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 History and 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 stage director based in New York City, with a focus on new work and re-imagined American classics. Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles (Associate Director); Picnic (SDCF Observership). Recent Directing: Balm in Gilead (Lee Strasbourg Institute); Here to Be Seen (Social Justice piece featuring formerly incarcerated women, commissioned by the Brooklyn District Attorney); Kids by Daniel Talbott (IRT); The Vagina Monologues for Taconic Correctional Facility (also performed off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre); Graduation Day by Emily Daly (WorkShop Theater); Spring Awakening (Lime Kiln Theater). As founding Artistic Director of The Middle Voice, the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, she directed Bus Stop (The Producer's Club), Waiting for Lefty (Access Theater), and Room For One (Paradise Factory). Jenna has been an assistant director on and off-Broadway to such directors as Tony-award winner Pam MacKinnon, Sam Gold, Kate Whoriskey, as well as PublicWorks director Lear deBessonet. She has directed readings and workshops for Yale Repertory, the Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater, Playmakers Rep, Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, The Flea, among others. Throughout her time in New York Jenna has been awarded a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship, and two SDC Foundation Observerships. She is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep, The Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and an Affiliated Artist of New Georges. She also serves as Lead Curator of the Creative Solutions Symposium, a residency program at SPACE on Ryder Farm that houses artists who integrate creativity with social action initiatives. Associate member, SDC.
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