Carnegie Mellon University


Creative Arts Opportunities Conference (CAOC)
February 18, 2020

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 17, 2021
HCII Connect
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Newell Simon Hall - 3rd Floor Atrium
*Seperate Paid Registration in Handshake

February 18, 2021

CAOC Employer Check-In and Hospitality Area

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

Design Confluence - Open Studio Tours
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, 1st floor - Check-in Room 110
*There will alse be a design networking reception from 6:30-8:30pm in Miller Gallery 

Architecture Interchange - Open Studio Tours
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, 3rd floor - Check-in Room 307
*There will also be an architecture networking reception from 6:30-8:30pm in CFA 214

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

Registration is open in Handshake in early November 2020.

Registration and Deadlines
$275 through February 4
$325 February 5 - 11

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 lunch 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 CAOC 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 6’ 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 4, 2021 for a full refund. Cancellation requests after February 4 for event registration, additional representative fees, and/or interview table(s) will not be refunded.  All unpaid registration fees are due upon cancellation.

No-Show Policy

If you register but do not attend the event, you are considered to be a "no-show" and 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. To avoid being considered a no-show, please email and cancel no later than February 4, 2021.  All unpaid registrations are due immediately.

If you wish to interview students you meet at the CAOC, interview space is available February 19. Please indicate this within your CAOC registration. 

For your convenience, we've gathered a list of nearby area accommodations. Some offer discount rates to Carnegie Mellon visitors and free shuttle service to campus for your convenience. Not sure about locations? Check out our online campus map. The hotels closest to campus will be in Shadyside, East End and Oakland.

Hotels with an asterisk (*) indicate that Carnegie Mellon should have an annual contract in place for special pricing, group rates, shuttle services, etc. Unique terms and conditions may apply, please check with the hotel directly upon booking.


Warehouse dates: Jan 27 – Feb 14
Last date before surcharge: Feb 14
Late surcharge days: Feb 17-19
Late transfer days: Feb 20

Advance to Warehouse:
CAOC 2021
Exhibit Company Name, Booth #
Stetson Convention Services
c/o Warehouse
2903 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Warehouse Receiving: Monday January 27 to Friday, February 14
Warehouse hours:  Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Items received at the warehouse after the event is over will be charged handling fees, based on the piece count of the outbound shipment

  • Your registration includes the material handling fee for one (1) small package (i.e. carton or fiber case) 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 17 through February 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 20

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.

Directions and Campus Map