Career Services

Who to contact

Office 

Drop-in Hours: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

careers@ccad.edu

614.222.4045

Tiffany Sperring

Director of Career Services

Jordan Bell

Assistant Director 

The Office of Career Services is your one stop shop for career planning, professional development and more. Managed by a team of passionate career advisors and students, Career Services is designed to connect you with rewarding career opportunities both during your time at CCAD and after graduation.

Here, you'll find a variety of different career resources that have been carefully curated to guide your own professional development. They're full of great content to help prepare you for the workforce.

  • Career Planning & Job Searching
  • Online Job Board
  • Internships
  • Career Events
  • Semi-Annual Art Fair

A few of our frequently-discussed advising topics are included below:

  • Resume & cover letter reviews
  • Interviewing best practices
  • Internship & job searching
  • Internship for credit questions
  • Web presence and social media best practices

Have a specific question or want to schedule an appointment with a career advisor? Feel free to contact us using our email or phone number.

We look forward to connecting with you!

 

JOB SEARCHING & CAREER PLANNING

Your professional career starts the moment you arrive at CCAD, and if you plan appropriately, finding the right career opportunity can be a rewarding and fulfilling process. To help, Career Services offers the following resources:

  • Interviewing Assistance: Skill development career appointments, workshops, mock interviews and more.
  • Job Searching Best Practices: Appointments with a career advisor, including tips on finding internships and post-grad employment, networking with potential employers and maintaining your professional presence (online portfolio, website, LinkedIn, Behance, etc.).
  • Networking Events: R.O.C. Show presentations with employers, portfolio reviews and class visits, Internship & Job Fair, and Connections career fair.

In addition, we also recommend the following four-year plan to supplement the career search process.

Freshman Year

  • Understand major/direction
  • Learn to document/photograph your work
  • Meet with Career Services to discuss strengths
  • Register at CCADCareers.com
  • Attend career workshops
  • Boost your Personal Brand (social media presence)
  • Apply for on-campus employment
  • Follow CCAD Career Services social media channels on Facebook and Twitter
  • Attend R.O.C. Show employer events

Junior Year

  • Update your resume and continue to boost your Personal Brand
  • Continue mock interviews
  • Continue attending career workshops
  • Attend the Internship & Job Fair
  • Attend networking events
  • Land an internship
  • Attend R.O.C. Show employer events

Sophomore Year

  • Draft and upload your resume to CCADCareers.com with images of your work
  • Continue to boost your Personal Brand (LinkedIn profile, online porfolio, etc.)
  • Create "Search Agents" on CCADCareers.com
  • Continue attending career workshops
  • Research internships and apply for resume-building opportunities
  • Network at the Internship & Job Fair
  • Attend R.O.C. Show employer events

Senior Year

  • Continue updating your resume and boosting your Personal Brand
  • Attend Internship & Job Fair and Connections career fair
  • Land another internship
  • Continue attending career workshops
  • Attend networking events
  • Build a list of target employers for full-time careers
  • Apply for full-time positions, graduate school and/or residencies
  • Attend R.O.C. Show employer events

Career advising appointments can be scheduled on CCADcareers.com. Feel free to contact us using our email or phone number for other questions or assistance. Before your first advising appointment, please complete the Career Services Advising Form so we can get to know a little more about your career interests before you come in.

 

ONLINE JOB BOARD

Job Board

Search through a variety of art- and design-oriented career opportunities for CCAD students and alumni, including part-time/full-time jobs, freelance work, internships, contests, nonprofit volunteer opportunities and more. Simply create a student account at the URL above. Select internship opportunities may be eligible for credit. Please review Internship for Credit criteria for more information.

How to login: Your username is your full @go.ccad.edu email address. Use the ‘forgot password’ link if you have never logged in before, or can’t recall the password you created. Instructions on how to create a password will then be emailed to you. Still need assistance? Contact careers@ccad.edu.

INTERNSHIPS

CCAD offers internship search assistance through individual appointments, CCADCareers.com, the Internship & Job Fair, R.O.C. Show presentations, class visits, portfolio reviews and more.

Once you've secured an internship, it may be possible to earn academic credit with your internship by simultaneously enrolling in the Internship 4851 course.

 

INTERNSHIP 4851

The Internship 4851 course is designed to help you increase and develop your practical knowledge while applying classroom theory to real-world problems. A portion of the course requirements are on-site work hours and the remaining are writing and a presentation to facilitate your learning. This class is restricted to students with approved internships.

Internship 4851 is a pass/not pass course. You must complete all requirements and earn at least 75% to pass. The syllabus, assignments and deadlines are posted on GoStudio. Coursework includes:

  • Work for a minimum of 240 hours within 8-16 weeks under the supervision of a professional in your industry.
  • Construct 5+ learning objectives for your experience and detail how you plan to achieve them.
  • Complete reflection journals.
  • Complete the final paper and presentation.
  • Write a position paper.
  • Complete the final self-evaluation and have your supervisor evaluate you.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

You must complete and submit your Internship 4851 Course Application to Career Services before starting your internship and no later than the Friday before classes begin in the semester in which the internship will occur. If your internship is not yet approved, your employer will need to complete an Employer/Student Agreement before your Internship Course Application can be processed. Internships that do not clearly relate to department content are referred to the department chair. When you submit your Internship Course Application to Career Services, a career advisor will confirm your approval and submit your materials to be enrolled in the course.

