If you have any questions or would like to get involved, contact Dana Weaver at careerservices[at]digipen[dot]edu.
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.
DigiPen’s Redmond, Washington campus is located in one of the biggest centers of video game development in the country. Faculty take advantage of the close proximity to top-tier game companies by regularly inviting industry professionals to give guest lectures and attend on-campus events.
The DigiPen Job Portal is a free resource that allows students to post their resumes, search for open jobs, and RSVP for career events. The Job Portal also allows students to access our Resource Library, containing important job search tips and tricks specific to the video game industry. Company recruiters may sign up for a free account, post job openings, and review resumes.
DigiPen regularly schedules on-campus visits by some of the industry’s top companies, giving students the opportunity to meet with recruiters, 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, ArenaNet, and many others.
Once every spring, graduating DigiPen seniors show off their projects to 80-plus industry recruiters from around the nation. Instead of a traditional career fair where the companies have booths, our students set up booths and display their projects, reels, and portfolios to top companies. Remember Portal? Valve Software hired the team of DigiPen graduates behind this groundbreaking puzzle game after seeing their student project Narbacular Drop at Career Day 2005. Excited for Portal 2? Valve recruited another team of DigiPen graduates at Career Day 2009 to help develop this sequel. Read other student success stories.
DigiPen sends representatives to the following conferences throughout the year:
We also encourage students to attend conferences their senior year to increase their hiring exposure. To that end, DigiPen schedules Spring Break during the annual Game Developers Conference. Approximately one quarter of our graduating seniors attend to participate in recruiting events. Introduce yourself to one of our booth representatives to discuss your company’s hiring needs.
DigiPen students are connected to an academic advisor from day one who can help them negotiate the finer aspects of job seeking, including salary negotiation, soft skill development, and company research.