The College for Creative Studies' Career Services office is dedicated to exposing students and alumni to professional development opportunities and resources that will aid them in identifying and obtaining their personal career goals.

The Career Services office prepares students for life after graduation by offering guidance on resume, CV and cover letter preparation, interview skills and job search techniques. They inform students about various career paths open to artists and designers and schedule on-campus recruitment events that bring companies to our students. In addition, the online Job Book allows students to search job postings and internships, as well as upload their resume and sample work for employers to review.

Special Events

Career Services coordinates events and personalized on-campus recruiting throughout the year, in addition to providing the following services:

  1. Online Services
  2. Internships
  3. Industry Professionals Visit CCS
  4. Professional Topic Series
  5. Perfect Interview
  6. Career Resources

Online Services

Event information, resume and cover letter tips, steps to pursue an internship and other online career resources are provided on the College's intranet, Blackboard.

Internships

The Internship Program allows qualified students to earn academic credit while gaining first-hand experience in their chosen fields. Internships are available to students with a junior or senior ranking who have completed freshman and sophomore studios. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8. Students applying for an internship must have their portfolios reviewed and approved by a full-time faculty member in their department.

Industry Professionals Visit CCS

Career Services hosts many career events throughout the year, including: On-campus recruiting, panels and roundtable discussions, professional portfolio reviews and company information sessions.

Professional Topic Series

Workshops from Resume 101 to Interview Skill to Business Etiquette and everything in between!

Perfect Interview

Real questions, real practice. Practice makes perfect. This program allows students to participate in an online simulated interview. The interview, captured via webcam, can then be reviewed by the student to determine areas of strength and areas of improvement. Career Services has a private space dedicated to this system, but you can also access Perfect Interview from the privacy of your own home, with or without a webcam.

Career Resources

Resources include job search sites, grant information, competitions, fellowships, copyright information, gallery listings, professional organizations, self-promotion, freelance jobs and more.

Contact Us

Career Services

313.664.7690
313.664.7618 (fax)

CCS Four-Year Career Plan

FRESHMAN: Exploration

  • Get to know your faculty mentor and department Chair.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Visit Career Services to explore the resources available to you including one-on-one career planning.
  • READ, READ, READ professional publications to stay current.
  • Attend guest lectures.
  • Start a portfolio by archiving every project. Take crisp, clutter-free photos and back up all digital files.
  • Begin attending Career Services professional development workshops. See Blackboard for the schedule.

SOPHOMORES: Research

  • Research companies/organizations of interest for internships.
  • Explore study abroad options in the International Student Services office.
  • Create a resume or CV and cover letter with assistance from a member of the Career Services staff.
  • Continue creating a portfolio/demo reel with your companies/organizations of interest in mind.
  • Meet with your faculty mentor and academic advisor to select coursework to support your career interests.
  • Visit Career Services to practice interview skills with “Perfect Interview” in preparation of an internship.
  • Request an informational interview.
  • Continue attending Career Services professional development workshops.

JUNIORS: Refine your plan

  • Continue creating a professional portfolio/demo reel. Never discount the power of your sketchbook.
  • Continue to research companies/organizations of interest. Bookmark important websites.
  • Refine your verbal presentation skills.
  • Apply for internships and track all correspondence for appropriate follow-up.
  • Participate in on-campus career events including portfolio reviews, interview days, panels and workshops. Always get business cards to strengthen your network.
  • Continue attending Career Services professional development workshops.

SENIORS: Execute your plan

  • Compile your employment/graduate school/gallery target list early.
  • Refine your portfolio/demo reel, resume, cover letter or CV and artist statement where appropriate; your complete self-promotional package.
  • Meet with Career Services and your faculty to prepare for next steps after graduation.
  • Refine the verbal presentation of your work to include industry terminology and relevant touch points.
  • Research salary trends in your field based on the location of the company/organization.
  • Revisit Perfect Interview in career services.
  • Follow-up with all contacts in your network to let them know you are graduating and interested in employment opportunities.
  • Submit your targeted self-promotional package to companies/organizations/graduate schools of interest.
  • Again, track all correspondence for appropriate follow-up.

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