Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 core career competencies. The competencies of: Innovation & Creativity, Digital Literacy, Oral and Written Communication, and Engaging Diversity are especially valued in the Arts & Culture field.
Build a Strong Portfolio
In the arts, your portfolio - whether physical or digital - is evidence of your talent and experience. Seek opportunities to build your portfolio, which can also be used on a professional website, and professional skills through classes, internships, volunteering, student groups and independent work or practice.
Talk to Professionals
Networking can help you explore a career field and learn about the unique nuances of building experience in a particular area of either art or culture; start by doing informational interviews with people who are in organizations or disciplines that are of interest to you. Find professionals through referrals from faculty, by utilizing the “professional networking” tab on goldpass.umn.edu, using LinkedIN, and getting connected to professional organizations.
Below is a small sampling of organizations and their positions that have recruited CLA students in the past. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS.umn.edu, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students. To search for internship openings within this career field, select Internship as the “Position Type.” Organizations that have hired CLA students in the past and roles held include:
- Arts Advocacy Day Intern, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
- Inclusion & Engagement Intern, Xcel Energy
- Graphic Design Intern, MacPhail Center for Music
- Marketing Research Intern, Alliance Francaise
- Rehearsal Assistant, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
- Refugee & Immigrant Program Intern, The Advocates for Human Rights
- Web Design Intern, Skyway Theatre
- Spanish Language Intern, Futura Language Professionals
- Photography Intern, n2 Publishing
- Storytelling Intern (Video and Podcasting), Transition Twin Cities
- Job Readiness Intern, International Institute of Minnesota
- Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator, World Without Genocide
- Development Intern, Northrop Auditorium
- Education Intern, Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
It may be more helpful to seek an apprenticeship or mentorship instead of an internship to learn how to navigate being an artist through a specific medium or to build your own business. Use the Networking tips above to identify potential people from whom you can learn. Some arts organizations (such as the Work of Art program) offer opportunities to build entrepreneurial skills as an artist through workshops on topics such as Marketing for Artists, Funding for Artists, Business Plans for Artists, Career Planning for Artists, Portfolio Kit, Social Media, Grant Writing, etc.
For career opportunities related to a specific language or culture or to your major, having an immersion experience in a relevant country can be a helpful opportunity to improve your language skills and learn more about your own and other cultures. Explore programs abroad through the Learning Abroad Center.
Join a Student Group
Get involved with a Student Group. When searching for student groups, select “Cultural & Diversity”, “Fine Arts/Music/Film” or “Performance Groups” as a category to find groups that match your interests.
The Center for Community Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests.
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways into this profession. One opportunity is the semester-long HECUA program that offers off-campus study that addresses some of the most important issues of our time, including focuses in media and art. Below is information about undergraduate and graduate coursework related to this field (these lists are not all-inclusive):
Arts: Acting, Art, Art History, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Culture: African American & African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Languages & Literatures, Biblical Studies, Chicano-Latino Studies, Classics, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, English, French & Italian Studies, French Studies, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, German, History, Scandinavian, Dutch, Global Studies, Greek, Hebrew, History, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Philosophy, Russian, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Spanish Studies, Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, Urban Studies.
Consider Advanced Degrees
For a deeper study on a specific discipline within this field, you may want to consider graduate school programs to enhance your expertise, or in some fields open up more job advanced job opportunities. Faculty in your department are fantastic resources to solicit information from. Additionally, you can search for graduate school programs by going to www.gradschools.com or www.petersons.com