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.

Quicklinks: Explore Careers | Job and Internship Resources | Alumni to Know

Explore Careers in the Arts

Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

  • Vault Guides - (must be on W&L network to access) Provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door. Use the "Guides" tab for information about specific industries.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
  • O*NET OnLine - The nation's primary source of occupational information. It contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. It also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Job and Internship Resources

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 Barrineau '06  

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.

Lauren Sturdy '11

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 '10

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.  

Marquita Robinson '10