a level of thoughtfulness, consideration, and engagement that few students from other schools seem to be matching. As a practitioner, an employer, and a recruiter, I really appreciate what [the school] has cultivated and how it is moving our profession forward.”
“In general, the design students we spoke with at CMU represent a really great combination of conceptual aptitude, formal competence, process and sensibility and technical poise.”
Firms that have attended Confluence in recent years include:
- Adobe Systems
- Apple Computer
- Avenue A/Razorfish
- Bayer Material Science
- Cooper Interaction Design
- Daedalus Excel
- Del Monte Food Company
- Frog Design
- GE Consumer Electronics
- General Motors
- Google, Inc.
- IBM Research
- Informatics Studio
- Johnson Controls
- MAYA Design
- Nissan North America
- Siegel + Gale
- Smart Design
- The Letter Thirteen Design Agency
- Wall-to-Wall Studios
We would be delighted to talk with you about attending Confluence this year. Please contact Sonjala Williams, assistant director and career consultant for the College of Fine Arts career and professional development center, for more information.