Carnegie Mellon University


Creative Arts Opportunities Conference (CAOC)
February 20-21, 2019

The CAOC is focused on connecting employers with our students interested in creative industries from the College of Fine Arts and beyond through opportunities including the Career Fair, Design ConfluenceHCII Connect, and Architecture Interchange

Find talent for your full-time, part-time, summer, or internship positions.

February 20, 2019
HCII Connect
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Newell Simon Hall - 3rd Floor Atrium

February 21, 2019

CAOC Employer Check-In and Hospitality Area

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Connan Room, 1st floor - Cohon University Center
Coffee/water available                  

Confluence - Open Studio Tours
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Morrison Building - Room 110, 1st Floor 

Architecture Interchange
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Morrison Building - Room 307, 3rd Floor

Creative Arts Opportunities Conference - Career Fair
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wiegand Gymnasium, 1st floor - Cohon University Center

Registration is open in Handshake!

Registration and Deadlines
$200 through February 7
$250 February 8 - 14

What's Included
Registration includes one 6' x 30" career fair skirted table, 2 chairs, electrical outlet, Wi-Fi internet access, 1 parking access code per company, up to 4 representatives and one lunch voucher for each attending representative.

CAOC:  Goes Green            
The CPDC is dedicated to the University-wide Scotty Goes Green initiative.  As part of this effort, we ask that all Spark employers limit giveaways to those items that are practical and usable. These might include: candy, chapsticks, hand sanitizer, notebooks, pens, USB sticks. Please join us in taking steps towards a more sustainable future for us all! 

Company Displays/Banners
Company display/banner dimensions for CAOC cannot exceed 8’ high x 3’ wide.  Contact Janet Vojtash if your display/banner exceeds these requirements.  Although not guaranteed, every effort will be made for those employers who have displays/banners that go beyond the stated dimensions

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations must be emailed to Janet Vojtash at on or before February 7, 2019 for a full refund. Cancellation requests after February 7 for event registration, additional representative fees, and/or interview table(s) will not be refunded under any circumstances.

No-Show Policy

If you register but do not attend the event, you are not entitled to transfers or refunds at any time. No-shows forfeit their entire registration fee and materials, and are not eligible to roll the registration package over to another event. 

If you wish to interview students you meet at the CAOC, interview space is available February 22. Please indicate this within your CAOC registration. 

For your convenience, here are nearby accommodations that you may consider. The Career and Professional Development Center highly recommends the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place and the Courtyard Marriott Shadyside. Mention that you are attending a Carnegie Mellon University career fair for a special rate.

STETSON CONVENTION SERVICES manages our event shipping needs.  Questions can be directed to 412-223-1090. 
Please DO NOT send materials to the Career and Professional Development Center. 

Company Displays/Banners MUST be shipped to:
Exhibit Company Name, Booth #
c/o Stetson Convention Services
2900 Stayton St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Stetson Warehouse Receiving Dates:  January 28 - February 15
-       Late to warehouse surcharge:  February 16 - 19
-       Late surcharge and transfer to show site:  February 20 & 21 

  • Your registration includes the material handling fee for one (1) package from Stetson's warehouse to the career fair 
  • Stetson will apply a material handling fee of $60 for each additional package after the first
  • A late fee of an additional $25 will apply to all packages received at Stetson's warehouse on or after February 16 - 19 
  • Please be advised that Stetson will apply a late warehouse fee of an additional $25, late handling fee of an additional $60 and a late transfer fee of $50 to all packages on or after February 19 - 21

Note: Do not ship materials to Carnegie Mellon University. All career fair materials must be shipped to Stetson Convention Services.  For your convenience, an Exhibitor Packet containing shipping address labels will be emailed to all registrants.

If you choose to use another means of shipping other than FedEx or UPS, please make those arrangements prior to the event day. You must call your carrier directly and request pickup from Carnegie Mellon University - Wiegand Gym. Materials may be picked up between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on the day of the event at:

Carnegie Mellon University
Cohon University Center - Wiegand Gym, 1st floor
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Please include a return shipping label with your materials so that they can be sent back to your company.  FedEx and UPS will be on hand.  If you use a carrier other than FedEx and UPS, please call your carrier directly for your package pickup as listed above.

We will reserve one parking space per company in the East Campus Garage for the day of the CAOC. A parking access code will be emailed prior to the event. 

This code is also required to exit the garage and is only good for one entry and one exit.

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