All our undergraduate programs include a mandatory Professional Preparation Component that puts students in workplace situations. AAC offers additional support services outside the classroom to help students earn money and gain professional experience while they’re in school. The student can choose whether to do a Museum Studies Internship, Professional Practice Studio, Academy Design Service, or Open Internship Experience.
Student Services runs the Open Internship Experience - those internships external to the Art Academy excluding museums. For information about the course and it's structure, please see the Internship Packet.
Part-time Jobs and Freelance Work
The Student Services office helps students find art-related jobs after graduation, during summer vacations, and on a freelance basis during the semester. The office maintains a job board in the student mailroom, listing openings in art- and design-related fields. Listings are sorted by major, and there’s an extensive section of jobs that are attainable by beginning students who lack a portfolio. Many of the latter are on campus - AAC employs students in its galleries, administrative offices, Community Education program, and labs and workshops.
All students are encouraged to visit the Student Services office for personalized advice on portfolio presentations, resume writing, interviewing techniques, networking, and job hunting. Upon graduation, students sign up for a weekly e-mail of job opportunities sent by the Director of Students Services.
The Art Academy employs students through the Federal Work Study Program. On-campus jobs pay $7.30 per hour, and paychecks are distributed weekly. To be considered for Federal Work Study a student must submit the FAFSA and be eligible, see the Director of Financial Aid or call (513) 562-8773.