Career Development

Career Development

Student Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Events with the Office of Professional Development

Life Skills Workshop: Mindfulness and Self Care (Remote)
Friday, September 11th | 2pm-3pm | Zoom

ArtBound Initative Career Readiness Workshop (Remote)
Wednesday, September 23rd | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Zoom

Art & Money Part 1: Goal Setting (Remote)
With Anissa Lewis & Wave Pool Gallery
Friday, October 9th | 12pm-2pm | Zoom

Art & Money Part 2: Financial Wellness (Remote)
With Elaine Luttrell (author of Art & Numbers)
Friday, November 13th | 12pm-2pm | Zoom

Career Advising

The Associate Director of Professional Development is available for professional development advising, including resume/CV review and critique, cover letter assistance, mock interviews, job search assistance, graduate school planning, life skill building, and more.


AAC students have the option to apply for a for-credit internship experience, which allows them to explore various creative pursuits and professional development opportunities under the guidance of professionals in the field. Museums, galleries, studios, local businesses, design and branding firms, art supply stores, newspapers, non-profits, festivals, and other organizations may provide AAC students many opportunities to pursue internships in the Greater Cincinnati area.

A successful internship experience provides students with 3.0 credit hours. Students may register for up to two internships for a maximum of 6.0 credit hours. To apply and register for an AAC for-credit internship, students must complete and submit the Pre-Internship Application Packet to the Internship Program Director (Associate Director of Professional Development).

Upon successfully applying for, and receiving an internship, students must complete the Internship Experience Packet along with at least 120 internship contact hours.

Previous AAC students have been placed at companies and organizations such as BLDG Refuge Studios, Cincinnati Art Museum, LPK Design, Manifest Gallery, P&G, SOS Art, Such & Such Craftsmen, We Have Become Vikings, and many others. For more information about the internship program, contact the Associate Director of Professional Development.

Pre-Internship Packet Internship Experience Packet

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.

Arts Business Certificate Program (ABCert)

Arts Business Certification supports students' professional practice initiatives and provides them with increased confidence in their preparedness for career opportunities. The Arts Business Certification demonstrates students' willingness to take advantage of professional development resources at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Upon completing this certification, students will graduate with Arts Business Distinction and will be able to list the Arts Business Certificate on their resume, formalizing their experiences in the program and lending added credibility. Students may enroll in this voluntary program any time by completing and submitting the ABCert Application and Goal Setting Worksheet to the Associate Director of Professional Development.

ABCERT Application

Study Abroad Program

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a partner with both ArtBound Initiative and the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). Students may apply any time during the year to ArtBound Initiative for custom placement in an internship abroad or in New York City.  The Kentucky Institute for International Studies offers affordable study abroad experiences in over 20 different countries. Students should check the KIIS website ( for details about KIIS summer, winter, and semester programs. Additional suggested programs to review include: Studio Art Centers International Florence (SACI) and the Butler Institute for Study Abroad. Scholarships are available for both ArtBound and KIIS programs. Contact the Associate Director of Professional Development (also the KIIS Campus Representative) for more information.

Alumni Employment