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Internship Advice

Finding an internship within the arts can be very competitive, but having internship experience will greatly help you when looking for a fulltime job. For performing arts specifically, summer opportunities may be called apprenticeships as opposed to internships. There are some clearly defined internship programs for larger organizations, but don’t be afraid to initiate contact with smaller organizations to gain hands-on experience.

Fulltime Job Advice

Finding a fulltime job within the arts is even more competitive, but internship experience and continually networking will increase your chances of success. For theatre specifically, post-graduate apprenticeship programs exist both for production and arts administration, to provide professional experience and bridge the gap between school and the professional theatre.

Arts Administration

Where Students Intern/Work:

Orchestras, Theatres, Dance Companies, Museums, Galleries, Educational Institutions, Arts Centers/Agencies, Arts Festivals, Operas.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Booking Agent
  • Communications Manager
  • Development Associate
  • Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Entertainment Promoter
  • Event Planner
  • Marketing Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Talent Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

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Museums/Galleries

Where Students Intern/Work:

National & Local Museums (art, national, historical, science), Art Galleries, Aquariums, Arboretums/Botanic Gardens, Culture Centers, Historic Sites, Planetariums, Zoos.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Architect
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Sales Associate
  • Artist
  • Assistant Curator
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Intern
  • Museum Technician
  • Photographer

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Performing Arts/Theatres

Where Students Intern/Work:

Performance Centers, Theatres, Dance Companies, Performing Artists Troupes, Touring Companies, Festivals, Orchestras, Operas, Community Organizations, Colleges/Universities/Schools, Amusement & Theme Parks, Cruise Lines.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Actor
  • Acting Coach
  • Casting Agent
  • Costume Designer
  • Dancer
  • Development Associate
  • Director/Producer
  • Dramaturg/Literary Manager
  • Makeup Artist
  • Musician
  • Playwright
  • Opera Singer
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Talent Agent
  • Theatre Educator
  • Theatre Manager

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Visual Arts

Where Students Intern/Work:

Self Employed/Freelance, Advertising, Computers, Film, Publishing, Software industries, Colleges/Universities/Schools.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Animator
  • Art Teachers
  • Fashion Designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor

*Formal internships are rare, as it is more about working on the creation of the visual art, and getting your art shown/known.

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