Building a great portfolio takes more than just hard work, dedicated instructors and talent. It often takes honest input from pros in the business.

Through a program we not-so-creatively dubbed the Mentorship Program, Creative Circus students have the opportunity to tap into the network of working Circus alumni and other industry pros to form relationships with the very pros they hope to be working with one day.

In the students’ second year, they choose a mentor from their discipline who is working in one of the top creative shops in the country. Students communicate with their mentors to build relationships. The mentors critique the work, offer suggestions for improvement and often give career advice before the students’ careers even begin.

Our students have benefited tremendously from this program, which allows them to take advantage of great talent all over the U.S. while they remain focused on their portfolios here in Atlanta.


In today’s creative industries, the word “internship” can mean a lot of things.

Many agencies often hire creatives for a probationary period and refer to it as an “internship.” They generally last 6-9 weeks and often result in full-time job placement with full benefits. These are paid positions, and if the opportunity is right for the student, we encourage these opportunities. We have worked with a wide range of national agencies on paid internship programs.

The school is also associated with many Atlanta agencies and design firms that offer part-time jobs. These paying part-time jobs are also often referred to as “internships.” Some students will choose to work with these local agencies while they attend full-time classes. These students are usually selected by faculty to work in these part-time positions. The school does not supervise or coordinate these part-time positions, but we do recommend that students work less than 20 hours per week in order to complete both school work and agency work in a professional manner.