Career Initiatives

The Career Initiatives offices work in tandem to help students find work, now and in the future, and build an impressive body of work. Career Development Offering an online career guide, individual career consulting, and a series of career events, Columbia’s Career Development provides support to students seeking jobs, internships, and more general to build a career in the arts and media.

Portfolio Center

The Portfolio Center is unique to Columbia. It is the only college center dedicated to helping students build and showcase a body of work in the arts and media. Its support services include production help, an online tool for building an online portfolio, and numerous opportunities to hear from and interact with professionals from the arts and media fields.

Student Employment

Student Employment functions as a Human Resource Office for Columbia College Chicago students. We manage the application process through which students can find work on campus, process paperwork that places students on the college’s payroll, and act as a resource for student employees and hiring departments. On-campus jobs are posted online at


Columbia defines an internship as a practical work experience that places students in training positions related to their academic studies. It’s also an important step toward securing employment. Using this definition, Columbia awards academic credit to students in internships, based on a ratio of credit hours to hours worked. Each department, however, handles internships differently. Visit to find the contact information for an internship coordinator within a specific academic department or program.