Careers & Internships
Our programs at the Corcoran School provide you the knowledge you need to grow as a professional artist. It is also important you understand the competitive creative landscape. At GW, we provide dedicated services, people and knowledge to help you put your artistic experience in context and take the next step in a successful career. Our Center for Career Services helps you translate your visual work into an articulation of career competencies and to apply creative thinking skills into traditional and non-traditional work environments. Most importantly, you'll learn to strategize how to be in a career that fuels your calling and creates time for exploring your passions.
In addition, Shaunda Thompson is GW's Industry Coach for U.S. Politics, Social Impact, Education, Arts & Communication. She is able to help with things like job search strategy and resume writing. You can set up appointments with Shaunda by going to Handshake > Career Center > Appointments > Schedule a New Appointment > Industry Appointments > U.S. Politics, Social Impact, Education, Arts and Communication
Shaunda has over a decade of experience in higher education at the community college and four year institution levels as a career coach, academic advisor, academic support center director and adjunct professor.
Based on our proximity and the prominence of our university, the Corcoran School offers opportunities like no other, inspiring students to create art and design with the potential to shape and influence the world beyond.
Center for Career Services
There are many resources available to you at the Center for Career Services including:
- Strength assessments
- Industry coaching
- Industry networking
- Mock interviews
- Portfolio reviews
Career Services also provides office hours, brings in professional organizations, organizes site visits at employer offices, hosts career fairs and sponsors Career Quest trips.
GW uses Handshake to manage career and internship opportunities, which you can use to discover and favorite jobs, and receive personal recommendations. You can find best practices and tips for the industry you want to enter and find career-related events held at the university.
How can students secure freelance work?
We know that students who are young professionals may want resources for contract templates or information on how to protect their work. Here are a few resources to help guide you as you get started:
- GW Library Guide to Contracts and Freelancing
- AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Contracts
- Legal Services at the Innovation Center
And, ask your professors who are professional practitioners for advice.