October: The New Career + Co-op Center Kickoff Month

Come celebrate our NEW space! Meet the Career + Co-op Dream Team! We’re hosting numerous events highlighting your unique path and helping to launch your career as a creative professional. "Good morning!" Coffee and bagels served every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. First come, first served.

Career + Co-op Center: October 2014 Calendar [PDF]


Working Artist Saturday Skill Shares

Fall 2014 Saturdays
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400
(Access the building through the MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., entrance)

Get insider knowledge and the tools you will need for a complete professional package.  

Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Résumé, Cover Letter, Business Cards

Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Social Media + Your Online Presence

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Documenting Your Work with Robert Heishman

Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Successful Job Applications

Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Artist's Statement

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Networking + Interviewing, Your Elevator Speech and Beyond

"What's My Job?" Alumni Conversations

Tuesday–Thursday, October 21–23, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 201

Every semester, the Career and Co-op Center invites recent alumni back to campus to share their experiences at SAIC and life after graduation. Lead by senior student moderators, alumni answer your questions about how they got to where they are today.

Tuesday, October 21
Alumni speakers include Vincent Uribe (LVL3 Gallery), Alysia Alex (No Small Plans Productions, 1137), and Quinn Keaveney.

Wednesday, October 22
Alumni speakers include Tyler Blackwell (Johalla Projects), Courtney Mackedanz, and Alfredo Salazar-Caro.

Thursday, October 23
Alumni speakers include Megan Isaacs, Justin Smith, and Hanna Mowrey.

October Events


SAIC Picture Day—with DJ Mike Sullivan

Wednesday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

Everyone loves your selfies, but your potential employers may not appreciate them like your 500 Instagram followers. Come dressed to impress for a headshot that will boost your professional web presence.


Résumé Triage

Thursday, October 2, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

Bring in your résumé for a makeover. The Career + Co-op team help you develop a résumé that is strategic and competitive.


Faculty Talks + Raffle

Every Friday in October, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

Bring your lunch and engage in conversation with some of SAIC's favorite faculty about their unique career paths and current projects. Each event ends with a raffle drawing for great SAIC merchandise, so don't forget to enter. Faculty includes Peter Exley, Odile Compagnon, Bruce Jenkins, Kurt Hentschlager, Mark Jeffery, and Claire Ashley.


Starting a Gallery

Tuesday, October 7, 4:30–5:45 p.m.

Come learn from a Chicago-based expert, Aron Gent of DOCUMENT, on what it takes to start your own gallery.


Creating Your Business Card

Wednesday, October 8, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

More than ever it is about who you know, when it comes to finding opportunities. Your business card is one tried and true way to make a lasting impression on potential colleagues, employers, or organizations. Come to this workshop to create a business card you can hand out at the next networking opportunity.


Chili + Co-op Conversations

Every Monday in October, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

Meet us for lunch to hear from students and alumni as they share stories about their great Co-op internship experiences over a hot cup of chili.


Marketing + Social Media for Artists Workshop

Tuesday, October 14, 4:30–5:45 p.m.

More than ever it is about who you know, when it comes to finding opportunities. Learn how to enhance your web presence from one of the experts in the field.


Speed Networking with Alumni + Grad Students

Thursday, October 16, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 30, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1400

Meet students and alumni through a series of rotating networking conversations. We'll give you tips and get the whole thing rolling. Bring your friends and meet new ones.


Artist Grant Tutorial

Tuesday, October 28, 4:30–5:45 p.m.

Grants are a wonderful way to fund those ambitious projects of yours. Come learn from one of the experts, Rose Parisi, on how to create a successful, stand-out grant application.

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

Wednesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 10

Spring 2015

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

Summer 2015

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


Contact us at 312.629.6810 or careers@saic.edu.

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 careers@saic.edu or 312.629.6820 as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.