What is Pro Practices?
A special initiative of the career services office at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Pro Practices features posts from advisors, faculty, students and alum that promote events and opportunities; share stories and resources; and reflect and consider news, trends and their own experiences in the context of professional practice in art and design.
Internship Spotlight: Danielle Leventhal, Whitney Museum of American Art
Junior Fine Art and Art History major, Danielle Leventhal, poses for a picture with internationally renowned artist Jeff Koons while interning for the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC. While at the Whitney, Danielle did research for the annual Annenberg Lecture with Koons, and helped prepare for the Koons Symposium including organizing artists’ and professors’ bios and invitations. She also researched other programs, worked on their website, and wrote posts for the Education Blog.
About her experience Danielle says, “This internship fulfilled and surpassed my expectations. The Thursday sessions with directors and leaders from all areas of the museum gave me in-depth exposure to the work that I may not have seen in the Education department. I was lucky enough to get a hard-hat tour of the new building downtown with my department, and that allowed me to appreciate how special it is to have been a part of the museum while it’s in this huge transition—not to mention the Jeff Koons buzz that made each visit to the museum exciting. I went on a private tour of the Kara Walker exhibit for Creative Time with the Education department, and took full advantage of my free admission to museums all over the city for the time that I had this access.
This program is carefully crafted and very successful in making the interns feel welcome, giving them a chance to get to know each other on a weekly basis, and exposing them to everything the museum field has to offer. Traveling between the offices, museum, and field trips keeps the program exciting. We were also given enough space for independent growth and encouragement to take initiative, to be curious, and to learn from other Whitney employees on our own accord. I’ve loved every minute and every project that I’ve had at the Whitney.”
Each of these documents contains a list of the top ten things you should consider when planning and executing your career search.
The Job Search
How to Write a Cover Letter
From the Atlantic: How to Write a Cover Letter, According to Great Artists
(Library of Congress)
No surprise that the well-intentioned (and slightly nervous) parents of students in art and design schools regularly forward links to articles that tout career advice for creatives — much to the delight of the recipients, I’m sure. (I at least had the good fortune of waiting until school breaks to confront the massive pile of newspaper and Time Magazine clippings waiting for me, on my bed as not to miss — articles bemoaning the irrelevance of the humanities, predicting the end of liberal arts education, the arrival of an art history major apocalypse. Sounding eerily contemporary, writing this now.)
My guess, however, is that forward-happy parents are thinking twice before passing along this piece recently posted by The Atlantic. Presented with a wink, a connection is made between the strategy and construction of a successful cover letter with an artist’s spirit, temperament, right to irreverence. Funny stuff, from Eudora Welty’s use of a well-placed pun in a letter to the New Yorker, Hunter S. Thompson’s declaration of work he does not want to do, Renaissance masters making bulleted lists of skills. It’s well and fine and good fun to highlight and remark on these instances, since the irony of course, is that these lowly career-seeking conventions were subverted by some of history’s most famous artists, writers, filmmakers.
No one is more of an advocate of emerging artists and designers than yours truly, but I believe strongly that the development of work and craft for a student or young artist or designer should live in one place, and the means by which to secure employment live in another. I am reminded by Michael Bierut’s response to a student question at last year’s AIGA conference, essentially soliciting advice for young designers that would guarantee success. He said, in his authoritative-but-everyman Michael Bierut way, “work on the work.”
A favorite moment in this piece comes from Tim Schaefer, a video game designer “Your quest for the ideal career begins, logically enough, at the Ideal Career Center. Upon entering, you see a helpful looking woman sitting behind a desk. She smiles and says, “May I help you?”
Ideal Career Center. Nice one. I wonder if they are accepting applications?
Click these links for useful information from other institutions like RISD, MICA, KCIA, and SCAD.
Building a Linkedin Profile
Where To Post Work Online
More on Resumes, Portfolios, and Profiles
Job and Internship Search
Where to begin
Out of Country Job Search
How to Prepare
Mastering the Interview
Career Services At-A-Glance
Click Here for a summary of all of the undergraduate resources offered by the College of Art.
Click Here to see what resources are offered to MFA students.
Career Center Intern
Maggie Edelman is a Junior in the Sam Fox School studying Communication Design. She will be working with the career center this year and assisting with the maintenance of this blog. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions for the blog.
Road Shows | Career Center | Washington University in St. Louis
Road Shows are your opportunity to meet with organizations across the country. This years trips will take students to New York and California. Sources say this year’s Silicon Valley trip will offer you a chance to meet with employers at Facebook, Pinterest, One Kings Lane, and frog. Check out this year’s Road Show schedule and begin filling out your application here
This 10-minute check-in is ideal for a quick review of a resume, edits to a cover letter, or trouble-shooting a follow-up strategy with a prospect. Held Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 2 to 4 p.m. Available to those who have had a 1:1 appointment previously. Weekly sign-up sheets are posted Tuesday mornings, outside 005 Steinberg.
Internship Video Contest | Career Center | Washington University in St. Louis
Enter a 60 second video of your summer working experience for a chance to win up to $300 and be featured on our new blog! Phone cameras are fine and don’t be afraid to get creative.
Internship Spotlight: Michael Tarazi, The Vital Voice
Senior Communication Design major, Michael Tarazi is interning in St. Louis this summer.
"I’m the graphic design intern for Vital VOICE this summer. Vital VOICE is Missouri’s premiere LGBT magazine and serves primarily the St. Louis and Kansas City area. It’s been so much fun and I’ve learned a lot. I mostly work on infographics or just graphics in general for the website and for social media. I have also done some layout design and advertisement design working with third party companies. It’s been a great experience so far and it’s definitely helped me understand what I want to do out of college! I love that the focus of this internship is about the work that I’m doing and not about getting coffee and things like that. I’ve learned a lot of unexpected things like event photography or retouching, and I definitely recommend this internship for anyone interested in working for a magazine!”
Tarazi works at his desk at the Vital VOICE headquarters.
A spread by Tarazi was featured in the August 2014 issue.
Internship Spotlight: Aiden Zucker, IBM Design
Junior Communication Design major, Aiden Zucker, is spending his summer working at IBM Design in Austin, Texas.
"I worked with an interdisciplinary team of four other interns to apply human-centered design to an IBM software product. We interviewed sponsor users to identify pain points in their current workflows, created personas and journey maps to build empathy, and then ideated features that would alleviate the pain points. Through low and high fidelity prototypes, we iterated and validated different features with our sponsor users, presenting our work to the studio every Friday for feedback and alignment.”
Aiden worked with many other interns an professionals while in Austin.
Brainstorming with Post-its was Aiden’s favorite part of the IBM Design work atmosphere.