E2C: Engaging Emerging Creatives

This page has information for employers. Students should visit How to Prepare for a Career Fair.

As the global pandemic continues, plans are subject to change. We ask for your understanding and flexibility. This page is your best source of current information about this event.

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Students of UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) are some of the most talented and best-prepared design students in the country. All DAAP students must work in the field full-time (that is, co-op) for at least three semesters before they graduate.

Recruit students for co-op positions for spring and summer 2023 at the E2C DAAP Co-op Fair on October 6-7, 2022.

The slimmed-down format features a traditional career fair on Thursday evening followed by on-site interviews on Friday.

We also invite you to meet and talk with DAAP co-op faculty advisors at a complimentary reception on Thursday before the expo.


E2C DAAP Co-op Fair 2022 Schedule (subject to change)
Day Time Activity
Thursday, Oct. 6
11:30 a.m. (optional) DAAP Design Leadership Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 6
2:30 p.m. Employer check-in opens
Thursday, Oct. 6 4:30 p.m. Reception with DAAP co-op faculty advisors
Thursday, Oct. 6 6:00 p.m. Employer expo till 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7 8:00 a.m. Check-in, coffee and donuts
Friday, Oct. 7 9:00 a.m. Interviews begin
Friday, Oct. 7 4:00 p.m. Event ends

Majors and Skill Sets

At the fair, nearly 500 students will be seeking co-op positions for the Spring 2023 (January to April) and/or Summer 2023 (May to August) terms, as listed below. Most will be seeking jobs for Spring 2023; a smaller number will be seeking for summer co-ops or post-graduation jobs.

Seeking Spring 2023 Co-op Positions

  • architecture (bachelor's and M.Arch)
  • communication design
  • fashion design
  • fine arts
  • industrial design
  • interior design
  • master of landscape architecture
  • urban planning

Seeking Summer 2023 Co-op Positions

  • fine arts
  • horticulture
  • interior design
  • master of community planning
  • master of design
  • master of landscape architecture

Employer Registration

Employer registration closed on September 23. If you have an existing registration, please make sure that the "Looking for" section is correct and complete. To check an existing registration, please see How to View/Edit a Career Fair Registration.


Cost is $250 per table. A single table registration includes up to two representatives, and you can add a third for an extra fee. If you will have more than three representatives, or simply want more visibility and space to spread out, you can register for a double table (two tables pushed together).

What's Included

Besides the two-hour fair and next-day interviews, your registration includes complimentary parking on site both days, soft drinks, snacks, on-site reception with DAAP co-op faculty advisors on Thursday, and coffee, donuts and lunch on Friday. In addition, your company profile will be visible to UC students in Handshake from the time your registration is approved through the event dates.


We offer a 50% discount to nonprofit organizations and government entities. The discount applies to single tables only. The discount will be applied upon approval of your fair registration.


Payment is due September 23, 2022. Credit card payment is preferred. You will receive an invoice upon approval of your career fair registration.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations received on or before September 16, 2022, will not pay the registration fee, or, if payment has already been made, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received September 17 through 23 will be charged 50% of the registration fee or receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after September 23 will be charged 100% of the registration fee and will NOT receive a refund. Cancellations must be approved in writing.

Next-Day Interviews

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Employers may conduct interviews with top candidates the day after the fair. You'll hold interviews at the same table (or tables) you exhibited at the evening before.

It is your responsibility to contact candidates directly to schedule interviews with them. Remind them of the interview location and to arrive 15 minutes early. Some recruiters like to schedule interviews with strong candidates as soon as they meet them; others prefer to identify their top candidates immediately after the fair and contact them that evening to schedule next-day interviews.

We suggest that interviews start no earlier than 9 a.m. We also ask that you conclude all interviews no later than 4 p.m. You are welcome to wrap up earlier than 4 p.m. if you wish.

We ask that you give us a copy of your interview schedule with the names of the students you interviewed before you leave, so we have a record of how many interviews were conducted at the fair. We will provide a blank schedule with half-hour slots that you can use if you wish.

Optional Bonus Events

DAAP Design Leadership Workshop

If you are attending the DAAP Co-op Fair, consider joining Dean Tim Jachna and Associate Dean Ann Black on Thursday, October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a Design Leadership Workshop.

DAAP has successfully prepared its creative graduates to step into your firms’ entry level positions. What’s next as they navigate their professional careers? What do your firm’s future leaders need to be successful in their roles? We want your input on the professional skills and traits essential for a successful leader at the collaborative Design Leadership Workshop with Dean Tim Jachna and Associate Dean Ann Black. Space is limited so a firm commitment is greatly appreciated. Lunch will be provided. If you are not able to join us, we invite you to respond to the questions online.

Chatterjee Global Lecture

If you are attending the fair, you may want to catch James Sommerville, former VP of Global Design for Coca-Cola and co-founder of creative community Known Unknown, at the annual Chatterjee Global Lecture on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. in the DAAP Aronoff building.


E2C takes place in the home of UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the Aronoff Center for Design and Art, 342 Clifton Court, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221, USA.

Parking is in the adjacent Clifton Court Garage, accessible from Clifton Ave at 321 Clifton Court, Cincinnati OH 45219 (coordinates 39.134303 -84.517271; clearance 6'4").

Secondary parking is in the Woodside Garage, accessible from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Woodside Drive at 2913 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati OH 45219 (coordinates 39.135025 -84.515180, clearance 6'7").


You may ship materials in advance, and your packages will be held at employer check-in for you. Ship items to arrive by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the address below. Enclose a return shipping label in each package. At the close of the fair, securely pack, seal, and label your packages, and we will route them to the carrier. We do not assume responsibility for mishandled or misplaced packages.

Ship-to Address

Univ Cincinnati Central Receiving
792 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, OH 45206



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Amy Atterholt

Questions about Co-op and Recruiting at UC

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Suzanne Schindler

Questions about the Fair

(513) 556-7234