SVA Career Development Counseling

Appointments are for current SVA students and alumni up to four years after graduation.

Please note that available appointments are currently limited. If you just have a few quick questions, please utilize our weekly Virtual Office Hours on Thursdays between 10:00 - 11:00am.

Please use your SVA email address to book your appointment.

All career counseling sessions are currently being held virtually via Zoom. Before your scheduled meeting date, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to access the video call.

Career counseling sessions support degree-seeking students and recent graduates in exploring, identifying and pursuing your individual career goals, and introduce you to professional tools and resources. We can assist you with résumé, cover letter and portfolio reviews, job search strategies, interview preparation, building a freelancing career, applying to grants, residencies, and other professional opportunities, as well as exhibiting your work as an artist.

Freshmen and sophomores must review our Resume and Cover Letter Guide before booking a career counseling appointment, and they should select Spencer Robelen as their career counselor.

Please select a career counselor below. While we typically honor your preference, our office reserves the right to reassign your appointment to a different counselor in the instance of a scheduling conflict.

Be assured, our counselors are trained professionals with experience working with students of all majors.

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Spencer Robelen (Freshmen & Sophomores only)

Spencer Robelen counsels freshmen and sophomores, focusing on resume reviews, preparing for internships and how to best utilize Career Development’s online resources. He is a composer, lyricist and playwright with a BM from the University of Miami and an MFA from New York University. He has experience teaching and promoting emerging artists through organizations such as the Society of Composers Incorporated, Tisch School of the Arts, the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts and the University School Art Institute.

Tricia Ross (Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students, Alumni)

Tricia Ross is a career coach, event producer, and higher education and arts management professional with experience working at The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum as well as arts organizations in Cincinnati. She also has served on the boards of Inwood Arts Works and the New Harmony Project. Tricia’s areas of expertise include internship and job search planning; career exploration; networking skills and strategies; artist statement, resume, and cover letter writing; goal setting; and general career guidance. A former volunteer conversation partner with the International Center of NY, she holds an advanced diploma in coaching from New York University, and a BS in theatre management from the University of Evansville.

Patty Romeu (Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students, Alumni)

Patty Romeu is a career counselor, film producer, and creative consultant with experience working in higher education, media production, art museums, nonprofit organizations and foundations. She has been a producer on productions for HBO and PBS, worked on special projects for MoMA, Dia Art Foundation, and The Global Film Initiative and is the recipient of an Emmy award for the documentary film The Loving Story.

Patty’s areas of expertise include writing effectively for a job/internship search and for all levels of career growth, negotiating job offers and terms of employment, creating a sustainable freelance career, building a small business, applying for college-level teaching positions, as well as the basics of job and internship searches, resume and cover letter writing and general career guidance.

She has held faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level at Emerson College and Drexel University, and as an adjunct at Barnard College and University of the Arts. Patty has an MFA in Film and Media Arts and a BA in Communications, both from Temple University.