Students and alumni can attend a wide range of presentations, workshops, and recruiting events to enhance their career development.

We offer over 30 career programs every academic year. These programs help build skills and knowledge to prepare students and alumni for the professional world. Topics include resume building, portfolio development, interview strategies, networking, freelancing, and much more! Additionally, we also put on multiple recruiting events each year that connect students with employers and professionals. Explore the calendar below to learn more about upcoming events, and students can also check their RISD email for weekly updates from us about career programs.

Fall Semester Career Programs

RISD Mindshare Kelly Walters MFA 15 GD

Expanding Your Practice Through Design Writing & Publishing

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - LIVE WEBINAR

Kelly Walters MFA 15 GD is a designer, educator and founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Bright Polka Dot. In her ongoing design research, she interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value, and shared vernacular in and around Black visual culture.

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Visa Options in the U.S. Workshop

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2022 AT 6:00 PM ET - LIVE WEBINAR

Gain information and guidance on which visas might be available to F-1 visa holders after OPT. Immigration attorney, Eileen Morrison, will present visa eligibility details for visas such as the H-1B, O1, EB2, TN and more. Please be sure to join us for this informative session and bring any questions that you have related to what you hope to do after graduation. This program is offered by ISSA and they will also hold separate sessions specifically on OPT and the application process. This session is open to all U.S. visa holders.

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CAREER OPTIONS IN ART+DESIGN

Career Options in Art & Design

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022 AT 11:00 AM ET - 20 WASHINGTON PLACE AUDITORIUM 

How do you take your incredible studio experiences at RISD and apply them to the professional world? Hear how students and alumni utilize their skills and creative thinking across numerous fields and markets including art, design, social justice, sustainability, technology, business, healthcare and more. Discover how you can find opportunities, network with professionals, and develop career options that align with your interests. Learn how to prepare for what you want and how to access career resources to support you.

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PREPARE TO ATTEND INTERNSHIP CONNECT

Prep to Connect

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - 20 WASHINGTON PLACE AUDITORIUM

Hear everything you need to know to meet with companies remotely at Internship Connect on October 26th & 27th! Learn how to speak with them professionally and what questions to ask about their internships. Discover what they might expect from you. Determine what materials to prepare before the event. Hear the best ways to follow up with them and find out how to successfully use LinkedIn to research companies and network before and after Internship Connect. Lastly, we'll go over how to sign up to meet with organizations in attendance. First Year Undergrad Students are not eligible to attend Internship Connect, but they are welcome to attend this prep program. 

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RISD Mindshare Alexander T Williams 06 FD

Using the Power of Light as a Force for Good

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - LIVE WEBINAR

Alex Williams 06 FD is the founding partner and Director of Growth at RBW. He will speak about the company's journey and their continued focus on empowering RBW's communities while strengthening the health of the environment and preserving the planet for generations to come. RBW was founded and continues to grow with the guiding belief that business can make a positive impact on all stakeholders, including customers, employees, community, and the planet. In 2019, they received certification as a B-Corp - a new kind of company that balances profit with purpose.

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Internship Connect Remote 2022

Internship Connect Remote 2022

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2022 & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022
6:00-9:00 PM ET LIVE, PRE-SCHEDULED MEETINGS VIA ZOOM

This 2 day event provides a rare opportunity to meet remotely with art and design professionals in your field of interest. It is one of the best ways to learn how to network with employers who are interested in RISD students and may lead to your next internship or art opportunity.

Students eligible to participate will be notified about the sign up process via email in early October. Sign-ups open Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 PM ET. Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, 5th Years, and all grad students are eligible to participate.

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RISD Mindshare Qualeasha Wood 19 PR

The Power of Audacity

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - LIVE WEBINAR

Soon after graduating with a BFA in Printmaking from RISD, Qualeasha Wood 19 PR began taking the art world by force. Qualeasha has experienced extraordinary success and her work has been permanently collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and graced the cover of Art in America. She also became an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem among her many accomplishments since graduation. Her secret? It's the same thing that got her through RISD - having AUDACITY.

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EXPLORING ARTIST RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITIES

Exploring Artist Residency Opportunities

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - LIVE WEBINAR

What are artist residencies? How might they support your personal and professional goals? Learn from the Artist Communities Alliance how residencies can support your artistic practice while expanding your resources and access to space, to equipment, to community, and professional opportunities like exhibitions, fellowships and employment. You'll hear how residencies are research and development labs for the arts with over 500 programs in the U.S and more than 1,500 internationally.

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MAHARAM FELLOWSHIP INFO SESSION

Maharam Fellowship Info Session

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022 AT 7:00 PM ET - 20 WASHINGTON PLACE AUDITORIUM

Receive $5,000 for your summer project and be part of RISD's prestigious Maharam Fellowship! Learn everything you need to know to make a strong and compelling application. This award has been opening new avenues for RISD talent in organizations where artists and designers are not typically found. For the summer of 2023, Maharam is committed to making the art and design world more fair, diverse and creative. The Fellowship will focus on two of the most urgent issues of our time - social justice and sustainability - and will support projects that aspire to advance social progress and safeguard the environment. In the workshop, you'll also hear from past RISD Fellows about their successful experiences.

Image Credit: Helina He Yuheng 23 ID and 2022 Maharam Fellow

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