Assistant Director, Internships


For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.


Position Summary


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is seeking a self-directed professional as Assistant Director of Internships in our Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) department.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Create a vibrant cross-campus outreach program to inform and engage students about internships in Chicago, across the country and around the globe
  • Partner with CAPX’s Assistant Director of Employer Relations to ensure clear communication between students, employers, and the broader SAIC community
  • Build a collaborative network with students, faculty, employers, alumni, and SAIC colleagues to develop and promote internship opportunities
  • Personalize internship advising sessions to provide students with an understanding of the responsibilities and benefits of internships
  • Be an enthusiastic champion of student success and an active contributor to the CAPX team


You are right for this position if you:

  • Are committed to helping SAIC students gain the self-knowledge, experience, skills, and confidence needed to develop unique, creatively satisfying career paths
  • Understand the world of creative careers and the transition from art school to the workplace
  • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset and are able to envision and execute new ideas and processes
  • Can lead projects independently and complete them on schedule and on budget
  • Can contribute to team projects where responsibility and recognition are shared
Skills & Qualifications: 


Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.  


A minimum of three years’ experience in a professional work setting, such as career services, human resources, student affairs, academic advising, or arts administration.

Demonstrated knowledge about the working world of artists, designers, writers and scholars, their required/recommended career preparation, and potential paths to achieve professional goals.

Able to conceptualize and execute complex student-focused initiatives to achieve stated goals.

Able to present and advise on a wide range of career-related topics.

Able to build collaborative relationships with students, faculty, employers, alumni and SAIC colleagues, and to work effectively within an academic environment.


Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office (Power-Point, Word, Excel).

Demonstrated facility with computer-based systems and online platforms, and comfort with adoption of new digital processes.

Demonstrated organizational abilities and exceptional written and verbal communication/public speaking skills.

Able to start, manage, and complete projects independently from inception to completion with full accountability for deadlines, quality, and accuracy.

Able to prioritize and balance a number of projects simultaneously while maintaining a high quality of work in a fast-paced environment.

Entrepreneurial, collaborative style, with excellent human relations skills. Able to build relationships with students, faculty, employers, alumni, and colleagues.

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