Arts, Design and Culture
Are you considering a job or internship in the arts? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.
Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.
- Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
- Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
- Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
- Commercial and Industrial Designers
- Craft Artists
- Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
- Fashion Designers
- Film and Video Editors
- Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
- Graphic Designers
- Interior Designers
- Multimedia Artists and Animators
- Music Composers and Arrangers
- Music Directors
- Music Directors and Composers
- Musicians and Singers
- Museum Technicians and Conservators
- Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
- Producers and Directors
- Set and Exhibit Designers
- Sound Engineering Technicians
- Talent Directors
- Writers and Authors
- American Alliance of Museums
- Art Jobs
- ARTS Intern
- Association of Art Museum Curators
- Atlantic Theater Company - Jobs, Internships, and Fellowships
- CEI Internships Book - The Museum Internship Book
- Chicago History Museum
- Entertainment Careers
- Fashion Jobs Central - requires subscription
- MoMA Summer and 12-Month Internships
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- New England Museum Association
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- Preservation Directory
- Smithsonian Internships
- Style Careers
- USAJOBS - The official job and internship site of the United States Federal Government. You can search for positions classified by college major and use the series number (including Architecture, Dance Therapy, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Music Therapy, and Museum) for opportunities that appeal to you.
- Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN)
Alumni To Know
One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.
Erin graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. After graduation she entered the Master of Architecture program at the University of Maryland and graduated in December 2010. She stayed on at the University of Maryland to teach an undergraduate course in Architectural History and joined Suzane Reatig Architecture in Washington, DC. Today she is still with SRA where she oversees several multi-family housing projects spanning the east coast from New York City to Miami. In her role as Project Architect, Erin is responsible for all phases of design, from initial schematics all the way through to construction completion.
Erin is happy to speak with any students who may be interested in pursuing architecture or any design related field.
Yasmine Espert is an Art History PhD student at Columbia University studying the arts of the Caribbean/Diaspora with an emphasis on the moving image. She received a Fulbright research grant to Barbados in 2011 and is the graduate fellow for The Digital Black Atlantic. Yasmine graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History; she minored in African American Studies and Photography.
Lauren graduated from Washington and Lee in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and minor in Museum Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Lauren is very interested in working with museums with cultural heritage collections, and at Washington and Lee had the opportunity to work with University Collections on campus and to do internships at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute. These gave Lauren experience with collections management, conservation science and conservation respectively, and helped her to decide that her real passion is for conservation science. Lauren is currently a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student at Northwestern University studying the aging of artists' alkyd paints. She would be happy to talk with students interested in museum related work, particularly conservation science and conservation.
Jenna Worsham is a freelance theater director based in New York City. Jenna graduate from Washington and Lee in 2010 with degrees in English and Theater. She recently directed Room For One, by Alec Silberblatt for The Middle Voice Theater Company in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. As a founding member of Middle Voice, she directed Bus Stop (The Producer's Club), and Waiting For Lefty (Access Theater) in a production that toured to public locations in NYC and the tri-state area. She has been an assistant director on and off-Broadway to such directors as Tony Award-winner Pam Mackinnon (Manhattan Theatre Club); Obie Award-winner Sam Gold (Broadway revival of William Inge's Picnic, Roundabout Theatre); Tony nominee Maria Aitken (Huntington Theatre); Kate Whoriskey (for the off-Broadway revival of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, Second Stage Theater); as well as Obie Award-winner Lear deBessonet (Contemporary American Theatre Festival).
Jenna's recent NY directing credits include: Gaba Girl by Cheri Magid (New Georges Theater, Audrey Residency); Home by Lucy Thurber (Rattlestick Theater); Under the Water Tower by Steve DiUblado (NYU/Tisch); American Voice (The Working Theater Directors Salon); and What the Sparrow Said by Danny Mitarotondo (FringeNYC). She has directed additional readings and workshops for such theaters as Yale Repertory, the Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater, Houses on the Moon Theater, and the MCC Youth Company. Throughout her time in New York Jenna has been awarded the Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship, as well as two SDC Foundation Observerships. Jenna is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers union.
To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, check out this Twitter list curated by @WLUalum:
- Spotlight on Careers: Architecture
- Spotlight on Careers: Film and Television
- Spotlight on Careers: Museums
- Spotlight on Careers: Performing Arts
- Spotlight on Careers: Visual Arts Administration