If you are interested in creativity and human expression, then a career in the arts, media, or entertainment might be a good fit for you. The arts, media, and entertainment industries cover a broad range of career paths that engage skills in communication, creative production, research and analysis, and relationship building. There are opportunities to be in front of an audience or behind the scenes, or in developing and producing content across a variety of platforms.
Possible Career Paths
- Account executive
- Art director
- Arts administrator
- Broadcast journalist
- Digital content manager
- Fundraiser/donor relations manager
- Graphic designer
- Market research analyst
- Media planner
- Programs and events manager
- Public relations specialist
- Social media specialist
Although these lists encompass some occupations in the cluster, this is just a sample. Be sure to keep an open mind and dig deeper into the other careers that play a part in these industries. It is helpful to dive into the skills used within each role to see which area complements your own.
Related Job Sites
- AIGA Design Jobs — This job board focuses primarily on design-related jobs.
- ArtJobs — Job postings in arts, culture, and education
- College Art Association Jobs — This job board is particularly strong in arts-related job postings at universities and arts organizations, including museums.
- EntertainmentCareers.net — Job postings across the entire entertainment field. You can filter by job type or location.
- Mediabistro — Job postings in media, including writing, editing, marketing, and other creative jobs
- Staff Me Up — Postings for production jobs in TV, film, digital, media, and entertainment
Internships and Research Opportunities
- Many TV, film, and music production companies and talent agencies post their internship opportunities on their website and social media channels. You can also follow them on Handshake, although you will likely need to apply directly on their website. Companies that run competitive undergraduate internship programs include AMC Networks, Creative Artists Agency, NBCUniversal, SiriusXM+ Pandora, United Talent Agency, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Media.
- The New York Foundation for the Arts lists both paid and unpaid internships at NY-based arts organizations, including galleries, theaters, and museums.
- Americans for the Arts — an arts advocacy organization, lists arts management internship opportunities.
Related UO Clubs
- The Art History Student Association facilitates educational and professional development opportunities for students interested in the history of the visual arts, regardless of major field of study.
- The JSMA Student Member Advisory Council (JSMAC) connects UO students with the on-campus art museum through museum programming and student outreach.
- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History both offer opportunities for students to gain work experience, both through part-time jobs and internships.
- Students in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management can access internship opportunities through their school’s advising office.
- The College of Design lists job and internship boards by area of focus, including art and design, architecture, and history of art.