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: "Jump-Start January" CAPX Graduate Student Programs

Jump-Start January

Our new series of programs designed specifically for graduate students, Jump-Start January, officially begins next week. Featuring events, lectures, and workshops ranging fromCliftonStrengths® sessions to one-on-one financial planning meetings with Portland-based podcaster Lillian Karabaic, graduate students will have a variety of opportunities to "jump-start" their year with a little help from CAPX.

Register on SAIC Compass or Engage.

Monday, January 14: Know Your CliftonStrengths®
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sharp 327
Discover your dominant talents and the ways in which you naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. Learn what motivates you, where you are most in your element, and which career paths might be best for you by using this insightful assessment!

Tuesday, January 15: Tools for Teaching
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sharp 327

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Dwayne Moser will give an overview of the nuts and bolts of the application and interviewing process as well as the philosophical components of teaching. You'll also learn how to survive your first round of interviews. Additionally, Christina Gomez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion, will lead a discussion on crafting a diversity statement. You'll learn what is important to consider when drafting this now essential element for your application packet. Finally, CAPX's own Nancy Gildart will facilitate a workshop for developing a teaching philosophy that fits; you'll learn what is important to you in your teaching practice and how to express it.

Wednesday, January 16: Paths to Publishing
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Learn how to share your ideas with the public by getting into the habit of writing, blogging, and giving conference presentations. Sessions will be led by novelist Eileen Favorite and Duncan MacKenzie of the Bad At Sports podcast.

Thursday, January 17: Write On!
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Proposal Writing 101 and beyond with the Museum of Contemporary Art's Gibran Villalobos. This workshop will touch on various logistics surrounding grants, fellowships, residencies, and other applications. Emphasis will be placed on coherence of writing in relation to support images/work samples, curating work appropriate for application demands, clarity and feasibility of vision, budgetary organization, and project time line estimations.

Friday, January 18: Get Real: Creative Canvas
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Learn how to use Creative Canvas, an idea exploration and planning tool for creative projects, with Chicago Artists Coalition's Penny Duff and multimedia artist and cultural organizer Erica Mott.

Tuesday, January 22: Oh, My Dollar!
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Sharp 2nd Fl, SW Corner

Being fiscally responsible with Portland-based podcaster Lillian Karabaic. Take the fear out of managing your money, loans, and livelihood and learn how to face your fiscal responsibilities head-on. Lillian will cover strategies for taking control of your finances, including making a personal budget and developing savings and contingency plans.

Wednesday, January 23
CAPX, Lakeview 14th Fl

One-on-one financial planning sessions with Lillian Karabaic. Sign up at


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) 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!