Co-op Orientations

Academic Year 2014–15

Starting in September 2014, all Co-op orientations will take place in the new Career + Co-op Center Conference Room at 112 South Michigan Avenue, 14th floor, from 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Co-op orientations in August will be held in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Student Leadership Suite, room 205, from 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Fall 2014

Thursday, August 7
Wednesday, August 20
Thursday, August 28
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Wednesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 10
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Spring 2015

Wednesday, November 12
Tuesday, November 25
Wednesday, December 10
Thursday, January 22
Thursday, January 29
Tuesday, February 3
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Summer 2015

Tuesday, March 17
Wednesday, April 1
Tuesday, April 14
Thursday, May 7
Thursday, June 11
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Working Artist Program

Artist Statement Workshop

Wednesday, June 18, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Kate Schutta leads this interactive workshop that will help you speak and write more clearly about your practice.

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Past Events

Speed Networking with Alumni

Wednesday, April 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 1st floor

Join us for a one night event to connect with Chicago-based alumni professionals. Freelancers, studio artists, writers, designers, administrators, from a range of organizations including the Field Museum, Mrs Judd’s Games//KaBoom, Chicago Loop Alliance, Hyde Park Art Center, Acre Artists Residency, Ogilvy and Mather, A & A Studios, The Bike Room, NFA Art Installation, DRA Gallery, Sonjay Studios, Elmhurst Museum of Art, Expo Chicago, Smart Museum.

Open Forum: Your Job Search

Wednesday, May 7, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

As the semester comes to a close, we want to give you the chance to squeeze in those last-minute questions about finding your dream job. This Working Artist Program event is less about workshopping and more about discussing issues, advice and questions related to your job search, as a group.

U.S. Student Fulbright Information Session

Thursday, April 24, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 215

Join us to learn about how to apply for this prestigious fellowship for study/research abroad. We'll discuss the process for applying through SAIC and the kinds of projects SAIC alumni have done and where they've gone.

Acing the Interview

Wednesday, April 16, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Your résumé made it out of the stack, and now you've been called in to interview for the position. In this workshop, we'll talk about what to look for when researching the company, which questions to be prepared for, which questions to be prepared with, and the right steps to take following the interview.

Starting and Revising Your Résumé

Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sharp Building,  37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Your résumé is a marketing tool that promotes your skills and accomplishments while sparking an employer's interest in interviewing you. In this intensive workshop, we'll help you develop a résumé that is strategic and competitive. Please email your résumés to Kate Schutta, and indicate if you are willing to share with the group. Kate will tailor this interactive workshop to participants' interests and needs.

Talking to Strangers, Connecting to Future Colleagues

Wednesday, April 2, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Networking, networking, networking. More than ever, it's not so much about what you know but who you know. In this workshop, we'll work on how you conduct informational interviews with potential future colleagues. Informational interviews, or networking, can range from topics inquiring about how someone got started in the field to organizations or companies they recommend you looking into.

Documenting Your Work

Saturday, February 22, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Visiting artist Robert Chase Heishman will discuss best practices for documenting your work, including equipment demonstrations, editing tips, and how to present works online.

Using Social Media: Intro to LinkedIn

Wednesday, January 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Behance, blogs, websites. Social media are key to your professional life and visibility to the world as an artist.  Key for securing jobs, landing exhibition opportunities, developing collaborations, etc., and can now be listed as a skill on your résumé. We'll talk about strategies for using social media to represent yourself and your work.


Introducing Yourself: Beyond the Elevator Speech

Wednesday, February 5, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Your elevator speech is a short speech that says who you are, what you do, and what you are interested in doing. In this workshop, we'll work on how you can describe yourself and your work in a clear and concise manner.


Writing Your Artist Statement

Saturday, February 8, 10:00–3:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

This day-long interactive workshop will give you the confidence and the tools for writing a compelling statement about your art or design practice for graduate school and funding applications, exhibition opportunities, press releases, websites, and prepare you to talk about your work, when the work isn't there!


Creating an Online Résumé and Portfolio

Wednesday, February 19, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Your online résumé and portfolio are often the first impression employers will get. We'll discuss how to go about creating your résumé to go online and how to use Behance, the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. We will also discuss what makes an online portfolio successful, why self-curation is so important, and how to build a following for your work. This workshop will include step-by-step instructions for utilizing Behance and a Q&A to address individual questions.


Finding Job Opportunities

Wednesday, March 5, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

So you have a résumé, portfolio and a LinkedIn profile—now what? This workshop will provide tips, tricks, and strategies for finding the job you're looking for by networking through the right channels and searching online.
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Applying For Jobs: Successful Applications

Wednesday, March 19, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

You've found your dream job. How do you make your application stand out in a stack of several others with similar backgrounds and qualifications? This workshop will discuss ways for you to help distinguish yourself from the pile and get that interview.
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Artist Statement Triage: Preparing for the
Fellowship Competitions

Thursday, March 20, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

This event is our second Artist Statement workshop of the semester and will be geared toward preparing for your BFA/MFA Fellowship competition applications. Come in ready with something you'd like to revise or something that you think needs a second opinion.
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What's My Job? Talking about Your Future with Working Artist Alumni

First-year students living in the residence halls are invited to meet SAIC alumni, both seasoned in their field and recently graduated, to hear about their lives after SAIC—their jobs and careers, and how they got where they are today. 

‌Vincent Uribe and Wyatt Grant in Conversation with Trace Krug

Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
162 North State Street Residences, 162 N. State St.

Vincent Uribe, BFA 2013
Director LVL3 Gallery; Arts Coordinator at Arts of Life

Wyatt Grant, BFA 2011
Artist and Freelance Graphic Designer

Trace Krug, Senior, BFA program with emphasis in painting


‌Martine Syms and Sofia Leiby in Conversation with Liz Gomez

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.
162 North State Street Residences, 162 N. State St.

Martine Syms, BFA 2007
Publisher, Web Designer, Conceptual Entrepreneur

Sofia Leiby, BFA 2011
Independent Artist/Writer/Curator; Artist, Program Assistant, Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University

Liz Gomez, Senior, BFA program with emphasis in painting


‌Andrea Gonzalez and Clay Hickson in Conversation with Anna Mort

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.
162 North State Street Residences, 162 N. State St.

Andrea Gonzalez, BFA 2011
Designer, Ogilvy and Mather

Clay Hickson, BFA 2010
Illustrator; owner/operator of Tan & Loose Press

Anna Mort, Senior, BFA program with emphasis in Visual Communications


Sora Kim and Krystal Korth in Conversation with Kristopher Wright

Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
162 North State Street Residences, 162 N. State St.

Sora Kim, BFA 2013

Sculptor/ Installation Artist; Visual Associate, Club Monaco; Creative Visual Apprentice, Ralph Lauren

Krystal Korth, BFA with Emphasis in Art Education 2012
Visual Arts Teacher, CPS Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy

Kristopher Wright, Senior, BFAAE


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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 or 312.629.6820 as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.