American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Chinese Instrumental Association
Music Entertainment Committee (MEC)
Student National Association of Teachers of Signing (SNATS)
The arts encompasses many possible career areas and roles — some students may wish to be a practicing artist or performer, while others may want to work in supportive roles such as those found in arts administration. Still others may want to work in larger industries, such as film, media, or fashion. One of the most common attributes of careers in the arts is that there is rarely a single path that people will follow. Just like creativity and art itself, each career journey is unique and made up of many different stops and experiences along the way.
The Piper Center is eager to support you in exploring careers in the arts, as well as finding jobs, internships, and other opportunities. Please stop by the Piper Center anytime during business hours to have an initial conversation with a Peer Advisor. When you are ready to go further, meet with our arts career coach Meghan McMillan by scheduling an appointment in Handshake.
Posted vs. Hidden: Posted internships are usually found on an employer’s website or other job & internship site. However, opportunities in the arts are more likely to be “hidden”, meaning they may not be entirely visible in online searches. As a result, you are more likely to identify and obtain job and internship opportunities through networking or a direct inquiry. Arts organizations are less likely to post their open jobs and internships widely on career sites and will instead primarily post on their own webpages and rely on word of mouth. (Larger, nationally-known organizations. Therefore, while it is often easier to browse websites for opportunities, often the best internships or jobs come about through relationship-based strategies. Leave plenty of time for networking activities – in fact, the more time you spend with this search strategy, the more likely you are to find an opportunity you really want. Be brave!
Venue-based Search: One of the best ways to identify jobs and internships in the arts is to search by venue. In a given geography, identify all of the arts venues that are of interest to you and search on their websites or inquire directly with relevant staff. If you don’t see opportunities in the present, ask when they typically post internships or how they usually post for open full-time jobs. You can use the Art Venues by City/State list to help you.
Highlighted Opportunities: Follow the link ‘Highlighted Arts Opportunities In Handshake to access jobs and internships that have been flagged by the Fine Arts coach in the Piper Center. (Note: The number of highlighted jobs and internships will vary.)
Take advantage of all the jobs. leadership roles, and others opportunities that are available to you on-campus or in the Northfield community. This can be a great way to explore your interests, develop your strengths, and build experience that can transfer to the world of work.
Here are just a few examples – can you think of others?:
Tools and Resources abound online to support your creative career journey – here are a few helpful resources.
Know of a great online resource? Email Meghan McMillan (mcmill2) in the Piper Center to share it!
Associate Director, Ole Career Launcher, Innovation and the Arts
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