Career Development

Career Counseling Appointments

Click on the pink “Schedule Now” button to schedule a Career Counseling appointment.

Please note, our busiest times of the year are during the beginning and end of each semester, at which time, expect a two to three week wait for the next available appointment.

Who to Meet With

Our two career counselors meet with different students (and alumni) based on their program/major.

Marsha works with the following majors, programs and disciplines:
Animation
Architectural Design
Business of Art & Design
Design Leadership
Data Analytics and Visualization
Film & Video
Filmmaking
Game Design
Graphic Design
Illustration*
Interactive Arts
Product Design
Social Design
UX Design

Lehna works with the following majors, programs and disciplines:
Art Education
Art History, Theory, and Criticism
Ceramics
Community Arts
Curatorial Practice
Drawing
Fiber
General Fine Arts
Illustration*
Illustration Practice
Interdisciplinary Sculpture
LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting
Mount Royal School of Art
Painting
Photography
Photographic & Electronic Media
Printmaking
Rinehart School of Sculpture
Studio and Humanistic Studies
Studio Art
Teaching (MAT)

*Marsha is now only meeting with Undergraduate Illustration majors and alumni. All Illustration programs will soon see Lehna.

Appointment Policies

Appointments with career counselors are limited to students and alumni of MICA's degree-bearing programs. Due to the volume of appointments and availability of our counselors, students are limited to 80 minutes with their career counselor per semester. Any combination of 20 minute and/or 40 minute appointments that reaches no more than 80 minutes is allowed. PCA, internship registration, UP/Start, and Fulbright appointments do not count toward the per-semester limit.

24-Hour Cancellation Policy
We are now enforcing a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please email our office to cancel or reschedule your appointment no later than 24-hours prior to your appointment time. A missed appointment without notification will count as one of your appointments.

Career Counseling Appointment Topics

A career counseling appointment is a great way to start a conversation about what is important to you, identifying your strengths and interests and exploring your options and strategies. Below are the topics we can discuss during your appointment.

Internships

Internships are a great way to get experience, network and explore your options. We can help you with search strategies, resources and approaches as well as tailor your materials to specific opportunities.

Professional Package Review (Resume, Cover Letter, Portfolio)

Need a second opinion? During this session we can review and edit your professional materials including resumes, cover letters, portfolios, websites, demo reels, artist statements and application essays.

Job Search and Networking Advice

Know what you want, but not sure how to get there? Work with a counselor to research opportunities, make professional connections and tailor your materials towards your career goals.

Interviewing Strategy and Salary Negotiations

Got an interview? During this appointment, we can discuss etiquette and strategies, practice your delivery, and review appropriate follow up. Learn also how to articulate your needs, navigate multiple offers, research and negotiate appropriate compensation.

Career Exploration

Not sure which direction to go? This appointment will help you seek clarity on career direction so you may focus your efforts. We can help you explore your personal values and strengths and how these relate to jobs and internships.

Funding and Grants

Do you have an opportunity that you need to fund? Explore different options for financing travel or specific projects. This could include crowdsourcing funding platforms such as Kickstarter and other funding sources.

Residencies and Fulbright

How do you sustain your practice? Learn where and how to research residencies and fellowships to suit your career goals. Work one-on-one with a counselor writing for proposals and applications.

Applying to Graduate School

Thinking about graduate school? During this appointment type we will assess goals, learn how to research programs, understand requirements and develop a timeline. Work one-on-one with a counselor to review your graduate school application.

Exhibiting and Sales

Get your work out there! Learn how to locate galleries and exhibition spaces as well as online markets. Price, promote and sell your work.

Business and Freelance Advice

In this session, bring your questions and explore basics, tools and resources for freelance and entrepreneurial initiatives.