Career Services-Art+Design

Visit to Fred Segal, Los Angeles Road Show.

Sam Fox School graduates are uniquely innovative, entrepreneurial, and engaged, and they find rewarding careers that match their vast ambitions. Many of our alumni become prominent artists and designers, but they also go on to diverse professions in business, law, medicine, public health, publishing, and writing.

Our dedicated Career Services office plays an important role in that success, offering Sam Fox School students one-on-one advising and specialized programs to pursue their professional interests. This page highlights some of those programs, as well as a small selection of job/internship placements and alumni spotlights. Students interested in learning more about Career Services opportunities in Art+Design or in scheduling an advising appointment should contact:

Jen Meyer
Assistant Director, Career Development-Art
jennifer.meyer@wustl.edu

To view the full array of resources available to Art+Design students through Washington University's Career Center, click here.

How to Work with the Career Services Office

The Sam Fox School's Career Services office offers numerous programs and resources designed specifcally for students in art and design. These include:

1:1 appointments. One-on-one advising helps students crystallize their interests and guides them on how to structure the search. In the process, students will identify and develop the tools to effectively target prospects—whether for an internship, job, residency, fellowship, graduate school, or other professional opportunity. Students may also schedule a 1:1 mock interview anytime throughout the year. To make an appointment, reach out to Jen Meyer at jennifer.meyer@wustl.edu.

Quick Advising. These ten-minute check-ins are ideal for a quick review of a resume, to discuss edits to a cover letter, or to trouble-shoot a follow-up strategy with a prospect. Quick Advising is available to students who have had a 1:1 appointment previously. Weekly sign-up links are emailed out by Jen Meyer.

Pro Practices Seminars. These seminars are designed to provide a foundation for students to confidently pursue professional, transitional, and further academic opportunities.

For Design Majors: The seminar is offered to juniors and seniors in fashion design and communication design. The nine-week program includes sessions on the development of résumé, cover letter, online presence, and portfolio, as well as skill-building sessions focused on networking, interviewing, social media, and professional etiquette. Contact Jen Meyer for details

For Studio Art Majors: In partnership with faculty, the Career Services office leads a series of professional practices sessions that are integrated into the required curriculum for all juniors and seniors in art. Skills, materials, and learning outcomes from the course support both a studio practice and beyond, and can be leveraged into any number of career paths, fields, and industries.

Virtual Alumni Networking. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and altered job and internship markets, the Sam Fox School Career Services team initiated a virtual alumni networking and mentoring program for students in summer 2020. These opportunities were valued by both the students and the alumni, with 100 art and design students and 155 art and design alumni taking part. Stay tuned for updates on other such opportunities.

Road Shows. Road Shows are your opportunity to meet with organizations across the country. These trips focus on a city and an industry, and are open to all WashU students. During the trip, you will have the opportunity to meet WashU alumni working and living in the city, as well as tour and meet with select organizations.

Road Shows will take place remotely in 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; please check back for updates. Past road shows have included:

- Los Angeles (Fashion, with visits to 24 Seven, Chanel, Fred Segal, Guess, and Hybrid Apparel)
- New York (Fashion; Art Direction + Design, with visits to 1stAveMachine, 2x4, Moment, Saatchi & Saatchi, 72andSunny, and Verizon)
- Chicago (Art Design & Direction, with visits to Studio Blue, Morningstar, Thirst,
Wright Action House, Greater Good Design, and VSA; Artists, Arts Organizations, & Cultural Institutions, with visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Richard Gray Gallery, Rebuild Foundation, studio of alum Ginny Sykes, Smart Museum of Art, and Metal Magic Fabricators)
- Silicon Valley (Art Direction + Design, with visits to IDEO, Method, frog, Pinterest, Levi Strauss & Co., YouTube/Google, Facebook, and DreamWorks Animation)

Special opportunities—both on and off campus. Students are encouraged to connect and participate in both the Sam Fox School community and in the larger arts and design community in the St. Louis area and beyond. The Career Services office works closely with faculty and staff to circulate and promote opportunities such as working with visiting artists, engaging with local galleries, applying for grants, and joining collaborative projects. Announcements will be sent via email.

Campus-wide Career Center events, workshops, and other programs. The main office of the Career Center, located in the DUC, is another resource for students at the Sam Fox School. The Career Center hosts an all-campus career fair in the fall and spring, in addition to skill-building workshops and other ongoing programs. In the spring, juniors should look for announcements about Junior Jumpstart.

Alumni Spotlights

Jenie Gao
Jenie Gao, BFA10, full-time artist, creative director, and entrepreneuer.

Check out our new (and growing!) series of profiles of outstanding alumni. They share what they're currently working on, their advice for current students, and even the biggest project they've carried back from Bixby to the dorms. View spotlights>>

Job & Internship Placements


Aaron Duffy, BFA06, partner & creative director at 1stAveMachine and cofounder of SpecialGuest.

A small selection of recent job and internship placements for our current students and recent graduates is listed below. You can also check out the WashU Career Center's Outcome Data Page. In addition to these landings, our students often go on to graduate programs in art and design at prestigious universities across the country.

Jobs-Communication Design
72andSunny
American Museum of Natural History
The Atlantic
Atomicdust
Digitas
Edward Jones
Facebook
Fleishman-Hillard
frog
Glamour magazine
Google
Grand Studio
Guggenheim Museum
IBM Design
IDEO
J. Crew web design
Medium
New York Magazine
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Ogilvy & Mather
Penguin Group
Pentagram
PwC Digital
Shutterfly
TOKY Branding + Design
Walt Disney Imagineering
YouTube

Jobs-Fashion Design
Coach
Diane von Furstenberg
Hearst Digital Media
Isaac Mizrahi
Kate Spade
Launch
Levi Strauss & Co.
Oscar Carvallo Paris
Ralph Lauren
SUMMERSALT
Theory
Tommy Hilfiger
Tory Burch

Jobs-Studio Art
Artist assistant to Tara Donovan
BBD
CMT Group
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Drive Social Media St. Louis
Formulate
Kukje Gallery
Laumeier Sculpture Park
National Gallery of Art
National Portrait Gallery
Octavia
Princeton University Press
Quad/Graphics
Starry Kitchen
Two Twelve

Internships: Communication Design
1stAveMachine
20th Century FOX
American Museum of Natural History
Cheree Berry Paper
Digitas
Disney ABC Television Group
Interbrand
Kate Spade
Mozilla
Pentagram
Pixar Animation Studios
Shedd Aquarium
Studio Blue

Internships: Fashion Design
3.1 Phillip Lim
Calvin Klein
Derek Lam
Georgio Armani
J.Crew
Nanette Lepore
Nylon magazine
Vera Wang

Internships: Studio Art
ASIG Productions
Gagosian Gallery
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pace Prints
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Regional Arts Commission
Rob Voerman Studios (Holland)
Saint Louis Art Museum
Six Mile Sculpture Works
Whitney Museum of American Art

For more information about career opportunities offered by Washington University, visit CAREERLink.