Welcome to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the nation located in one of the greatest American cities. 

Students and SAIC alumni are talented artists, designers, writers, and scholars who deliver fresh perspectives and new capabilities to the workplace. They possess the most innovative and advanced training, and are eager to bring their strengths to the professional environment. We’re excited to help you explore ways you can work with them.

SAIC’s Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) team works closely with employers to provide career and internship opportunities for students and alumni who have studied and worked at the forefront of creative industries. Over the years we’ve partnered with more than 2,000 local, national, and international employers and internship providers. We invite you to join this distinguished network.

Interested in hiring our students or alumni?

Our free, online platform, SAIC Compass, makes it easy to list available internships, full-time and part-time jobs, freelance, seasonal  and volunteer opportunities, and calls to enter. Visit SAIC Compass to create an account for your company/organization and post one of the above positions. 

Employers new to SAIC Compass: Create an Account
Employers with existing SAIC Compass accounts: Login
Questions about your SAIC Compass account: saiccompass@saic.edu

SAIC's For-Credit Internship Program

SAIC’s For-Credit Internship Program provides students the opportunity to earn course credit while participating in arts-related work experiences. Employers get the opportunity to work with highly talented students and benefit from their advanced artistic and technological training and skills.  

Companies, organizations, and individuals interested in becoming Internship Providers are welcome to post for-credit internship descriptions on SAIC Compass. Once approved, the positions will be published and viewable 24/7 by students seeking for-credit internship opportunities. Applicants will contact the Internship Provider directly. If an offer of internship is extended, the student must register with the CAPX office in order to obtain course credit. 

Note: F-1 International students cannot work off-campus unless they are earning course credit through one of our For-Credit Internship options and process a Curricular Practical Training(CPT) authorization. An employer that wishes to hire an international student intern must be an approved For-Credit Internship Provider. 

SAIC maintains high standards for the types of experiences that qualify for its For-Credit Internship Program. Additionally, we expect employers to follow United States Department of Labor guidelines regarding internships (based on the Federal Labor Standards Act, FLSA) when crafting their position descriptions.

Internship guidelines

For-Credit Internship Compensation Options

There are three options for compensation of For-Credit internships: Employer-Paid, paid through Federal Work Study, or unpaid.

Employer-Paid—These positions provide hourly rates of pay determined by the Internship Provider. An hourly rate of at least minimum wage in Chicago ($11.00 per hour) is required to qualify as an Employer-Paid Internship

Federal Work Study (FWS)—This cost-sharing program is available to organizations with proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status. Federal Work Study Information for Employers [PDF]‌

Non-paid—Employers are welcome to offer unpaid internships on SAIC Compass. Like paid internships, these positions must meet the U. S. Department of Labor guidelines, and be of educational value to the participating student. Offering unpaid internships may limit the pool of qualified candidates you receive. 

Examples of established SAIC For-Credit Internships

SAIC has relationships with several hundred Chicago area companies, organizations, artists and institutions. Every academic year, we place more than 500 SAIC students in internships throughout Chicago, the United States, and internationally. 
Examples of Internships for credit [PDF]

For details about SAIC's For-Credit Internship Program contact:
Theresa Gimpel, Assistant Director, Employer Relations

For questions regarding our online internship and job search platform, SAIC Compass, contact: