Special Considerations for Graduate Students

The main NCA arts industry page provides a helpful introduction to careers in the arts for all students, so make sure to read that, too. Here are some additional considerations for graduate students considering a career in an arts-related field.

Gain Experience:

The best way to gain arts-related experience is to get involved with arts activities at Northwestern and beyond. Many local and national arts organizations welcome graduate-level interns. If no formal internship opportunities are available, it may be possible to volunteer.

Get Connected:

Chicago is an arts-rich city with plenty of opportunities for meeting practitioners. If you are thinking about a career in the arts, seek out local happenings in your area of interest. Go to art openings and lectures, visit museums, or attend music or theatrical performances. Also, talk to alumni working in these fields. You can find them via our.northestern.edu and through the Northwestern University Alumni group on LinkedIn. 

Common Career Directions for PhDs:

  • Public Humanities
  • Museum Curation and Education
  • Program Management
  • Development
  • Communications

Additional Resources:

To learn more about resources that can help you prepare for a career in the arts, visit the TGS Career Path page on public humanities, arts, and NGO administration