Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)

Welcome to CAPX!

We prepare and empower students and alums to build fulfilling and sustainable creative careers.

Students at Chicago Design Museum

Whether you're a student, an employer, or an alum, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) is here for you. Our career advisors offer highly personalized, one-on-one sessions to help you find jobs and internships, explore fellowship and grant opportunities, and gain valuable professional advice to guide you on the road ahead.

Visit our Programs and Events page to learn about our current and upcoming programs and workshops. 

Visit our Resources and Opportunities page to browse new and upcoming opportunities, including fellowships, grants, and residencies; view tutorials on writing artist's statements and documenting work; and explore advice on writing résumés, cover letters, and applying for jobs.

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News and Announcements

Coming Up: The 2018 SAIC Internship + Career Expo!

2018 SAIC Internship + Career Expo

The 2018 SAIC Internship + Career Expo is almost here! Our biggest event of the year returns Thursday, November 29, from 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. in the MacLean Ballroom, bringing together over 65 employers, organizations, and studios from throughout the Chicagoland area to meet with SAIC students and alumni.

The Expo is an amazing opportunity to explore opportunities, learn more about your internship and job options, and to connect with industry professionals from a variety of fields and backgrounds. We'll have a professional Headshot Booth, snacks, a CAPX "Résumé First Aid" Pop-up Shop, and representatives from a variety of SAIC departments and student professional groups ready to meet with you. 

Whether you're looking for an internship, part-time or full-time employment, or you're just curious to learn more about Chicago's creative professional community, we invite all students and alums to check out this year's Expo to get connected, be inspired, and see what's next

Visit our Expo page for an updated list of this year's employers and to watch our video taken from last year's event, and be sure check out our Expo Checklist to learn more about what you can expect and ways you can prepare in advance of attending.

We also encourage you to RSVP to the Expo on Facebook or Engage.

Looking to kick-start your jobs and internship search or get your professional materials together for Expo? Stop by CAPX for one of our weekly workshops held every weekday at 4:15 p.m.!

 

Presenting: Big Interview Tips from CAPX!

We are pleased to present the first clips from our new Big Interview Tips series, filmed at CAPX and featuring SAIC faculty and staff offering their valuable job interview advice. We know interviews can be a stressful part of the jobs and internships process, and Big Interview is a perfect way to sharpen your interviewing skills on your own time in a stress-free environment. We hope these clips help you, too!

Visit our Vimeo page to stream our first few Big Interview Tips clips featuring CAPX Faculty Advisor and Contemporary Practices Professor Troy Briggs (pictured above) and CAPX Assistant Director of Internships Michael Goode.

Big Interview is a no-stress, virtual mock interview platform for all experience levels available on SAIC Compass, offering practice and feedback 24/7 from the privacy of your dorm or studio. Log on to Compass and click on "Big Interview" on the navigation bar under "My Briefcase" to get started.

 

Announcing: 2018 Fall CAP-Xhibition

Clayton Phillips, Untitled, 2017

Clayton Phillips, Untitled, 2017.

We are excited to announce our first-ever student art showcase featured at CAPX, the Fall 2018 CAP-Xhibition! Curated by our own student assistant, Sendra Uebele, these student works will be on display throughout the CAPX offices on the 14th floor of the Lakeview Building until January 2019. The CAP-Xhibition kicked off last Friday, October 26, with an opening reception at CAPX that included students, faculty, and staff who were invited to view the displayed artworks in their entirety for the first time.

We will also be sharing photos of each piece of artwork on our Instagram (@saiccareers) throughout the length of the exhibition, so be sure to follow along and hit that "like" button.

We hope you stop by this fall to view the works in person and #ExperienceCAPX as it has never been seen before!

 

Introducing: 2018 CAPX Peer Advisors

CAPX Peer Advisors

We are pleased to introduce our 2018 CAPX Peer Advisors Morgan Itterly and Kathryn Fitzgerald (pictured above), and our Graduate Peer Advisor Tricia Park! Our peer advisors are here to help students explore CAPX programs, workshops, and events, and to offer advice on résumés, cover letters, artist's statements, portfolios, and other professional materials. 

Be on the lookout for Morgan, Kathryn, and Tricia at CAPX and at our programs and events, and be sure to say hello!

 

Coming Up: MakeWorkshops and SAIC Good Energy Project Info Sessions

2018 Fall MakeWorkshops

We're excited to announce a number of MakeWorkshops for this fall to help students prepare and develop their projects for the MakeWork showcase in the spring. Each session will take place in Room 327 in the Sharp Building from 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

For students interested in additional opportunities to brainstorm their entrepreneurial endeavors, CAPX will be hosting an information session for the SAIC Good Energy Project on Wednesday, October 24, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 111, MacLean Center. Come to the session to learn how you can win a $5,000 prize to help channel your creative skills toward making life better in Chicago neighborhoods.

The initiative will culminate in the SAIC Good Energy Project Hackathon on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 327 in the Sharp Building—an event that we like to think of as: 1 Day, 6 Hours, 4 Winners, $5K!

 

Introducing: 2018 CAPX Faculty Career Advisors

Faculty Advisors 2018

We are pleased to introduce our Faculty Advisors for 2018 (from left): Ann Chen (MFA, 2002); Troy Briggs (MFA 2012); and Nick Sagan. In addition to bringing specialized areas of media-specific expertise to their advising sessions, our Faculty Advisors are a central component to the CAPX Internship program, guiding students through their internship experience and in the creation of professional materials and portfolios. 

Ann brings her studies and professional experience in architecture, painting, and her private studio practice to her advising sessions, where she helps students identify individual strengths, skills, and strategies related to professional development.

Troy is an interdisciplinary artist who teaches Contemporary Practices, and he adds an incisive perspective on portfolio submissions that is informed by his time participating in juries and search committees. 

Nick is in his sixth year teaching in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department, and he has a keen interest in seeing students succeed both in their artworks and in their professional practices.

Make an appointment with any of our Faculty Advisors today!