Careers and Internships: Career Advising and Services
We’re here to help you navigate your career options.
Career advisors help you develop a unique career path that is creatively satisfying, challenging, and rewarding. We'll assist you with résumés, cover letters, artist statements, proposals, and more. We can also help you select your strongest work for portfolios and identify opportunities that are right for you. Don't try to figure out your career options alone: have a conversation about your life as a creative professional with an SAIC career advisor.
We can help you:
- Prepare résumés and portfolios
- Develop networking and interviewing skills
- Find on- and off-campus employment
- Prepare for Co-op internships
- Develop a career strategy and employment skills
- Apply for professional opportunities
- Develop project, exhibition and funding proposals
- Pursue exhibition, presentation and publishing opportunities
- Apply for graduate school
Make an appointment to meet with an advisor.
Each SAIC Career Advisor has a unique background and specific advising focus:
Co-director, Career + Co-op Center
Under Vicki Engonopoulos's supervision, the Co-op Program has placed more than 9,000 students in art-related internships, where they earn course credit and gain valuable work experience. She has been a major player in guiding and expanding the Cooperative Internship Education Program as well as key components of experiential learning. She is chair of the arts and culture group for the National Society of Experiential Education and an active member of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Engonopoulos obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in painting and drawing. She has also taught photography and ceramics and led several SAIC study trips to Ireland and Greece. She continues to remember that place of being a young artist and assists students with transactions and transitions to their professional practices as artists.
Katharine (Kate) Schutta
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Co-director of the Career + Co-op Center
Kate Schutta advises students and alumni/ae on professional and job search strategies and coordinates Career + Co-op Center activities and resources. Schutta’s past experience includes book cover and poster illustration and teaching at SAIC and the Royal College of Art. Exhibitions include: National Museum of Art, Wroclaw; Royal College of Art (RCA); and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Grants and Fellowships: Chicago Artists Assistance Program grants; RCA Research Fellowship in Communication Design; and Peoples' Republic of Poland Art & Culture Grant. Education: MFA (1989), BFA (1985), School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BA History of Art (1983), Bryn Mawr College.
Tom Burtonwood enjoys working with students and alumni to help them determine what their goals are, what type of research they might pursue, and what action to take to develop these ideas into concrete opportunities. Burtonwood has a background in arts administration, art fairs, curating, event management, and magazine publishing, and he can advise students and alumni in these aspects of the art world. In addition to acting as a career advisor Burtonwood teaches in the Arts Administration and Policy and Contemporary Practices departments at SAIC. He enjoys helping students act upon their imaginations, develop critical thinking, and hone their problem solving skills. Burtonwood maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.
Ann Chen works with students and alumni to identify individual strengths, skills, and strategies as related to professional development. Her focus is to help artists seek out and establish ties in the arts and design community. She began her studies in architectural history (BA UMD, 1994), and worked in the design field specializing in Project Administration and HR Management. In 2002, Chen completed the MFA program at SAIC. Her studies and professional experience in architecture and painting shaped her interest in multidisciplinary studio practice. She helps students navigate the wide ranging array of resources and find the best fit in their job search, internship, or studio practice.
Assistant Director, Career Specialist
Nancy Gildart helps students and alumni develop strategies and identify opportunities for building their creative practices. She works with students to hone their applications for exhibitions, grants, fellowships (including Fulbright), residencies, graduate school, and more. Transferring from the corporate world, Gildart earned a BFA and then an MFA (2000) from SAIC's Department of Fiber and Material Studies. In addition to these degrees, she uses her past education—English and Library Science—every day in working with students to research opportunities and to develop persuasive proposals.
Danielle Campbell, originally from Texas, graduated from SAIC with a BFA in May 2013. Her curriculum was multidisciplinary, spanning across sculpture, designed objects, performance, film and video. Her practice now utilizes mostly film and video, and she collaboratively programs screenings and produces videos for musicians in Chicago with the film collective she co-founded, Psychopomp. She has interned for Artpace San Antonio, LVL3 Gallery, Music Box Films, and artist Dan Paz. Campbell has been actively involved in the Career + Co-op Center for more than three years, assisting with the Working Artist Program and Peer Advising students. She is now advising full time and hopes to provide students with a relatable and current perspective on being a student while also supplementing academia with the right kind of opportunities to make for the best possible future.
