E2C: Engaging Emerging Creatives

The E2C networking and recruiting event is on hiatus while we re-evaluate how we can best serve DAAP students and employers in the wake of the pandemic. As such, we will not host a formal event in fall 2021 but will reach out to employers and students to understand what we could do to help them most going forward.

In the meantime, we welcome employer representatives to participate in our courses for DAAP students and would be happy to add you to our list of potential industry guests! Please contact engagement@uc.edu to let us know you're interested.

See below for ways to engage and hire DAAP students and recent graduates year round.

Recruit and Hire

Recruit and hire DAAP students to fill co-op positions in upcoming terms or full-time, post-graduation jobs.

Post open co-op positions in PAL, UC’s custom database for matching co-op employers and candidates.

Post open positions in Handshake, a widely-used platform for recruiting college students and recent graduates.

Conduct interviews virtually or in-person. Contact engagement@uc.edu for assistance.

Host company information sessions on campus or online from anywhere! Whatever platform you use, post your information session in Handshake and use Handshake’s built-in messaging function to invite students to your session. 

If you are interested in hosting a workshop for DAAP students, contact us at engagement@uc.edu.

You may be invited to guest-speak to students in a professional development class, likely online. If you are interested, contact us at engagement@uc.edu.


Even if you're not hiring full-time co-ops right now, you can still engage young talent and stay connected to UC-DAAP.

In response to changes in the market due to the coronavirus pandemic, many DAAP students will complete a self-directed learning experience in place of a full-time co-op position.

As a mentor, you'll provide guidance, accountability and feedback as the student progresses through their learning plan in biweekly or monthly check-ins. The time commitment is minimal - only one to two hours a month.

To learn more, contact Hilary Lewallen.

With their skills in graphic design, web design, photography and the like, DAAP students are perfect for short-term, focused creative projects that you need to get done. Projects are paid, professional work assignments usually consisting of five to 40 hours of work.

Parker Dewey is UC's preferred platform for matching projects with students who can do the work. Create an account, post your project, and wait for students to apply.

Students who are not employed in full-time co-op can do part-time work to fulfill some of their experiential learning requirement. Post your part-time jobs in Handshake.

Even better, if your organization is a small business with fewer than 50 employees or a nonprofit, you may be able to get some or all of a student worker's wages paid through a grant, at minimal or no cost to you. Learn about wage assistance through UC.

UC's Virtual Innovation Studio connects companies with student talent by facilitating five-week, faculty-led “sprints” that engage cross-disciplinary teams on industry-sponsored innovation challenges. Learn more about the benefits of hosting a Virtual Innovation Studio.


DAAP students are some of the most talented and best-prepared design students in the country. We want to help you hire them for full-time co-op positions, short-term project work, or anything in between. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help. Contact our employer relations team at engagement@uc.edu.