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Career Preparation

Career Preparation

Get Experience.

Music Internship (32-3988) can be a great tool to get experience in the music industry. The Music Center has established relationships with many companies in the Chicagoland area for music students to get hands-on experience in a variety of fields. Internship Coordinator, Gary Yerkins, can work with you to find the experience that’s best for you!

Collect examples of your work.

Were you featured in a recent concert? Have you performed your work for a Student Concert Series? Start collecting your work to show to employers. Every Music Department performance is professionally recorded and mixed. All recordings can be accessed and downloaded from iTunesU.

Columbia College Chicago Recordings on iTunesU

Build an online presence.

The Portfolio Center offers a free web portfolio through Virb, which costs students nothing to use as long as they’re in school. Visit the Portfolio Center for free workshops on using Virb as well as user support to create a professional portfolio that will stand out with employers and showcase your talents.

Get hired!

The Portfolio Center also has resources to assist in your job search! Take advantage of their events throughout the year, including Industry Night each spring semester. From workshops and guides for résumé-building to Sigi, the career exploration tool, the Portfolio Center has something to help each student get started on the journey from student to professional.