Margaret Hutchins, most recently from Seattle, received a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts from Northland College in 2009 and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Painting from The Burren College of Art in 2014. Before joining the Career + Co-op Center team, Hutchins has worked for environmental groups, zoological institutions, and as a sustainable farmer. Today her painting practice is focused on creating conversations about the growing issues in American agriculture through life-sized portraits of livestock.
Clemenstien Love is an instructor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. She received her BIA from SAIC, and her MArch Architecture from Columbia University, NY. She is also the principal architect for CL Design Studio, a design/build studio that specializes in ownership and the renovation and preservation of vintage residential buildings. Previous positions include: Project Architect, Nia Architects, Chicago; Junior Architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, NY.
Rebecca Keller is Adjunct Associate Professor in Sculpture, Art History, Theory, Criticism, and program director of the MAAE. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and MFA from Northern Illinois University. As a Fulbright Artist/Scholar, an American Association of Museums Fellowship recipient and NEA Grant Winner, she is a multiple award winner. Her work situates itself in the border zones between artists, arts institutions, social practice and writing. Drawn to projects with historical, literary or political connotations, Keller's work is engaged with excavating the hidden stories and the cultural mythologies associated with given places.
Loretta Bourque is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SAIC in Contemporary Practices, Painting and Drawing, and the Division of Continuing Studies & Special Programs. She has also taught as visiting faculty and Artist in Residence at Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL.; Assistant Professor at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston and was Associate Instructor at the University of California at Davis. Bourque received her BFA from SAIC in 1991, and her MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2000. She has exhibited all over the world, in cities including Tel Aviv, London, Los Angeles and New York City. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and most recently, Loretta's work is showcased in the periodical New American Painting, Volume 101.
John Henley works with students and coop employers to make the coop experience successful and productive. As an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Contemporary Practices Department, he teaches Research Studio and Core Studio, preparing students for a fruitful experience at SAIC. As a coop advisor he uses a job history that includes working in museums, commercial galleries, non-profit organizations, a theater, a design firm as well as teaching in Chicago Public Schools. Henley has been showing his work for over 30 years, most recently at Slow in Pilsen, Roots and Culture, MWD Art Fair, Research House for Asian Art, Zhou Brothers Art Center, and at Darke Gallery in Houston. His art practice is based on painting but often takes the form of works on paper, installations, books or animated video.
Josh Rios lives and works in Chicago. In 2013 he received a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Along with a solo practice that includes video, writing, photography, sound, drawing, and performance, Rios is a founding member of the artist collective and gallery space Okay Mountain established in 2006. Upcoming projects include Every Sentence is Populated by the Voices of Others, a performative lecture series and pedagogical experiment to take place at Texas State University, and a solo project at Storefront gallery in Chicago, IL. As part of Okay Mountain, Rios has been collected and shown in museums and galleries across the country, including a recent solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles (2012). Currently Rios teaches Core I and Research I in the Contemporary Practices Department as well as Drawing Studio in the Early College Program.
Veronica Bruce works with students to have a positive and productive co-op experience. She is an Instructor in the Contemporary Practices Department. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011. She taught high school art from 2005–11 for Township High School District 214 in Illinois. Solo exhibitions include Julius Caesar, Chicago and the Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale. Her work has been included in exhibitions at John Almquist Gallery, South Shore Art Festival, Robert Bills Contemporary, the Nevica Project, Park Schreck Gallery, with curators Casa Duno, and at Aqua Art Miami. Awards include the ArtSlant Prize of 2012, and artist residencies at Threewalls Chicago, Bundanon Trust in New South Wales, Australia, and Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania. Bruce lives and works in Chicago.