Career and Job Recruiting Events at Columbia College Chicago

The Portfolio Center works as a bridge between Columbia’s academic community and the professional creative industries, hosting a number of different programs and events for professionals and employers to meet and engage with our students to review their work and exchange career information.

Organizing recruiting events, on-campus visits, class presentations, info sessions, panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and off-site field trips to local creative organizations and partners are just a few of the ways that we put creative professionals directly in touch with emerging talent at Columbia. Ways to get involved include:

Career & Job Fairs

Career Fair

Welcomes industry partners and employers to campus with opportunities corresponding to Columbia College academic majors and programs to recruit for full-time and part-time openings and internships. This is a career-focused, one-day, recruiting event that invites creative industry employers to present positions that directly relate to the professional careers of students, graduates and alumni. Date is TBA.

Job Fair

Invites the neighborhood and Chicagoland businesses to campus offering paid part-time and full-time jobs that may help students support themselves while continuing their education at Columbia College. This is a one-day, tabled event and a great opportunity to introduce your company or business, collect applications, and share information about work and opportunities students may take advantage of locally. Date of Job Fair is October 6, 2015.

Virtual Job Fair

Online alternative offering employers, companies, organizations and businesses another option to recruit students and alumni. Reach out to candidates virtually, post graduation, in between, and during semester breaks, with paid opportunities. June 22 – 26, 2015
More information available here..

Here to Hire

Here to Hire events invite employers and industry partners to campus to recruit current Columbia College students for careers analogous to their academic majors and program of study. These regularly scheduled “pop-up career fairs” take place throughout the year and are designed to give employers a chance to deliver presentations and provide info sessions so students may get to know them a little bit better. HTH visits also offer some one-on-one time for employers and potential candidates to talk about present opportunities and see if it’s a match.

Portfolio Day

Formerly known as the series “Industry Events”, Portfolio Day invites creative industry professionals to campus for a one-day event to meet with grads and graduating seniors, and provide feedback on their best work and portfolios. This is a curated event divided into morning, afternoon, and evening sessions organized by academic majors and industry hubs. Portfolio Day 2016 will take place April 2016. Contact us for more information.

Use ColumbiaWorks to post full-time, part-time, freelance, volunteer, paid, unpaid, and internship opportunities anytime throughout the year.

Contact an Internship Coordinator to discuss academic internships and internships for college credit.

View TalentPool profiles to directly contact and collaborate with the Columbia College community.

Have questions about recruiting and networking with Columbia College Chicago students? Please contact the Portfolio Center Front desk at 312-369-7280 or