Creative Careers & Collaboration

Who to contact


Creative Careers & Collaboration is located on the 1st floor of the Design Studios on Broad

Schedule an appointment with an advisor on Handshake.



Mackenna Finley
Program Coordinator & Career Coach

The Creative Careers & Collaboration office is your one stop shop for career planning, professional development, and more. Managed by a team of passionate career advisors and students, Creative Careers & Collaboration 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? Schedule appointments through our job board, Handshake. You can access this service using your CCAD single-sign on credentials. 

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, Creative Careers & Collaboration 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.

Explore all these areas and more by going to our Creative Careers & Collaboration resources site where we have posted all our workshops, guides, and video walk-throughs on common advising topics. (Note: This is a private website that only works if you are logged in to your CCAD Google account.) This is a great place to start if you are beginning to explore career options, preparing for your internship or job search, or are in the midst of looking for a position. We cover topics that help with all parts of your search. Schedule an advising appointment to continue the conversation. 

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 your career coach to discuss strengths
  • Register at the CCAD job board
  • Attend career workshops
  • Boost your Personal Brand (social media presence)
  • Apply for on-campus employment
  • Follow CCAD Creative Careers & Collaboration 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 the CCAD job board with images of your work
  • Continue to boost your Personal Brand (LinkedIn profile, online portfolio, etc.)
  • Create "Search Agents" on the CCAD job board
  • 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 the 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 coaching appointments can be scheduled on the CCAD job board. Feel free to contact us using our email or phone number for other questions or assistance. 


Online job board

CCAD 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.



CCAD offers internship search assistance through individual appointments, the CCAD job board, 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 course

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. Once enrolled, you will find the syllabus, assignments and deadlines are posted on GoStudio. Coursework includes:

  • Work for a minimum of 240 hours within 12-16 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 internship updates
  • Complete the final paper and presentation.
  • Complete the final self-evaluation and have your supervisor evaluate you.


Application process

You must complete and submit your Internship 4851 Course Application to Creative Careers & Collaboration before starting your internship and no later than the Friday before classes begin in the semester in which the internship will occur. Internships that do not clearly relate to department content are referred to the department chair. When you submit your Internship Course Application to Creative Careers & Collaboration, a career coach will confirm your approval and submit your materials to be enrolled in the course

A complete application consists of:

  • You will need to submit the Internship Course Application. Completing this document is a requirement. It requires input and a signature from your internship employer. (Note: this website only loads when you are logged in to your CCAD Google account). 
  • (International Students only): You will need to submit the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) form. You will need to request this from the International Student Advisor.

If you have questions about the required materials or application process, schedule an appointment with us through the CCAD job board.

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 if seeking 3 credits. Must include 320 hours if seeking 6 credits. "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 Creative Careers & Collaboration 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 are an extended, immersive version of an internship that result in a minimum 480 work hours (9 credits) or 640 hours (12 credits) and may span the length of one semester. 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. This requires approval from your program chair, Creative Careers & Collaboration, your academic advisor and the dean of your program. Creative Careers & Collaboration manages this process and has an official application you can complete.

If you’re interested in pursuing a co-op position, please speak with Creative Careers & Collaboration to discuss the process for approval. Appointments can be scheduled on, by calling 614-222-4045, or by stopping by our office on the 1st floor of DSB during business hours. 



Connections Career Fair

Connections Career Fair

Connections Career Fair gives employers an opportunity to recruit CCAD's undergraduate and graduate students for paid opportunities and credit-eligible internships. 

R.O.C. Show

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 Creative Careers & Collaboration about R.O.C. Show events with employers that pertain to your area of study.

Workshops at CCAD


Creative Careers & Collaboration 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).

Semi-Annual Art Fair & Marketplace

Students at art sale

The 2024 CCAD Art Fair & Marketplace will occur on Saturday, December 7th, 2024 from 9am-2pm in the Loann Crane Center for Design.This is a juried event and all CCAD alumni and currently enrolled CCAD students are eligible to apply.

Applications open in August and close on September 29th, 2024. Apply on Zapplication. Students can waive the $25 application fee by using the coupon code StudentF24. Alumni must pay the application fee. Please read the policies about the event before applying. Refunds are not available for application, even in cases where the artist forgot to use an eligible coupon code. The Art Fair & Marketplace is open to all majors and visual arts mediums. 

Requirements for collaborative work:

Artists who work collaboratively may apply by registering as a team and submitting one application with 4 images, which should capture the nature of the artwork from both artists evenly. In Zapplication, the system where we collect applications, you can list the collaborating artists' information and submit their images. Collaborative work is limited to two artists. Collaborative/Team applications with one student artist and one alumni artist are NOT eligible for the student waiver. Non-students who apply the coupon code to the application fee will be removed from the adjudication process.

NOTE: Communication from the Art Fair team about the event will go to ONE artist on the team (primary artist in the application, not the listed collaborator. Please make sure you are relaying communication to your collaborator directly, as they might not be getting the same messages. This is a limitation of our system’s communication function.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • Provide Columbus College of Art and Design students the opportunity to:
  • Practice communicating the purpose, inspiration, and techniques of their work.
  • Learn the process of participating in an invite-only art show.
  • Engage with the community.
  • Earn money for their creations.
  • Engage the creative community and art scene with CCAD.

We hope you decide to join us!