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Career Development

Career preparation is a critical component to the Stamps School experience. We can’t wait to see where your creative future takes you.


The Stats: Stamps Grads + Creative Careers 

Data from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) sug­gests that indi­vid­u­als who work in design and the arts report some of the high­est lev­els of job sat­is­fac­tion in Amer­i­ca. Nation­wide, 74% of indi­vid­u­als who pur­sued a cre­ative path in their under­grad­u­ate stud­ies end up work­ing in their field of study at some point, show­ing just how hun­gry 21st Cen­tu­ry employ­ers may be for a cre­ative workforce. 

For some Stamps students, graduate school plays a critical next step” in their future. About 7% of Stamps undergrads opt to immediately go on to graduate school to deepen their creative practice or acquire additional skills.

On aver­age, it takes Stamps grads about six months of active job hunt­ing to land their first out-of-col­lege job. This is on par with the nation­al aver­age. And well worth the wait.

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Career Outcomes

Stamps alumni have landed dream jobs at some of the biggest names in the fields of tech, apparel, animation, advertising, publishing, and more — including Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Warner Brothers, Disney, and Ogilvy.

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Student entrepreneurial efforts include:

  • I started my own business in color correction for feature films.
  • I spent a year in the Peace Corps doing graphic design in Zambia.
  • I’m now the founder & chief designer of Plae, a company that designs customizable children’s shoes.
  • I am a fashion photographer in New York, New York. My photos have been in Elle, Cosmo, Seventeen, Surface, and Glitterati magazines.
  • I opened a painting studio in Detroit and sell my work at national galleries.
  • I am the arts coordinator at an afterschool youth program.
  • I’m an art consultant with the Carrie Fell Gallery in Vail, Colorado, where I also get to ski and snowboard.
  • I created a designer clothing brand that produces hand-dyed and embroidered apparel.

Learn more about the creative paths students choose after Stamps by reading our Alumni News.

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Career Preparation

The fact that Stamps grads secure highly coveted creative jobs at a higher-than-average national rate is in no way accidental. The Stamps School has a number of initiatives that prepare students for their post-college career paths, including: 

Learn more at the Stamps Career Development Canvas site and in the Stamps Curriculum Through a Career Development Lens PDF.

Stamps Students Have Interned With…

  • American Greetings
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival 
  • Anna Sui Corp. 
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • ArtsAlliance
  • Band of Angels
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Biolumina
  • Campbell-Ewald
  • Coach
  • Conde Nast
  • Cranbrook Art Museum 
  • Domestic Violence Project, Inc. 
  • Doner Advertising
  • Donghia Furniture & Textile 
  • Duncan Fuller Interiors 
  • Elle Magazine
  • Endgame Entertainment
  • Food Network Magazine 
  • Foreign Policy Magazine 
  • GE Medical Systems 
  • General Motors Design Center 
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Glacier National Park 
  • Glamour Magazine
  • Graphis
  • Hearst Design Group
  • IDL Merchandising Solutions 
  • Inner Concept Media Studio 
  • Interlochen Arts Camp
  • J Walter Thompson
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc.
  • Mad Magazine
  • Mars Advertising
  • Mass. Audubon Society MOCAD
  • Moosejaw Mountaineering MTS Seating
  • MTV Networks
  • NBA
  • NBC News
  • New Line Cinema
  • Nickelodeon
  • The New Museum
  • Pixel/​Starcom MediaVest 
  • Proteus Design
  • Publicis Hong Kong
  • Saatchi and Saatchi (Taiwan)
  • San Diego Union Tribune 
  • Superfly Presents
  • Surface Magazine
  • The Rockport Company
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • U‑M Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Vogue
  • Warner Music Group
  • Whitney Museum of American Art 
  • And more…