A complete application consists of:

  • This Internship Course Application. Completing this document is a requirement.
  • An Internship Employer/Student Agreement. Unless you know of a CCAD student who has done this internship before, plan on completing this document. You can always check with Career Services first to verify whether you need the document for your internship or not.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the International Student Advisor (for international students only).

Materials can be submitted to Career Services by appointment or by meeting with us during walk-in hours on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10am-12pm. Appointments can be scheduled on CCADcareers.com.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL OF AN INTERNSHIP

  • The internship experience spans the duration of a full semester (Fall, Spring: 12-16 weeks; Summer: 8 weeks).
  • The internship includes at least 240 on-site work hours completed during the semester. "Virtual" experiences are not permitted.
  • The work is directly related to your major area of study.
  • There is a supervisor to guide you throughout the entire internship.
  • The supervisor is an industry professional within your major area of study or has comparable experience.
  • You and the supervisor outline and define learning objectives to complete during the internship.
  • The supervisor completes an end-term evaluation of you.

 

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY AND POLICIES

  • You agree to complete all coursework.
  • You agree to represent CCAD professionally and conduct yourself with respect and dignity.
  • You agree to request supervisor feedback and a formal evaluation prior to the due date, regardless of the internship's end date.
  • You agree to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • You agree to pay for tuition for each internship credit. If a student enrolled in Internship 4851 does not hold full-time student status during the term in which the internship occurs, tuition is charged on a per-credit basis; additional charges are incurred for each credit hour above 18.
  • An intern may be terminated at any time. If asked to leave a position, you agree to do so in a calm, professional manner and to inform your Internship 4851 instructor and the Office of Career Services within three business days.
  • Internship start/end dates may not align with academic semesters. If an internship begins before a semester's midterm, you may enroll that semester by applying and receiving approval prior to that semester's add deadline; after the semester midterm, you may enroll the following semester by applying and receiving approval prior to starting the internship.

CO-OPS

Co-ops are an extended, immersive version of an internship that result in a minimum 640 work hours and may span the length of one semester or more. Because of the high volume of hours required, co-ops may replace certain classes within your academic plan. As such, co-op opportunities should align with your academic requirements and should only replace classes related to the work of the co-op. A full time co-op (640 minimum hours worked) can potentially be approved for 12-15 credit hours. Partial co-ops (320 minimum hours/6 credits or 480 minimum hours/9 credits) may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

If you’re interested in pursuing a co-op position, please speak with Career Services to discuss the process for approval. Appointments can be scheduled on CCADCareers.com, by calling 614-222-4045, or by stopping by our office on the 1st floor of DSB during business hours. You can also discuss co-op opportunities during walk-in hours on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 12pm.

Events

Connections Career Fair

Connections is a career fair and networking event where CCAD students and alumni can connect to potential employers offering paid opportunities and credit-eligible internships. Students who wish to participate can register here. The next Connections career fair will be Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 20.

Workshops

Career Services offers various workshops throughout the year around topics including professional development, resume-building, interviewing and more. Open to current students and alumni, our workshop series is designed to help you leverage your classroom learnings and apply them to a workforce setting. Click here to view our list of upcoming workshops (requires login to CCADcareers).

R.O.C. Show

The Recruiters on Campus series consists of individual company visits for employer partners and may include a campus tour, general information session, class visits, porfolio reviews and/or campus interviews. Stay tuned for emails from Career Services about R.O.C. Show events with employers that pertain to your area of study.

SEMI-ANNUAL ART FAIR

The Columbus College of Art & Design Art Fair occurs twice annually (on the first Saturdays of April and December) and is an opportunity for CCAD students and alumni to sell artwork to the Columbus community. The next fair, the CCAD Art Fair & Marketplace, will be on Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018. CCAD students and alumni can apply to participate in the juried event via zapplication.org

Applicants must submit a digital application with images of their work to ZAPP.

There is a nonrefundable jury fee; however, current CCAD students can waive this fee by using coupon code StudentS18. Alumni or non-current students who try to use the code will be banned from participating. All applicants will be verified as a student or alumni before being considered.

Fees have changed starting with the 2017 2018 academic year:

STUDENTS:
Application/Jury Fee — Free (with use of the coupon code)
Booth Fee (once selected) — $25

ALUMNI:
Application/Jury Fee — $25
Booth Fee (once selected) — $75

All regulations and show information will be available via ZAPP.

 

How to Apply

  1. Set up an account by going to zapplication.org and select the "New Users Register Here" button (to the right of login).
  2. After logging in, complete a profile (menu option to the left) and upload FOUR images of your work (top left tab). IMPORTANT NOTE: Images of work must represent the type of work you will sell at the fair, if selected. You can find information on formatting images for ZAPP on their website.