Resources for the Arts

Professional organizations can be a great way to connect with other professionals in your field as well as find postings for positions in your field. Read more about connecting with professionals on our networking page.

Professional organizations, whether you join, participate in functions that they sponsor, or explore their websites, can be valuable resources at points throughout your career development. Consider them for career exploration, networking, finding job postings, and for continued professional development.

In many ways, a professional society is an instant network: You’ll be with others who have the same general career interest. Additionally, you may be able to learn more about your field and potential employers from other members. Consider volunteering at or attending an organization’s events. They often offer special discounted rates for volunteers and students. Conferences are a great way to make connections and to learn about important trends and issues that impact your career field.

Professional organizations by field can also be accessed through What Can I Do With a Major In… or What Can I Do With This Major.

Find professional organizations and employment resources applicable to different School of Education disciplines under each section. Links are researched by the Career Center, but the Career Center is not responsible for the content or postings.

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Professional Organizations

    • Wisconsin Chapter of AIGA will identify member businesses offering student internships and group tours of their facilities. See contact information under Outreach section.
    • Chicago Chapter AIGA provides job postings for the greater Chicago area.
    • Minnesota Chapter AIGA hosts events and professional development opportunities for designers in Minnesota.

Employment and Internships

  • American Advertising Federation’s Madison chapter has a job bank that lists local advertising opportunities. They also sponsor internships and scholarships to students.
  • American Alliance of Museums showcases information and postings for employment opportunities related to museum professionals.
  • Art Institute of Chicago offers a variety of employment and internship opportunities at a highly renowned museum.
  • Art Jobs has open listings for jobs in a variety of artistic fields.
  • Big Shoes Midwest features marketing, advertising, design, and communications related jobs and lists of professional organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.
  • is a valuable resource, with postings, for the creative job search.
  • HOW Magazine is a comprehensive on-line business center for graphic designers, including job bank.
  • GYST features specific career advice and professional practices for artists.
  • Lands’ End offers internships and full time employment in graphic design as well as other creative avenues.
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission offers summer internships in a variety of roles.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. It is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts.
  • Quad/Graphics is an international printing and publishing company headquartered near Milwaukee, which offers Wisconsin-based and international opportunities.
  • Smithsonian Institute features employment, fellowships, and internships.
  • WECAN is an online posting and hiring system used by more than 500 Wisconsin K-12 schools and districts.


Professional Organizations

 Employment and Internships

  • The American Ballet Theatre, based in New York City, offers internships during fall, spring, or summer.
  • American Dance Festival offers internship positions during their summer performance season.
  • Dance Place provides their interns hands-on experience with the staff and faculty at Dance Place, a nationally recognized community arts organization.
  • Hubbard Street Dance Company provides interns interested in dance and arts management the experience of working behind the scenes in one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies.
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance offers internships for those interested in arts administration or production.
  • The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC offers internships for college students and graduates interested in arts management

Theatre and Drama

Professional Organizations


  • Directors Guild of America offers a competitive training program to become Second Assistant Directors.
  • Playbill, a magazine for the theatre, features a searchable list of open positions for the theatre community.