Career Services

At PAFA, the goal is to help students develop the skills necessary to advance their careers—in whatever direction they choose. 

Students should connect with the Career Services Office early in their education by attending a workshop or meeting with Greg Martino, Director of Career Services, to begin working on identifying career goals, developing a resume and interviewing skills. Career Services resources can be found here(PAFA students only).

Professional Development Opportunities

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Workshops

A complete schedule of workshops features topics including resume writing, interviewing techniques, using personality assessment tools, and more. In addition, faculty and museum staff develop collaborative workshops to address the concerns of artists trying to carve out a career in the complex world of professional art-making. These include sessions on framing and matting, panel discussions with intellectual property attorneys, insights from tax accountants, and roundtables with artists exhibiting in alternative spaces.

  • Art Law with Sergio Sarmiento
  • Living a Creative Life with Sharon Louden
  • How to Price Your Art
  • Residency Panel with Kate McCammon and Arcmanoro Nile
  • The Artist Teaches: Developing Opportunities for Teaching with Al Gury
  • Service Learning Programs: A Meeting with Artist Year Director Lauren Mika
  • The Gig Economy
  • Creative Decision Making
  • The Artist’s Life is an Ecosystem: How to Manage It
  • Finding & Defining Your Passion with Nicole Dupree
  • Graduate School: How to Apply, Create a Portfolio and Fund It
  • Museum Careers: A Conversation with PAFA Museum Director Brooke Anderson
  • The Fulbright Fellowships: New Developments and Application Tips
  • How to Protect Your Art: A Conservator's Talk
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Internships

An internship can offer a window into the workings of a gallery, auction house, museum, film/television production company, art center, publishing house and more. In addition to pursuing internships at outside organizations, PAFA students have access to a world-class museum to explore curating, museum education and development, conservation and digital archiving—all without leaving campus.

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Barnes
  • The Penn Museum
  • The Mutter Museum
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences
  • The Print Center
  • Woodmere Art Museum
  • The Clay Studio
  • Taller Puertorriqueño
  • Freeman’s Auction House
  • William Way LGBT Community Center
  • Kate's Place
  • Little Berlin
  • NextFab
  • Philadelphia Sculptors
  • Portside Art Center
  • Main Line Art Center
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts
  • Project Home
  • SREHUP
  • Cerulean Arts
  • Larry Becker Contemporary Art
  • Schmidt Dean Gallery
  • Seraphin Gallery
  • Twelve Gates Art
  • American Poetry Review
  • Freeman’s Auction House
  • Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
  • Inliquid
  • Print Center
  • RAIR
  • Slought Foundation
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Personality & Skill Assessments

Career assessments are a great step for career explorers, job-seekers and students at all stages of the career exploration process. Career Services offers a number of assessment tools—including Myers-Briggs tests—designed to help you discover yourself and your career options.

Career Services at PAFA offers:

  • Help with resumes, CVs, cover letters and artist statements.
  • One-on-one interview practice.
  • Guidance in exploring internships, using job search techniques and developing career paths.
  • Help with utilizing personality assessment tools.

Contact Us

Student Services at PAFA is fully committed to assisting students with their needs and questions.

Telephone: (215) 972-2199

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