Product Design Career Fair

Product Design Career Fair

Friday, February 17, 2023: 9am-12:30pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

About the Career Fair

Companies want interested students and alumni to stop by their table, introduce themselves, and show 1-3 projects. You can show projects on your laptop or tablet, or as physical models/printed pieces. After showing your work, employers may want your resume, so bring plenty of copies to share.

Register for the Fair


9:00 - 9:30 am Check-in, Enjoy coffee and bagels
9:30 -11:00 am Career fair (Product Design seniors, juniors, and alumni only)
11:00 - 11:15 am Address by Product Design department
11:15 - 12:30 pm Networking and portfolio review (all Product Design students)

How to Prepare

Prepare your online portfolio/website. You may also want to prepare a PDF presentation just for the career fair to make presenting your materials easy compared to a website.

Research employers that interest you by visiting their websites, social media, and do an online search to learn of any recent news, initiatives or products they have launched.

Practice introducing yourself with what's often called an "elevator pitch," a brief overview of your professional identity that may include 2-3 sentences about your education, experience, skills, and interest in that organization. For additional suggestions, check out our Elevator Pitch Handout (PDF).

Practice presenting your design work. At first, students are often too slow and indirect when describing their projects and solutions. You should be able to communicate the essence of the design problem and your approach in 2-3 sentences. It is often easier to explain your design process if you have visuals; consider creating a few process slides or a process notebook for key projects in your portfolio.

Prepare questions. Make sure that you have good questions prepared to ask employers. This shows your preparation and research; it also demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in the firm, and have specifically sought them out.

Collect contact info. At the end of the interaction, get the representative’s name and contact information so you can send a detailed thank you note and follow-up on a potential job, internship or project you may have discussed.

Dress for success. We recommend you to dress in a way that represents your authentic self. The standard at most career events is between business casual and business professional attire, but consider if your attire and grooming aligns with your personal brand. We encourage you to choose clothing that makes you feel comfortable, confident and prepared for the weather elements. For ideas on attire, check out our Dress the Part Pinterest page.

For more tips visit our Preparing for a Career Fair page.

Drop-in Resume Review

Get your resume reviewed before the fair. We have in-person, virtual, and email review options to support you! Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Drop-In Resume Review

Resume Book

Share your resume with a link to your portfolio (optional) with employers before the fair! The deadline to participate is Monday, February 13 at 12pm.

Submit a Resume

Make an Appointment

Meet with Brian Green, your senior career consultant for CDes to go over preparing for a career fair and ask any questions you may have.

Make an Appointment

Registered Employers

Andersen Corporation
Kohl's - Kohl's Corporation
Open Systems Technology (OST)
Target - Target Headquarters
Tennant Company
WhiteBoard Product Solutions