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Career Development

The College for Creative Studies’ Career Development office is dedicated to exposing students and alumni to professional development opportunities and resources that will aid them in identifying and obtaining their personal career goals.

The Career Development office prepares students for life after graduation by offering guidance on resume, CV and cover letter preparation, interview skills and job search techniques.

They inform students about various career paths open to artists and designers and schedule on-campus recruitment events that bring companies to our students. In addition, the online Job Book allows students to search job postings and internships, as well as upload their resume and sample work for employers to review

Special Events

Career Development coordinates events and personalized on-campus recruiting throughout the year, in addition to providing the following services:

Online Services

Event information, resume and cover letter tips, steps to pursue an internship and other online career resources are provided on the College’s intranet, Blackboard.


The Internship Program allows qualified students to earn academic credit while gaining first-hand experience in their chosen fields. Internships are available to students with a junior or senior ranking who have completed freshman and sophomore studios. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8. Students applying for an internship must have their portfolios reviewed and approved by a full-time faculty member in their department.

Industry Professionals Visit CCS

Career Development hosts many career events throughout the year, including: On-campus recruiting, panels and roundtable discussions, professional portfolio reviews and company information sessions.

Professional Topic Series

Workshops from Resume 101 to Interview Skill to Business Etiquette and everything in between!


Career Resources

Resources include job search sites, grant information, competitions, fellowships, copyright information, gallery listings, professional organizations, self-promotion, freelance jobs and more.

CCS Four-Year Career Plan

Freshman: Exploration

  • Get to know your faculty mentor and department Chair.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • READ, READ, READ professional publications to stay current.
  • Attend guest lectures.
  • Start a portfolio by documenting every project. Take crisp, clutter-free photos and back up all digital files.
  • Begin attending Career Development professional development workshops. See Blackboard for the schedule.

Sophomores: Research

  • Research companies/organizations of interest for internships, residencies, fellowships.
  • Continue creating a portfolio/demo reel with your companies/organizations of interest in mind.
  • Meet with your faculty mentor and academic advisor to select coursework to support your career interests.
  • Visit Career Development to explore the resources available to you including one-on-one career planning.
  • Request an informational interview.
  • Continue attending Career Development professional development workshops.

Juniors: Refine your plan

  • Continue creating a professional portfolio/demo reel. Never discount the power of your sketchbook.
  • Continue to research companies/organizations of interest. Bookmark important websites.
  • Participate in on-campus career events including portfolio reviews, interview days, panels and workshops. Be sure to connect on LinkedIn with the people you meet.
  • Refine your verbal presentation skills, including phone interview and Skype practices.
  • Apply for internships and track all correspondence for appropriate follow-up.
  • Continue attending Career Development professional development workshops.

Seniors: Execute your plan

  • Compile your target list early, including potential places of employment, graduate schools, fellowships/residencies, and other artistic opportunities.
  • Refine your portfolio/demo reel, resume, cover letter and artist statement (where appropriate).
  • Meet with Career Development and your faculty to prepare for next steps after graduation.
  • Refine the verbal presentation of your work to include industry terminology and relevant touch points.
  • Research salary trends in your field based on the location of the company/organization.
  • Follow-up with relevant contacts in your network to let them know you are graduating and interested in employment opportunities.
  • APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! – Submit applications to pertinent opportunities, being thoughtful in your approach.
  • Again, track all correspondence for appropriate follow-up.

Career Development Staff

Shannon McPartlon
Executive Director, Office of Partnerships

Thomas Hicks
Career Coach, Design Majors
[email protected]