Interested in careers in the creative fields?

As any alum working in the field will tell you, it is a challenge to pursue opportunities in the creative fields—in fact, you will need to really channel your creative energies to land jobs and internships via a targeted search and tons of networking. This is primarily due to the fact that the recruiting process for organizations in the creative fields fundamentally differs from that of other industries. While our office conducts extensive outreach to employers within communications and the arts, they are often less likely to recruit on campus or post positions. This can be frustrating for students.

Creative careersSo, what is Career Services doing to support students interested in pursuing creative careers? An important part of Career Services' new strategic plan is to work together with alumni, employers and our campus partners to expand opportunities for students interested in the arts and other creative fields. We currently offer several alumni panels, career fairs and networking events to connect students to alumni and employers in the field. Examples of a few events held this fall included two major student-alumni networking events (Alumni Connections and Communications Night) and two intensive workshops facilitated by alumni (Intro to Marketing and the Freelance Artist Boot Camp). Plans are taking shape for additional student-alumni engagement programs in the near future.

Student feedback indicates that meeting with a career counselor to discuss options and map out a plan is especially valuable for those interested in creative endeavors. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with Abbey Racelis, assistant director for the arts, nonprofit and public sector. Since joining the staff in 2011, Abbey has dedicated herself to bringing job and internship opportunities to campus for students interested in creative writing, dance, theater, visual arts, and the nonprofit and public sector.  “My main goal is to be an advocate for the students here who are pursuing what some would call non-traditional careers.” When meeting with Abbey, the first steps include identifying your specific fields of interest, developing a customized approach to discovering unadvertised openings, designing an outreach strategy to connect with alumni and other professionals, as well as scouring industry-specific sites related to these fields. “What I love about working with Princeton students is that they express their creative talents through so many student-run, extracurricular endeavors across campus—this is a testament to their true passion for the arts.” Abbey sees her role as making sure students are leveraging all the resources, programs, and opportunities available to them—leaving no stone unturned.

Career Services has many upcoming events and programs this spring for students with an interest in the arts. The Summer Internship and Nonprofit Fair will be held on Friday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dillon Gym.  Invitations were sent to thousands of employer organizations and extensive outreach is being conducted to employers within communications and the arts. While employer registration is still underway, a sample of a few registered organizations that are looking for students in the creative fields includes All Stars Project, New City Kids, Roundabout Theatre Company, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Calkin Media, and Church & Dwight. Students should check TigerTracks the week of February 7 for the final line-up of employers attending the fair.

Applications are also due this spring for the Princeton Entertainment Internship Program, a program co-sponsored by Career Services and the “Princeton-in-Hollywood” alumni group to provide internship and full-time opportunities within the entertainment industry (film, TV, and music).   Past participants have interned at companies such as Sony, IMG, CW, Showtime, Georgeville TV, Half the Sky, Shine America, Branded Entertainment, Underground Films, and many more. The application is available in TigerTracks and the deadline to apply is Friday, February 21.  First round interviews will be conducted at Career Services in early March.

“We are very responsive to student suggestions and feedback. I particularly enjoy helping students spearhead new ideas that can benefit fellow students.” One such initiative planned for later this year is a Creative Careers Conference, co-sponsored by Career Services and the Pace Center to help students expand their knowledge of creative career options and build a network of alumni contacts in fields such fine arts, graphic design, dance, film, and writing. “I am really looking forward to working with the students on the planning committee to make this a successful annual event,” Racelis commented.

By, Eva Kubu