Georgia Tech hosted its annual Interactivity event on Jan. 31 in the Historic Academy of Medicine.
More than 120 students and representatives from 61 companies participated in the annual showcase and job fair for graduate students enrolled in one of three master’s programs at Georgia Tech – M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction, M.S. in Digital Media, and Master of Industrial Design.
New this year, Interactivity, which is presented by the GVU Center and sponsored by Mailchimp, included a traditional job fair. Eighteen companies participated in the fair, which was focused specifically on user experience-related jobs.
As in past years, Interactivity kicked off with a morning poster session for students to share research projects with visiting industry partners. After lunch, students took part in “one-minute madness,” an opportunity for each student to take the stage and give a one-minute elevator pitch about themselves, their interests, and their work.
“Interactivity is unique because it provides a one-stop shop for companies looking for world-class HCI and UX talent,” said Dick Henneman, a professor of the practice in the School of Interactive Computing and the Director of the MS-HCI program. “We experimented this year by including a traditional career fair for our MS-HCI, MID, and MSDM students. Judging by the reaction from both students and company recruiters, it was a huge hit that will continue in the future.”
Interactivity has proven successful over the years for students looking to enter industry as a STEM professional. Since 2014-18, in fact, more than 50 percent of graduates from the MS-HCI program took jobs at major companies in five of the top 10 metro areas for STEM professionals – 28.7 percent to Atlanta, 15.8 percent to San Francisco, Calif., and 6.4 percent to Seattle, Wash.
For more information on Georgia Tech’s affiliated master’s programs and Interactivity in general, follow the links below: