Career Exploration and Development

Arts, Communications, and Creative Professions

The brilliant-hued Ladies move to the rhythms of Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf – 2017.
The brilliant-hued Ladies move to the rhythms of Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf – 2017.
Photo credit: John Seyfried

The journey is rarely linear, because each person’s pathway is unique and filled with various experiences along the way (just like creativity itself).  Success in the creative fields requires more than raw talent. It also takes skills in communication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and networking—that is, the skills you’re developing as an Oberlin student.

Kyle FarrisKyle Farris serves as Assistant Director for Career Readiness and advisor to the Arts, Communications and Creative Professions Career Community. He is also the liaison to the integrative concentrations in Arts Administration and Leadership, Journalism, and International Affairs.

Schedule an appointment with Kyle (Career Exploration and Development - Arts, Communications, and Creative Professions Career Advising).

From graphic design to film, you will apply your creative vision to myriad tasks and organizations, whether it is a nonprofit, a private company, or your own business. You might be surprised at the variety of opportunities and employers in this sector. Our internships will cover fields such as:

Arts and Design

  • Dance
  • Design
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
  • Fashion
  • Museums and Galleries


  • Animation
  • Comic books and graphic novels
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Media and entertainment
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Recording
  • Publishing
  • Radio and podcasts
  • Producing

Building on Oberlin’s unique history of learning and labor, integrative concentrations help students translate theory into practice, imaginary audiences into real people, critique into constructive solutions. Each program involves coursework, experiential learning, and the completion of a digital learning portfolio, a unique tool for students to reflect on their concentration while presenting signature accomplishments to audiences within and beyond campus.

Click the links below to learn more about integrative concentrations related to Arts, Communications, and Creative Professions.

Take advantage of all the jobs, leadership roles, and other opportunities that are available to you on-campus or in the Oberlin community.  This can be a great way to explore your interests, develop your skills, and build experience that can transfer to your career journey after Oberlin.

Connect with alumni through OberLink, Oberlin's student-alumni networking platform. Join the Career Community for Arts, Communications, and Creative Professions to engage with members from all over the world in various fields.

Joining a professional association as a student or alumni is a great step to take in your career journey. Professional associations can give you access to job and internship databases, keep you up-to-date on information and news related to your career industry of interest, and connect you to a wonderful network of professionals in your field. We recommend following the association on LinkedIn as well to receive their content in your newsfeed and begin networking with other members on the platform!

Performing Arts - Dance

Performing Arts - Music

Performing Arts - Theater

Visual and Digital Arts




Arts Education and Therapy

Coming soon!


We Need Diverse Books: A nonprofit with the aim of diversifying children's publishing and creating more opportunities for marginalized authors.

Lambda Literary Resources for Writers: Organization supporting LGBTQ+ writers.

Hurston/Wright: Workshops, classes, and awards for Black writers.

Harper Collins Author & Design Academy: A six week writer's workshop for ethnic minority applicants from the U.K. and Ireland.


Paramount Writers Mentoring Program: 8 month professional development program for aspiring writers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds 

Sesame Workshop Writer's Room: Virtually accessible program to diversify children's programming.

Sundance Institute Outreach and Support: Various programs and fellowships to increase diversity in film.

American Film Institute: AFI statement of support for diversity, equity, and inclusion, including links to relevant organizations.

The Writer's Guild Foundation Fellowship Programs for Screenwriters: Centralized database for early career screenwriting fellowships, including ones support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Director's Guild of America Television Director Development Programs: Centralized resource for supporting television directors, including several early career and diversity, equity, and inclusion focused programs.


IAMA Theatre Company Comissions: Support for early career theater writers, with commissions available for underrepresented applicants.

The Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship: Supporting early career theater professionals from historically marginialized populations.


The Association of Arts Admnistration Educators (AAAE) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Research Fellowship: Research fellowship for graduate students to study administration and management in the arts.

Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts Fellowships: Early career fellowships to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in a variety of arts fields.

The Art of Autism: Supporting artists on the spectrum

Andrew Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation 


Dance USA Fellowships: Opportunities for BIPOC and historically underrepresented artists and dancers.


Arts, Communications, and Creative Professions Jobs and Internships

Below is a sampling of jobs and internships currently posted for Obies. Log in to Handshake to see all of the available opportunities in Arts, Communications, and Public Service Sector fields.