Career Services

The NewSchool of Architecture & Design Career Services Office provides a holistic approach to career development which nurtures all students from the beginning of their education to the advancement of their architectural and design careers beyond graduation.

The mission of the NewSchool’s Career Service Department is to assist students, recent graduates, and alumni in developing, evaluating, and implementing their individualized employment goals while ensuring student success at the highest levels. Throughout their years of study, both on and off campus design and architecture job openings are provided to nurture professionalism throughout the lifecycle of a design thinker. The 2016-17 Academic Year yielded significant job placement results with 87% of the graduating class reporting employment in their field of study or related field within six months of graduation.

Our Unique Career Management Model

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.

Career Services Resources

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

For Employers

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.

Contact Career Services

Office Hours
Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM

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

Jennifer Levy, Career Services Counselor | (619) 684-8821