Professional Development: Who Can Help?
We can help! The Practice Department is staffed with design professionals who can help guide you through the different stages of your professional development track. To schedule a meeting with a staff member in the Practice Department, email email@example.com or call 617.585.0145. Be prepared to bring an up-to-date resume, work samples [if any], portfolio material [if any], a notepad to write on, and - most importantly - your questions.
The Learning Resource Center [LRC] provides one-on-one assistance with cover letters and resumes, software skills, and academic support for BAC classes. For more information or to set up an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the LRC page.
The BAC Mentoring Program connects BAC students with alumni, staff, faculty, board members, peer advisors, and overseers at the BAC. Mentors help students adjust academically as well as socially and emotionally to life at the BAC, and may provide guidance in professional practice. For more information or to set up an appointment with a Mentor, email email@example.com or visit the BAC Mentoring Program page.
Preparing for the Job Search
Crafting a compelling resume and cover letter is essential for anyone planning a successful job search campaign. It is often your first introduction to prospective employers and will determine whether or not you are contacted for a first interview. The following tools are designed to help you present your skills and qualifications in dynamic ways that may help you snag that coveted interview:
- Getting Started in Practice [PDF]
- General Info on Job Search Documents [PDF]
- Job Search Strategies [PDF]
- The Job Application [PDF]
- Cover Letter [PDF]
- Functional Resume [PDF]
- Chronological Resume [PDF]
- Hybrid Resume [PDF]
- References Page [PDF]
- Work Samples [PDF]
Already snagged an interview? Congratulations! Click here for tips on how to prepare for your interview.
Finding a Job or Paid Internship
For many students, finding work at the right design firm or related setting is a crucial step in their career development. Getting the desired job or internship may not be easy, but students who conduct a diligent, informed, and persistent job search campaign eventually do find work. Here are a few tools to aid your search:
- Practice Lab: Practice Lab is an online job database available to BAC students. By accessing Practice Lab, students can search for full-time and part-time positions with design firms and related offices.
- American Institute of Architects
- American Society of Interior Designers
- American Society of Landscape Architects
- Boston Society of Architects
- International Interior Design Association
Looking for alternative ways of gaining Practice experience? Learn about Gateway; apply for Independent Practice, Design Competitions, or Travel Hours; or consider pursuing opportunities in a non-traditional design-related setting.
BAC Practice Department
320 Newbury St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on weekends