E2C: Engaging Emerging Creatives

In response to social distancing requirements and changes in the job market, E2C is on a brief hiatus. Still, you can engage with and hire DAAP students and recent graduates all year round!

Recruit and Hire

Recruit and hire DAAP students to fill co-op positions in Summer or Fall 2021 or 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 by phone or video call. We may be able to hold some interviews on campus. Contact Patti Carroll for assistance.

Host company information sessions virtually. Whatever platform you use, consider posting these in Handshake and use Handshake’s built-in messaging function to invite students to your session. Contact Patti Carroll for assistance.

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.

With their skills in graphic design, web design, photography and the like, DAAP students are perfect to complete a short-term, focused project that you need 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 up 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 nonprofit or a business with fewer than 50 employees, you may be able to get some or all of the student's wages paid by a grant - making it very cost-effective to hire a student! Learn more:

UC's Virtual Innovation Studio connects companies with student talent by facilitating five-week, faculty led “sprints” that engage cross-disciplinary teams working 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.