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

Announcing: CAPX Week 2019

CAPX Week 2019

We're excited to announce that the second annual CAPX Week will be taking place during Crit Week from March 25-30 at CAPX!

CAPX Week is a great opportunity to get to know our advisors and familiarize yourself with some of the amazing resources CAPX offers throughout the year. 

Throughout CAPX Week, you'll have the opportunity to complete your professional materials—including résumés, cover letters, and artist's statements—attend workshops about internships, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and building your professional practice; learn how to get your work documented; and even have your portfolio reviewed one-on-one with industry professionals at Gensler.

We'll also have free coffee and donuts available throughout the week available to anyone stopping through!

View the full CAPX Week Program Guide.

Additionally, CAPX Week will include special walk-in hours with our advisors all day, Monday–Friday, as well as special Expert Exchange sessions taking place Monday–Wednesday. 

Register for CAPX Week Expert Exchange here, and view the Experts and Recruiters below.

CAPX Week Expert Exchange (March 25-27)

Monday, March 25

Scheduled Experts
 
Alev De Costa
Senior Vice President of Client Experience, Weber Shandwick
Tonya Gross
Owner and Creative Director, Shop Small Chicago
Nicole Stack
Senior Vice President of Consumer Operations, Weber Shandwick 
Chris Vicente
Executive Producer/VP IT and Digital Media, JBTV Music Television
Marci Walker
Director of Education, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

 

Tuesday, March 26

Scheduled Experts
 
Danny Schuman
President, Twist
Jeffrey Spivock
Vice President of Client Experience, Weber Shandwick
Chris Vicente
Executive Producer/VP IT and Digital Media, JBTV Music Television
Marci Walker
Director of Education, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

 

Wednesday, March 27

Recruiting50,000ft (12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.) and Grand Studio (12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.)
 
Virtual Expert Exchange: Anita Stubenrauch, Hyperactive Imagination, Inc.
 
Scheduled Experts
 
Emma Arnold
Associate Creative Director, Weber Shandwick
Terri Lonier
Entrepreneur and Arts Professional, terrilonier.com
Anna Russett
Marketing Creative and Millennial Influencer, annarussett.com
Steven Walsh
CEO and Managing Director, Lucid Creative Agency
Emily Hammerman & Ashley Nixon
Marketing and Copy Writing, Epsilon

 

SAIC+Gensler: Portfolio Review (CAPX Week)

Thursday, March 28
11 E. Madison St. #300, Chicago, IL 60602
Gensler Conference Room 10, 3:00 p.m.-6:00p.m.

Learn how to pass the "three-second test," receive constructive advice and feedback, and how to best present your work via individualized "speed-date"-style portfolio reviews with up to 30 of Gensler's own design staff.

RSVP via Eventbritetinyurl.com/GenslerReviews
Password: CAPX2019

*Please note: The deadline for 2019 Gensler Summer Internship applications is March 21.

 

Announcing: CAPX Weekly Programs for 2019

Weekly Programs Banner

With the return of students and classes for the spring semester comes the return of CAPX's Weekly Programs! Join us Monday through Friday at 4:15 p.m. (or throughout the day on Friday) for informative workshops where you can develop your professional materials, learn more about your Strengths, explore job and internship search strategies, or meet with creative industry professionals for Expert Exchange.

Additionally, you can meet with a CAPX advisor at your convenience by making an appointment here. For a quick, 15-minute check-in, stop by during our walk-in hours, Monday–Friday from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. The full schedule of our Weekly Programs is listed below:

Mondays: RésuMondays – Build your résumé, cover letter, or other professional materials every Monday at CAPX. Whether you're starting from scratch or just want some friendly advice, our advisors are here to meet with you!

Tuesdays: Know Your CliftonStrengths® – Discover what motivates you, where you are most in your element, and which career paths might be best for you through your unique CliftonStrengths® assessment in these advisor-led sessions. CliftonStrengths® are especially useful in helping to form your job search strategies, manage group projects, and build your professional presence online.

Wednesdays: Group Jobs Search – Grab a friend and explore how to develop your professional materials, improve your networking and research abilities, and build your interview skills in these advisor-led sessions.

Thursdays: CAPX Internship Info Sessions – Learn more about for-credit internships at SAIC, including our Professional Practice 3900 and CAPX Internship 4001 options, and how best to conduct your internship search.

Fridays: Expert ExchangeExpert Exchange offers students and alumni the opportunity to consult individually with creative professionals and Chicago business leaders about venture ideas and future careers. Visit our calendar to make an appointment with this week's Experts. 

All events are free for SAIC degree-seeking students and alumni.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation for this program should contact careers@saic.edu or 312.499.4130 as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

 

Nothing But "Good Energy" at December 8 "Hackathon"
Good Energy Hackathon

On Saturday, December 8, we hosted our first-ever SAIC Good Energy Project "Hackathon" event, billed as 1 Day, 6 Hours, 4 Winners, $5K, in which we sought to challenge SAIC students to create a social entrepreneurship initiative with guidance from industry mentors and their peers. Our students more than met the challenge: After a day of brainstorming in Room 327 of the Sharp Building, students presented 13 different proposals aimed at creating change in Chicago neighborhoods, each of which succeeded in capturing the spirit of the "Good Energy" mission.

Of these proposals, four winners were chosen: Laetitia Auguste, (BFA 2019), for her project Launch: Restructuring the Curriculum; Urooj Shakeel (MAAD 2019), for her project Truck Art Meets Little Free Library; Carrie Wright (MDDO 2019), for her project Agency: A Workshop Series at CCA Academy; and Kush (Safiya) James (BFA 2019), for her project Neighborhood Arts Festival Supporting Creation of a Community Center.

Congratulations to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing the four winning projects develop in the coming months!

 

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).

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 CAPXhibition

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 CAPXhibition! 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!

 

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!