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Career Center Extended Drop-Ins

Friday, 3/8, 9am to 3pm 

Monday, 3/11, 9am to 3pm

Wednesday, 3/13, 11am to 5pm

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What is Design Portfolio Review Remote?


Design Portfolio Review Remote enables students to gain insights
on their portfolio and presentation skills from professional designers
and hiring managers. 

Who can attend? 

Open to enrolled Juniors, Seniors and Graduate RISD Students. 

First year undergraduate students and Sophomores are not eligible. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you have class at the time of scheduled portfolio reviews, you MUST get permission from your faculty for an excused absence prior to attending.

How do I participate? 

Each company has an OCI listing (On Campus Interview / Portfolio Review) in ArtWorks. Students are encouraged to apply to all of the OCIs for the companies they are interested in. More applications = more chances for portfolio review meetings.

  • To apply students MUST upload a resume/cv.

  • Tuesday, 3/5/2024 at 9:00am: OCI Applications OPEN

  • Wednesday, 3/6/2024 at 11:45pm: OCI Applications CLOSE

  • There is no advantage to applying early.

Portfolio review meetings are assigned by the OCI Application Lottery. The lottery will balance the distribution of all student applications with the meeting time slots for all companies. Learn more: HOW TO APPLY

What if I need to cancel or missed a review?

Every effort should be made to keep your review appointments out of respect for the
reviewer’s time and your fellow students. In the event of an unavoidable hardship, such
as illness or emergency, notify as soon as possible.

To follow up a missed appointment, it is customary to send a brief message of apology to the
reviewer with the hope of future correspondence. To learn more about this process,
visit the Career Center during drop-in hours or book an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

What do I share with reviewers? 
  • Your complete digital portfolio or hard copy via video conference camera

  • PDF resume (submit with OCI application)

  • PDF portfolio sample (optional - submit with OCI application)

How should I dress? 

Dress intentionally, express yourself and show you care. Professionalism in your appearance is a compliment to the quality of your work.

What should I say to reviewers? 
  • Know Your Audience: Students are expected to research the companies or organizations they will be meeting with. Review their websites prior to your portfolio reviews; make notes as you go and develop questions you would like to ask them.

  • Introduce Yourself: Begin by thanking the professional for meeting with you, tell them your name, year in school and major. Explain why you are interested in their company and that you appreciate their feedback and insights on what's expected in a portfolio from applicants.

  • Present Your Portfolio or Demo Reel*: Share your screen with the reviewer and ask how they would like to look at your work - do they prefer to get a quick overview and then ask  about your projects, or would they prefer you tell them about each piece as you share your work? If the reviewer already has your portfolio loaded on their screen, they may begin by asking you questions about your projects and take the lead on navigating your portfolio.
    (* - Share your computer audio when screen sharing if your reel has a soundtrack.)


  • Show Respect & Say Thank You: Respect and gratitude goes a long way and makes an excellent professional impression. Also, follow up with a thank you note to the reviewers who made an impact on you – written is ideal, email works, too!

I didn't get on the schedule for my favorite company. Now what? 

If you applied to the company's OCI, and we hope you did, the company will receive your resume after the event and will know you are interested. You can find the reviewer in ArtWorks and/or on LinkedIn after the Portfolio Review and send them a message to express your interest, to request a follow up meeting and to keep in touch.

Learn all of the details on the HOW TO APPLY page. 

Is there remote meeting etiquette​?
  • Test your camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing ahead of time to be sure everything is working properly. Consider using an ethernet cable between your computer and router for an unstable Wi-Fi connection.

  • Keep background distractions to a minimum.

  • Good lighting will improve the video quality. 

  • Dress appropriately and treat your meeting like any other professional meeting.


What if I need immediate HELP during Design Portfolio Review Remote?​

The Career Center will be on call to assist with any last minute questions or problems throughout the duration of the event. We're happy to help, whether you have a technical question regarding ArtWorks, have second thoughts about an important upcoming meeting, or are unsure about something a reviewer told you. Use our contact info below for help. 

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