Explore CAPX

Exhale, Explore, Experience CAPX!

CAPX is your one-stop shop for valuable career advising and a wide range of programming and events to assist you in developing the skills, experience, self-knowledge, and confidence you need to navigate your creative future.

We can help you:

  • Develop résumés, cover letters, proposals, cover letters, artist’s statements, and portfolios.
  • Implement job search strategies and explore job and internship opportunities posted specifically for SAIC students and alumni through our online platform, SAIC Compass.
  • Apply for on-campus employment opportunities via SAIC Launch On-Campus
  • Explore for-credit internships and apply to jobs related to your area of interest.
  • Discover your personal strengths and talents through assessments including CliftonStrengths®, Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI).
  • Pursue exhibition, residency, fellowship opportunities, and funding, including Fulbright grants.
  • Learn about contemporary practices in emerging creative industries, freelancing, and self-employment.
  • Network with SAIC alumni and professionals from a wide range of creative organizations and practices.


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.

CAPX Presents: Big Interview Tips 

Our new Big Interview Tips series, filmed at CAPX and featuring SAIC faculty and staff offering their valuable job interview advice, is intended to demystify the often intimidating interviewing process for students and alums. We know interviews can be stressful, and Big Interview is a perfect way to sharpen your interviewing skills on your own time in a stress-free environment.

Visit our Vimeo page to keep up with our Big Interview Tips series.

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.


Meet with Our Advisors

Make an appointment with a CAPX advisor or visit us during walk-in hours from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday for a quick check-in.

We are located on the 14th floor of the Lakeview Building on 116 South Michigan Avenue. Our office is open Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Visit our Meet the CAPX Team page to learn more about our career and faculty advisors. 

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