DigiPen’s Career Services department is committed to helping students and alumni find and apply for fulfilling job and internship opportunities.
The following are some of the ways the Career Services department ensures students have the skills necessary to pursue a career in their field upon graduation. Students may access these services through the student portal.
DigiPen has classes built into the curriculum of each degree program to help with your job search. These courses are reviewed by our program advisory committee members, many of whom are industry leaders in video game development. See the online course catalog for more information.
Guest Lectures and Workshops
DigiPen’s Redmond, Washington, campus is located in one of the biggest centers of video game development in the country. Industry professionals from top-tier game and technology companies regularly give guest lectures and attend on-campus events. Students gain unique insight into what it takes to enter and succeed at a range of businesses.
Handshake allows students to post their résumés, search for open jobs, and RSVP for career events online. Handshake also allows students to access our Resource Library, which includes instant access to all workshop materials and important notices. Company recruiters may sign up for a free account to post job openings and review résumés as well.
DigiPen regularly schedules on-campus visits from some of the industry’s top video game and technology companies, giving students the opportunity to meet representatives, learn more about the hiring process, and even participate in on-campus interviews. These events are open to DigiPen students only, and an RSVP is required for most events. Past visitors include representatives from Microsoft Games Studio, Blizzard Entertainment, Facebook, Nintendo, and many others.
Every spring, graduating DigiPen seniors show off their projects to 80-plus industry recruiters from around the country at DigiPen’s annual Career Fair. Students set up booths and display their projects, reels, and portfolios to representatives visiting from prominent companies. In the past, entire teams of students have been discovered at the Career Fair and hired shortly thereafter. The student teams who made Narbacular Drop and Tag: The Power of Paint are one such success story—both teams were hired by Valve Corporation to create the beloved Portal and Portal 2 games.
This annual event is structured similarly to a classic career fair where employers are assigned booths to represent their companies. Students gain exposure to different job and internship opportunities at different companies, and employers get to connect with the DigiPen student body. Typically the Internship Fair attracts over 400 students and 60 employers each year.
Conferences and Industry Events
DigiPen encourages students to attend game and technology conferences their senior year to increase their hiring exposure. To that end, DigiPen schedules spring break to coincide with the annual Game Developers Conference. Approximately one-quarter of our graduating seniors attend GDC, and Career Services holds workshops to prepare students for this and other important networking events.
DigiPen students can meet individually with members of the Career Services team by appointment. Career Services staff can review students’ résumés and cover letters, conduct practice interview sessions, help students develop soft skills, and offer general career counseling advice. Students of all stages are welcome to meet with a member of the Career Services team, and can schedule an appointment through the student portal.