Visit or contact us to learn more about career paths open to artists and designers, the schedule for on-campus recruitment events, one on one coaching sessions, securing an internships or job, workshops to support the development of application materials such as resumes, cover letters and portfolios and much more:
Connect to Future Employers
ALL students and alumni have the opportunity to post their resumes and portfolios for employers to view on Handshake. Additionally, users can search for employment and internships via Handshake. Learn more here: https://collegeforcreativestudies.joinhandshake.com/
- CCS Portfolio Site:
Get included on the CCS student portfolio website, which is shared with over 2,000 potential employers several times during the academic calendar year! Junior, senior and graduate students with approved portfolios can upload their work to the website.
More information about how to sign up to be included on the portfolio website can be found here.
Find An Internship
Opportunities to work alongside professionals, gain confidence in your abilities, and build relationships with key people in your industry. Get paid and save $$ by taking an internship for credit. More information can be found by visiting this website.
Connect to Industry
The Office of Partnerships Career Development team hosts career events throughout the year, including: on-campus recruiting activities, professional portfolio reviews and company information sessions. To learn more, email Shelly Mcmahon at email@example.com to sign up to receive text alerts about events.
Also, Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies.
More information can be found here and includes information about:
- Basic level membership in the network for senior students and alumni
- Access to Entrepreneurial Resources
- Opportunities to showcase work through public platforms
For more information on these opportunities contact Info@designcore.org
Individual Career Counseling
Your dedicated Career Coach will meet with you for a one-on-one career coaching session. CCS’ Career Coaches advise students to support students to identify personal goals and plan long term career strategies. Specifically, they help students identify internship and employment opportunities, strategize for successful job interviews and will support the development of employment materials such as cover letters, resumes, portfolios, and more,
Individual appointments are available to ALL CCS students and alumni for career counseling and guidance.
To schedule an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to:
Tom Hicks, Career Coach for Design Majors – email@example.com
Halie Gary, Career Coach for Art Majors – firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our Workshops Series
This professional series covers resume and cover letter preparation, information on securing an internship, interview skills, building a great portfolio and everything in between! Check out Presence to learn more.
Access a CCS 4 Year Plan
A guide to keep you on track throughout your time here.
Check it out here: CCS 4 Year Career Plan
Working on a Sponsored Project this semester. Here are some useful resources:
Resources include job search sites, grant information, competitions, fellowships, copyright information, gallery listings, professional organizations, self-promotion, freelance jobs, and more.
- Art Majors Resource Document
- Art Practice Professional Readiness
- Artist Residencies
- Become a Conservator
- Career and Networking Resource Document
- Career Development Basics
- Career Development Intake Form
- Career Development’s Top Ten Strategies
- Career Options For Artists
- Cover Letter Guide
- Employer Complaint Form
- Freelance Information Resource Document
- Handshake Registration
- Informational Interview
- Interview Skills
- Legal & Business – Resource Document
- MFA Services
- Networking 101
- Obtaining Opportunities
- Personal Monthly Budget Worksheet
- Portfolio Approval Form
- Pricing Your Work
- Product and Transportation Design Freelance
- Professional Organizations Resource Document
- Recommended Reading Resource Document
- Reducing File Size
- Relocation Tools Resource Document
- Resume Guide
- Resume Worksheet
- Salary Negotiations
- Self-Promotion Resource Document
- The Art of the Professional Packet
- Top 18 Tips For Demo Reels
As faculty, you play a critical role in supporting students in career exploration and professional development. Below are some ways that faculty can work with the Office of Partnerships, Career Development team to encourage greater dialogue and stronger partnerships to ensure the success of our students.
- Encourage students to schedule an appointment with the Career Development team for one-on-one counseling sessions, resume reviews, internship/job search techniques, interview skills and much more.
- Invite a member of the Career Development team to present to your class on a variety of career topics. The Career Development team will visit your classroom to support the development of application materials including resumes, cover letters, etc.
- We encourage faculty to create a handshake account to better serve their students’ career development. Email Shelly Mcmahon at email@example.com to be added as a student user.
- The Career Development team welcomes any information regarding students who have secured an internship or a job. Faculty work very closely with students and you are often the people that students share information with. Please encourage students to report to our team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.