Beginning at orientation, the Career Services Office introduces the concept of Career Management and encourages students to develop an ongoing relationship with the department. Student outreach continues throughout their NewSchool tenure, with workshops introducing career building strategies such as personalized branding, strategic networking, job search tactics, negotiation strategies, appropriate salary levels for the specific industry and job function, and proactively managing of one’s career.

While still in school, NewSchool’s Career Services Office offers opportunities to engage with industry professionals through events such as career fairs, lectures, networking, brokering informational interviews, internships, and mentor/mentee programs. The department maintains a Part-Time Job Blog for current students, Alumni Job Blog highlighting high-level opportunities, and a Full-Time Job Newsletter which is sent weekly to recent graduates highlighting the national job market and recent openings posted by our network of employers. Career Services reaches out to firms to encourage “top of mind” consideration of NewSchool students while educating employers on the appropriate salary levels. This data is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent data as well as industry organization reports. This process promotes quality salaries at all levels as well as a healthy fiscal future for our community of students and alumni.

As graduation approaches, personalized interviews are held with each pending graduate to thoroughly understand their goals, skills, and experience and to reiterate the necessary steps to a successful job search. During this interview, a follow-up appointment is made to review and critique the resume, portfolio, and project list. Following graduation, Career Services consistently reaches out to each graduate, providing support and guidance throughout the job search, assistance with interview preparation, potential leads, and negotiation of offers. Once employed, the relationship continues in order to provide support, encouragement, and advice to our architects and designers.


Shredding the Norm: Investigating the Overlap of Skateboarding & Design
Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 9 PM | NewSchool Auditorium
Join us on Tuesday, April 16 for a panel discussion featuring well-known faces in the worlds of skateboarding and design as they consider how their passions intersect and influence their personal and professional lives.

You’ll also learn more about the upcoming collaboration between NewSchool + CSEF and how skateboarding can propel your academic career!

Mackenzie On-Campus Recruitment | Lunchtime Presentation & Onsite Interviews for Architecture & Interior Architecture Students
Thursday, April 24 | NewSchool Auditorium
9:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Prescheduled 15 minute interviews
12 – 1 PM: All School Presentation
2:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Prescheduled 15 minute interviews

To be considered for an interview resumes with portfolio links must be emailed to Lisa Ganem ( by 5 PM on April 12.

Alley Rounds
Tuesday, April 30 | 6 – 9 PM
The Pannikin Building
643 G Street

San Diego, CA 92101
(4 blocks west of campus)

It’s cherry blossom season, so put on your kimonos and join us for NewSchool’s highly anticipated Alley Rounds featuring spirited discussions from some of San Diego’s top design professionals in Graphic Design, Construction Management, and Architecture.

Announcer for this Evening’s Festivities:
Stephen Russell: Executive Director at San Diego Housing Federation 

Featuring Debates with:

  • Ron Miriello: Director, Miriello Brand Expression
  • David Conover: Integrated Brand Strategies for the Built Environment
  • George Welch: Former Program Chair of the Construction Management Program at NewSchool
  • Steve Matley: Program Chair of Construction Management at NewSchool
  • Frank Wolden: Principal, AVRP Skyport Inc.
  • Doug Austin: CEO, AVRP Skyport Inc.

General Admission: $5.00 (event entry includes two drink tickets)
General Admission + Sushi: $10.00 (event entry, two drink tickets, and sushi)

RSVP Required due to limited capacity:

Friday, June 21 | The Galleria (Old Main)
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Employer Only Event
All participants on display at GradShow must be present. Be sure that you are dressed for success, have at least 25 copies of your resume, and be prepared to stand by your work and interface with employers.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Friends & Family Event
Complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served — have fun and celebrate your accomplishments.

Check our calendar for more upcoming Career Services events including job fairs, mentor/mentee meetings, info sessions, and more.

Our team works closely with you in helping you develop your career goals, preparing you to meet with employers and securing job opportunities. The services we provide include:

Career Counseling

  • One-on-one counseling sessions to conduct self-assessments, discuss your career goals, and more.

Personalized Career Management Plans

  • Develop your own step-by-step plan for career development.

Job Search Strategies

  • Resume and Interview Prep Sessions
  • Networking Techniques
  • Job-Creation Tactics
  • Proactive Analysis of Key Markets
  • Follow-Up Approaches
  • Interviewing Strategies and Tips

Career Services Events

  • Annual GradShow
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Job Fair
  • Career Services Strategy Sessions
  • Company Information Seminars

Job Postings and Job Matchings

  • Email Blasts
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Social Media Alerts
  • On-Campus Interviews
  • Individualized Strategic Positioning


  • Starter Guides: One-page overviews about resumes, profile statements, portfolios, cover letters, and thank you letters.
  • Intern Development Program Overviews
  • Career Resource Manuals
  • Industry Nonprofit Brochures

To advertise an open position, complete this form and return it to Lisa Ganem at Please take a moment to take the NewSchool of Architecture & Design Employer Survey.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday | 9 AM – 5 PM

Contact Information
Lisa Ganem, Director of Career and Alumni Services | (619) 684-8794