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Career Services

Career Services in the Practice Department continues the BAC's 125-year practice-based tradition by positioning graduates to be exceptionally competitive in the professional marketplace.

We take an individualized approach to help you craft your dream career: getting to know your interests in design, what inspires you, and what skills you bring to the job market.

Practice Networks' Career Fair

Students and recruiters meet during the 2023 Practice Network's Career Fair at the BAC.

Friday, March 15, 2024
BAC campus, 2nd floor
9 AM to 4 PM

We invite you to engage in Practice Networks, where students from The Boston Architectural College (BAC) connect with diverse design professionals in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, and related fields.

In one-on-one discussions, BAC students gain insights into specific career paths, refine interviewing and networking abilities, and obtain valuable feedback on their design portfolios.

BAC students register by March 5!

Practice Networks honors the enduring partnerships between the BAC and designers in Boston and beyond, reinforcing our dedication to nurturing design education rooted in real-world practice.

Consider Becoming a Practice Networks Sponsor!

Our BAC firm partners can explore Practice Networks sponsorship opportunities at different levels. By becoming sponsors, firms not only enhance their visibility but also position themselves as advocates for student employment and the growth of design education through practical experience. All proceeds contribute to the BAC’s Practice curriculum, providing students with opportunities for internships, experiential learning, and expanding avenues through practical engagement.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Bronze ($500) - firm listing on all event signage and in-person materials.
  • Silver ($1,000) - firm logo on all event signage and in-person materials; firm logo on all upcoming communications and webpage.
  • Gold ($1,500) - premier sponsor for lunch during the event for all firm participants; prominent firm logo on all event signage and in-person materials; firm logo on all upcoming communications and webpage.

Practice Netork's Career Fair Sponsors. Silver Sponsor: Build Health International (logo on left). Bronze Sponsors: HOK and Shepley Bulfinch (listed on right).

Available Services

Career Services offers ongoing and specialty workshops designed to help answer your questions about important steps in the job-finding process and significant moments in your career. From the Salary Negotiation Workshop to the Portfolio Preparation Workshop, find out which of our helpful events are coming up next on the Student Portal

The Practice Department provides professional advising and a range of resources to help you identify your career goals and determine the appropriate steps toward developing and realizing those goals. Whether you are planning to become a licensed architect, landscape architect, or interior designer, or whether you are planning to blaze your own trail in the design industry, the staff in the Practice Department can meet with you individually to discuss your career needs.

Every semester Career Services holds events to help you meet talented design professionals. In the first year, both undergraduate and graduate students who enroll in the CityX class practice their interviewing skills with multiple deans of the college. This event is typically followed by a CityX Networking event in which design professionals share their advice and personal stories about how to be successful in design. 

In addition to these on-campus events, the Practice Department guides you in off-campus engagements with architects and project managers at construction sites. You will also have the opportunity to join Career Services in an office visit to meet licensed architects, HR Managers, and/or architectural designers at a reputable design firm and see a day in the life of a designer.

Practice Networks links BAC students to a variety of practicing design professionals through its uniquely crafted Career Fair. Through one-on-one conversations, you’ll learn about specific career opportunities, practice interviewing and networking skills, and receive critical feedback on your design portfolio. Practice Networks celebrates the BAC’s longstanding relationships with designers from Boston and beyond and strengthens our commitment to design education emerging from design practice.

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:

Crafting a compelling resume and cover letter is essential for anyone planning a successful job search campaign. Use these tools to help you present your skills and qualifications in dynamic ways that may help you snag that coveted interview, or contact Career Services for one-on-one help.

You can also check out the Career Services Handbook for helpful guides on topics such as:

  • Getting Started in Practice
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Job Search Documents
  • Functional Resumes
  • Hybrid Resumes
  • Chronological Resumes
  • Cover Letter
  • Interviewing
  • Interview Portfolios
  • References Page
  • Job Tips for International Students

Employers: Need to Post a Job?

Learn how to log into our portal and start finding valuable BAC student employees today.

Have More Questions?

For Your Appointment: Be prepared to bring an up-to-date resume, work samples, portfolio material (if any), a notepad to write on, and—most importantly—your questions.

Schedule an appointment with Career Services: