Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)

Welcome to CAPX!

We prepare students and alums through career education, and connect them to diverse experiences to build sustainable creative lives. 

SAIC has joined Handshake, the college career network of the future!

Congratulations to the SAIC Class of 2019!

With the completion of your studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, you are joining more than 20,000 SAIC alums, a global family who will become part of your personal and professional support network of fellow artists, designers, and scholars. These fellow travelers will be your mentors and peers, and even though you’re no longer a student, SAIC is here for you, too.

As an alum, you still have access to the invaluable online and in-person resources of Career and Professional Experience, better known as CAPX. All the services you enjoyed as a student are still available to you, and the CAPX team is always innovating new ways to help our students and alums prepare for and succeed throughout your life after art school. In fact, I invite you to help inform the programming CAPX offers.

Please complete this brief, confidential survey here, which will help CAPX learn about our alum’s lives after art school so that we may better advise, inspire, and create programming for SAIC students and alums. The survey takes about five minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey can enter a raffle to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Much like an education exploring art and design can be unpredictable, your lives as artists, designers, and scholars will defy expectations. No matter where your professional life takes you, please remember that SAIC is here to support you. I encourage you to connect with the CAPX team on Handshake .

All my best,

Elissa Tenny, President

  • Handshake replaces SAIC Compass and SAIC Launch
  • Students can search for on-campus jobs, students and alums can search for jobs, internships, and other off-campus employment opportunities
  • Schedule advising appointments with CAPX advisors
  • Receive personalized career recommendations and connect with employers
  • Log in to Handshake and start building up your profile here!
  • Learn more about Handshake here.
  • Questions about your Handshake account? Email

More questions? Stop by the CAPX office at 116 S. Michigan Ave., 14th floor, or give us a call at 312.499.4130.

About CAPX

Students putting the finishing touches to their résumés at the 2018 SAIC Internship + Career Expo.

Whether you're a student, an employer, or an alum, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) is here for you. Our career advisors offer highly personalized, one-on-one sessions to help you find jobs and internships, explore fellowship and grant opportunities, and gain valuable professional advice to guide you on the road ahead.

Want learn more about who we are and what we do? Meet the CAPX Team and schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.

Want explore CAPX-approved off-campus opportunities including jobs, internships, and freelance work? Log in to Handshake to get started.

Want to browse on-campus employment opportunities at SAIC? They're listed on Handshake, too.

Want to learn about our current and upcoming programs and workshops? Visit our Programs and Events page. 

Want to learn about upcoming opportunities, including fellowships, grants, and residencies; view tutorials on writing artist's statements and documenting work; and explore advice on writing résumés, cover letters, and applying for jobs? Check out our Resources and Opportunities page. 

Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn for up-to-date news, opportunities, and programming info.