Career Development

Career Development

Student Employment Opportunities


AAC students have the option of completing a for-credit internship experience, which allows them to explore various creative pursuits and professional development under the guidance of professionals in their field. From museums, galleries, studios, local businesses, design and branding firms, art supply stores, newspapers, non-profits, and more, students have many opportunities for internships in the Cincinnati area.

Each internship experience provides students with 3 credit hours, and can repeated up to two times. Students can choose to be self-directed in finding their internship or can ask for assistance from their advisor and/or Kelsey Nihiser, Director of Student Services.

Previous AAC students have been placed at companies and organizations such as LPK Design, BLDG Refuge Studios, We Have Become Vikings, P&G, Manifest Gallery, SOS Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Such & Such Craftsmen, and more.

For more information about internships, Internship Info

+B (Plus Business)

The +B program collects and synthesizes professional training that students receive at the AAC in and beyond the classroom. To earn +B distinction at graduation and on the transcript, students must complete 400 +B points throughout their time at AAC.

The +B program supports students' professional practice initiatives and provides them with increased confidence in their preparedness for career opportunities. The +B Distinction demonstrates students' willingness to take advantage of the professional development resources of the Art Academy and Cincinnati community in preparing them for substantive and satisfying creative lives.

For more information about +B, students should contact Paige Williams, VP for Academic Affairs / Academic Dean, or Kelsey Nihiser, Director of Student Services.

AAC x ABI New York City Summer Internship

Artbound Initiative photograph showing New York, Berling, Hong Kong photos, a global career accelerator for creatives

In partnership with ArtBound Initiative (ABI), AAC students have the opportunity to complete a summer internship in one of the world's art and design hubs - New York City! Students can complete an 8 or 12-week internship option and will earn credit to apply to their degree. Each student receives individual attention to identify a custom internship placement based on their background, skills, and goals. AAC students are eligible for scholarships!

For more information and to see experiences from students on the program, check out the page link below.

Life After Art School

Life After Art School is an optional 3 credit hour course offered by the Department of Liberal Arts, which helps students discover and prepare for various career options after their experience at the Art Academy. Non-profit, professional, independent, entrepreneurial, and academic options are explored through speakers, readings, and site visits. For more information about this course, contact Matt Hart, Chair of Liberal Arts.

Alumni Employment