“It’s wonderful to know that Montserrat continues to support its former students, and I feel fortunate to have attended such a dedicated school.”Lindsey Mason ’11

Nygel Jones, Artist, ‘15 Interdisciplinary Concentration

Montserrat’s Career Design Studio facilitates career exploration and professional development for all students and alumni. Our staff helps students apply the same creative processes they use in their studio classes to the exhilarating and life-changing work of designing their future.

The Career Design Studio walks alongside students during all four years at Montserrat, creating opportunities for them to articulate goals and aspirations, try out career ideas, and receive practical advice and feedback from industry professionals. 


Highlights include:

  • Individualized life coaching and career brainstorming during the Career Design Studio course, sophomore year.
  • On the ground experience during the required internship, junior year.
  • One on one mentorship with a creative professional senior year.

The Studio also assists individuals who are hoping to launch freelance careers or start their own businesses, with specific workshops and courses designed to kickstart student business ideas prior to graduation. 

Visit Us

The Career Design Studio has its home in the Schmid Career Center, a brainstorming and incubator space available for all students, faculty, and staff.  Located on the second floor of 248 Cabot Street, the Center is equipped for in-person and virtual workshops, group ideation sessions, and individual exploration. 

Reserve the Schmid Career Center for your next meeting or brainstorming session.

Resources & Programming

Through a combination of coursework, resources, and programming, the Career Design Studio helps students and alumni gain strategies for developing sustainable creative practices and attaining industry-related opportunities. 

These resources and programs include:

  • An appointment calendar for direct access to individual Career Coaching and Internship Advising with Career Design Studio staff.
  • Montserrat Works, an online job and career resource board, where employment opportunities, internships, exhibition opportunities, grants, residencies, and career guides are shared exclusively with the Montserrat community.
  • Professional Practice Grants, accepting applications three times a year to support current Montserrat students’ proposals for funding their businesses, participating in internships that require travel or housing, attending conferences or workshops in their field, or completing residencies.
  • Art World Learning, a series of financial health videos and learning materials presented by and for creatives, on topics such as freelance finance, budgeting, taxes, credit, debt, investing, and intellectual property.
  • A career resource library of graduate school information and professional practice books, located in the Schmid Career Center.
  • The Career Closet, which provides professional clothing free of charge to current students.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Workshops
  • Professional Reviews
  • Career Fairs and Recruiter Tables
  • Additional programming such as alumni panels, artist talks, networking opportunities, and professional practice workshops on various topics offered throughout the academic year.



Internship numbers by year:
2022 (in progress): 72
2021: 84
2020: 59
2019: 125
2018: 47
2017: 30
2016: 43
2015: 40
2007-2014: 352

Graduate schools attended:
American University
Art Institute of Chicago
Bentley University
Boston Architectural College
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cleveland State University
Columbia University
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Harvard University
Hunter College
Johns Hopkins University
Lesley University
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
New York Academy of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Pratt Institute
RIT Rochester Institute of Technology
Royal College in London
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
Simmons College
Suffolk University
SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Stony Brook
The University of the Arts
Tufts University
University of Buffalo
University of Massachusetts
University of New Hampshire
University of the Arts, London
University of Washington
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Yale University