Professional Development

Your Job Search

  • Academic Keys—A comprehensive listing of job openings at universities.
  • After CollegeAn online professional platform that connects college students, alumni, and employers through customized career networks at colleges and professional organizations across the country.
  • American Association of MuseumsRepresenting the entire scope of museums including both professional and non-paid staff with a comprehensive resource for job listings.
  • Americans for the Arts Job BankEmployers and recruiters can access a qualified talent pool with relevant work experience.
  • Animation World NetworkBringing employers and job seekers together from across the globe. Post an anonymous resume, start a ‘Job Seeker' account, and view jobs.
  • Art DeadlineA fee-based publication listing contests, competitions, scholarships and grants, juried exhibitions, jobs, internships, and calls for entries.
  • ArtJobWhether you are looking for a new job, a qualified employee, career resources, or information about the arts field, you can find it all here.
  • Arts OpportunitiesA comprehensive database listing internships and artist opportunities.
  • ArtSEARCHLists jobs in theatre, performing arts centers, summer festivals, universities and schools, museums, arts councils and other arts organizations.
  • ArtStaffing.comStaffing, consulting, and training programs for museums, non-profit organizations, and art businesses internationally.
  • AquentA placement agency that joins marketing and design specialists with challenging jobs with the goal of creating productive partnerships and meaningful work.
  • Career BuilderA comprehensive job search site with a wealth of free information about preparing for your job search.
  • Chronicle CareersFrom the Chronicle of Higher Education, an important source of news, information, and jobs in institutions across the U.S.
  • CollegeGradA job search service for college students and recent grads targeting entry-level job searches, tips, and more.
  • Coroflot.comPost your portfolio online plus search for employment opportunities via the design job board.
  • CreativeHotlist.comA communication arts website for portfolio posting and job search.
  • DesignGuide.comA comprehensive and efficient research, communication and advertising platform for the building and design industry.
  • GameJobs.comConsiders itself the go-to destination for the industry's leading recruiters.
  • Gamasutra.comAn industry leader in career resources. Search by company, title, description, or location.
  • Get a Design JobAdvice for your job search from AIGA.
  • GraduateJobs.com—The national employment bulletin for visual arts professions.
  • HigherEdJobs.comA large database focused on college and university positions.
  • HowDesign.comA job bank that lists opportunities within the design field including print, web, interactive, package design, and management.
  • Idealist.orgAn interactive site for people and organizations to exchange resources and ideas and locate opportunities.
  • Indeed.comSearch job listings and post your resume. Information about jobs, salaries, trends, plus forums.
  • InsideHigherEd.comAn online source for jobs in the field of higher education. In addition this site offers news, opinions, and tools to help professionals in this field find employment.
  • Job BoundFree online resources for resume writing, interviewing, and networking.
  • Krop.comA job board and career resource website for creative professionals.
  • LinkedinVideo tutorial for recent graduates.
  • LogoPond.comAggregates job listings from top job boards in the design community.
  • Mandy.comLists job vacancies in film and broadcast across the U.S. including art departments and production.
  • Monster CollegeA part of the online job site Monster.com aimed specifically at college graduates to help them find their first career. They offer resources, interview tips and tricks, resume templates, and skill-building quizzes.
  • Motionographer.comLists jobs and paid internships in broadcast design, 3D animation, motion graphics, interactive design, live action production, visual effects, and production.
  • Museum Employment Resource CenterLists jobs and information related to museums and museum employment.
  • MuseumJobs.comPosting jobs for museums, galleries, libraries, and archives in the U.S. and internationally.
  • MuseumProfessionals.orgA site designed by museum professionals for museum professionals. Job listings are for the U.S. and overseas.
  • National Directory of State Arts AgenciesA searchable directory to find job boards for opportunities in the arts.
  • Opportunity KnocksDedicated to nonprofit professionals. This site includes job listings as well as resources for developing successful careers in the nonprofit community.
  • SchoolSpring.comAn employment source for educators. This site allows job seekers to scour the web for job postings, suitable for both new and experienced educators.
  • Springboard for the Arts Job BoardOpenings in arts-friendly organizations and companies in MN.
  • The Art Directors ClubA forum for creative professionals in the advertising, design, interactive media, and communications fields. Numerous types of opportunities are listed.
  • The College Art AssociationThe largest database of employment listings in the art and academic worlds.
  • The Creative Placement AgencyHas a deep level of experience in all levels of recruitment and placement within design firms, corporations, and advertising agencies.
  • DesignDirectory.comA comprehensive guide to the best design firms and creative agencies.
  • The Firm List—A directory that lists web design and development firms organized geographically.
  • The Foundation CenterProvides listings of current full-time openings at foundations and non-profit organizations in the U.S.
  • The Smithsonian Career CenterLists job vacancies and offers opportunities to post your resume.
  • Workbook.comDedicated to providing the premium sourcebooks and resources for finding top talent and services. Workbook also provides adaptable marketing tools for photographers, illustrators, letterers, and designers.
  • Yeh IdeologyA boutique firm that specializes in recruiting for industrial design and related industries.

Professional Organizations

  • AIGAThe professional association for design is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force.
  • Art & Design Educational Advisors, LLC (ADEA)Provides independent, objective college advising and career development services specifically for artists and designers. ADEA provides career development guidance for recent graduates trying to begin their career and for professionals seeking to modify their career. This is a fee-based service.
  • ArtCollecting.comProvides links to more than 4000 art galleries along with art museums and non-profit art centers. Includes direct links to major cities across the U.S.
  • ArtShow.comA dense site with listings of shows, competitions, workshops, classes, individual artists, and a tips and tutorials section. There is a comprehensive list of arts organizations around the country.
  • ArtSupport.comCreated for fine art photographers, however it’s useful to anyone interested in selling artwork.
  • Artists Who TeachA non-profit organization for the artist who is also a teacher.
  • ASMPThe premier trade association for professional photographers offering enormous benefits including: searchable directory listing in ASMP's Find A Photographer database, major discounts on seminars and workshops, how-to info, advocacy and representation for media rights on Capitol Hill, networking opportunities, insurance, discounts on products and services, and consultation with their staff. This is a vital organization for any professional photographer whether emerging or established.
  • Graphic-Design-Info.comA comprehensive directory of design organizations around the world in addition to articles, resource lists, suppliers, and job postings.
  • Industrial Designers Society of AmericaISDA promotes the practice and education of industrial design.
  • New York Foundation for the ArtsThe mission of NYFA is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA serves individual artists by offering direct financial assistance, professional development, and information and resources to artists and organizations.
  • Professional Photographers of AmericaThe world's largest nonprofit association for professional photographers. This association seeks to increase its members' business savvy as well as broaden their creative scope, advancing careers by providing all the tools for success, as they have since 1869.
  • Twin Cities Fine Arts OrganizationFormed to advocate visual arts literacy, which is promoted to the public through programs and visibility including the annual Gallery Guide, The Arts Insider email, special events, and more.
  • US Regional Arts OrganizationsThe US Regional Arts Organizations are six non-profit entities created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis.
  • Wedding and Portrait Photographers InternationalWPPI includes members from all genres of photography. Membership includes a listing in PhotoServe.com portfolio display site, special vendor discounts, discounts for contest entries, conventions and trade shows, subscriptions to Rangefinder and PDN magazine, equipment reviews, blogs, and opportunities to network with others in the profession.

External Resources

  • Behance NetworkA network of creative professionals, tools, and ideas to empower other creatives to make their ideas happen. Includes an online portfolio, the 99% Behance Blog, Action Method task management web application, and Behance Outfitters store.
  • Career Builder—Advise & ResourcesFree information about preparing for your job search.
  • CargoOffers its members free personal websites, a wide variety of templates, and simple but sophisticated tools to control the way their content is displayed.
  • Clean Up Your Online ProfileReports back on the social profiles of job candidates. Take control of how your profiles appear online.
  • DropboxA file hosting and sync service offering 2GB of free online storage enabling users to sync and share files and folders across the internet and between devices.
  • EtsyA social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies.
  • FileMailA free service allowing you to send and receive big files in an easy, fast, and secure way without registration.
  • Interview Cheat SheetA cheat sheet that offers great advice for job interview preparation.
  • KickstarterAn online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects. A project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. You set your own funding goal, so aim to raise the minimum amount you’ll need to create your vision.
  • Linkedin—Recent GraduatesA tutorial video for recent graduates.
  • MS Office Resume TemplatesResume templates and more for college graduates.
  • SquareSquare allows you to accept credit card payments for your goods or services through Android and iOS apps with the help of a card reader dongle that plugs into your device. Square charges 2.75% per each swipe through the card reader without any commitments. The credit card reader dongle and app are free.
  • Writing The Perfect ResumeIf you haven’t started it, you should. Your resume is a crucial introduction and it must be good.
  • You Send ItSend files easily. Send and receive content with the comfort of email without the hassle of inbox limits.

Internships and Residencies

  • ArtistsCommunities.orgConnected to the Alliance of Artists Communities, it lists residencies available in the U.S. and abroad for established and emerging artists.
  • Idealist.orgAn extensive list of non-profit organizations, internships, and volunteer opportunities throughout the world.

Women in the Arts

  • Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn MuseumAn exhibition and education facility dedicated to feminist art—past, present, and future. It is the permanent home of Judy Chicago's iconic work, “The Dinner Party.”
  • Empowered Women InternationalAn award-winning nonprofit organization that channels the entrepreneurial spirit, the arts and creative talents of immigrant, refugee, and low-income women into small businesses to create jobs, opportunities for women, multicultural understanding and a new generation of American leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • Friends of LuluA networking group of women cartoonists and graphic novelists with educational activities and an awards program.
  • National Museum of Women in the ArtsA museum in Washington, D.C. with fantastic online resources. They have developed Clara®, a unique interactive database containing authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists of all time periods and nationalities. The information in Clara® is drawn from the materials in NMWA's extensive Archives on Women Artists. They have received funding to do this research over a period of several years from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a grant-making federal agency supporting museums and libraries of all types.
  • The Women's Media CenterIs based in New York and has Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda on their board. A major part of their mission is training women to be effective and employed journalists and they maintain a website with news about women.
  • Women's Caucus for ArtA national organization of women artists with chapters all over the country. They have a newsletter and hold conferences and networking events. They sell books on their website about the history of their organization and their frustration with mainstream arts organizations.
  • Feminist Arts ProjectA collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual, and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present. They do educational events and have an online calendar. Though based at Rutgers there is also a list of regional coordinators.
  • WARMConnecting emerging and professional women artists and encouraging them to create and exhibit art, and to increase their participation in the art world. As a catalyst for women artists to assist each other in achieving their goals, WARM promotes and provides advocacy and assistance for its members' projects. Membership is open to all who support WARM's mission, whether you are an artist or not.
  • Women ArtsA worldwide community of artists and allies that provides free funding information, skill-building, and networking services. Coordinates SWAN (Support Women Artists Now), an annual international celebration of women artists.
  • Women Make MoviesThe largest distributor of women's films in the educational market, based in New York.

Innovation

  • The Business Innovation FactoryThe Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab, in partnership with the Business Innovation Factory puts entrepreneurs at the center of an ongoing effort to design, prototype, and test a new generation of solutions to achieve a new economic vision with entrepreneurship at its heart.
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators AllianceSupporting technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges to create experiential learning opportunities for students, and successful, socially beneficial businesses.