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Arts, Education & Nonprofit

The information below provides an overview of the arts, nonprofit and education industries and job functions within. The intent is to provide you with a path for reaching your career goals. Consider this a step-by-step guide that can be used as a starting point for your career.

Arts

What is Arts Management?

Arts Management is the business of the arts – most often non-profit organizations that work with various forms of the arts, such as museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries, historical sites, studios, or educational programs. People working in arts management are immersed in the "business" of art: fundraising & development, education programming, marketing & advertising, finance & accounting, event planning and other operational functions.

Skill Set

You will need a passion for art along with skills that allow you to contribute to the success of the organization. This can include organizational skills, business knowledge, client relations experience, and strong written and oral communications experience. For many business roles within the arts like accounting or finance, you will need functional specific education and/or experience.

While at UR, look for opportunities on campus at the Modlin Center and the various libraries and museums.  ArtSearch – contact Career Services for access to the center’s subscription or sign up for a student subscription. http://www.tcg.org/artsearch/index.cfm.

Internships

Arts management positions are as varied as the arts and the organizations that bring the arts to the public. There are structured internship programs that exist at arts organizations for a variety of business functions (education, development, and marketing) with deadlines that may begin as early as mid-fall semester extending through late spring.

Students interested in this field should volunteer, work part-time, intern and shadow within the arts management industry. Find an organization that you are really interested in and inquire about volunteering. In many cases, volunteers are at the top of the list for internships and other full-time opportunities because of their familiarity with an organization.

Entry Level Full-time Opportunities

Entry level positions in arts management include:

Archivists

Event planner

Museum staff

Art show coordinator

Fundraising & grant writing

Research & policy analyst

Curator

Historian

Technology coordinator

Education coordinator

Media Relations

Volunteer coordinator

There are also many positions available in business departments like marketing, accounting, and human resources. 

Salary Expectations

Salaries vary depending on the sector, the organization, the geographic region, and the skill of the candidate. Click here to view the National Association of Colleges and Employers salary resources. There is not much room for salary negotiation at the entry-point of any career path, and most organizations have benchmarked salaries with their competitors.

Recruiting Timeline

Many organizations and departments typically do not have structured full-time recruiting programs, and positions become open as needed. In many situations you should apply directly via the organization's web site.

Networking is extremely important in this field, so building your network and looking for jobs in the arts management field should begin in your junior year and continue into senior year and the summer after you graduate.

Interviewing Process

The interviewing process typically begins with a behavioral screening interview.  Additional interviews may be more function-specific, delving into your area of expertise. Positions in more creative areas may require evidence of your experience in a specific area of art; for example visual arts positions may require portfolios, while positions in the music industry may delve deeper into your musical knowledge. If you are interviewing for a business-related position, you may be asked questions specific to your area of business expertise.  It is important that you prepare for all interviews. UR Career Services can provide you with preparation tools and mock interviews to help you put your best foot forward in the interview process.

Campus Resources for a Career in Arts Management

*Some resources have eligibility requirements. Review program websites or contact the program directly for details.

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Explore

Film Guild

X

X

X

X

Open Air Arts Club

X

X

X

X

Photography Club

X

X

X

X

University Players

X

X

X

X

Alumni Informational Interviews

X

X

X

X

Wellness 090: Career Exploration

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare

Resume Review Workshop

X

X

 

 

Mock Interview & Interview Workshops

X

X

X

X

Wellness 090: Life & Career after UR

 

 

X

X

Company Information Sessions

X

X

X

 

Internship/Externship

 

X

X

 

 

Evening of Etiquette

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect

UR Career Expos

X

X

X

X

On-Campus Interviews (Recruiting)

X

X

Campus Resources for a Career in Arts Management-Defined

Alumni Informational Interviews
Most UR alumni are willing to talk with you and share insights about their industry and career path via informational interviews. After meeting alumni at career and networking events, you can reach out to them directly to schedule a 30 minute informational interview. You can also meet alumni via the Alumni Informational Interview Program. The program is designed to invite a group of University of Richmond alumni to share the Richmond experience with applicants in target cities throughout the country.

Company Information Sessions
Many of UR’s partner organizations provide Company Information Sessions on campus. In these sessions, company representatives will provide an overview of their organization and describe internships and jobs for students and recent graduates. These sessions are a great way for you to learn about a company, job function, and industry and allow you the opportunity to ask questions and network with professionals. 

Evening of Etiquette
Network with UR alumni to learn how to make a good impression during a business meal. Practice your networking skills as you learn to engage someone in conversation, and yes, even use the correct fork. 

Film Guild
Film Guild serves as a place for students to learn about film production outside of the classroom. The cooperative environment allows students of all experience levels to learn about filming, recording sound, and editing through workshops and hands-on experience. Members of the club work together to create new and interesting film projects. Film Guild offers the opportunity to discuss the technology, language and art of filmmaking among peers.

Internship/Externship
Internships are opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience in an occupation or profession of interest to you. Internships are usually 8-10 week experiences during the summer of your junior year, and can be paid or unpaid. Externships are often shorter term experiences during the summer of your sophomore year where you may be learning about an organization or industry. Both experiences are a good way for you to try out different industries and job functions.

Mock Interview/Interview Workshops
Prepare for the interview process by attending a Career Services sponsored interviewing workshop, where you will hear about the interview process and learn tactics for excelling in a behavioral interview. Schedule a one-on-one mock interview with a career advisor to practice your interview skills. 

On-Campus Interviews (Recruiting)
Many of UR’s partner organizations conduct interviews for externships, internships, and full-time jobs on campus via Career Services. These opportunities are posted by the employers on SpiderConnect, where you will apply for the job, and if selected, schedule an interview.

Open Air Arts Club
Open Air Arts Club is a place for students with an interest in poetry, prose, music, dance, songwriting, visual art, photography, etc. to improve your work through weekly workshops. At bi-weekly workshops, you will present a piece in progress and other members will critique the piece and offer suggestions. Then, one Saturday every month, you will have the opportunity to present/perform your work for friends at the OOAC coffeehouses.

Photography Club
Photography Club is an inclusive community that loves taking photos where you can; learn photography basics, improve skills, or to just have a fun time with people of similar interests.

Resume Review Workshops
UR Career Services holds workshops where you can learn about the basics of resume writing and get your resumes reviewed by peer advisors and career advisers.

University Players
The University Players provide practical experience in a wide variety of theatrical activities; coordinating the participation of members as performers, designers, and crew on department and student productions; promoting the arts at the University of Richmond, and participating in community service activities.

UR Career Expo
The Spider Career Expos allows students and alumni to connect with full-time and internship opportunities. Approximately 50 organizations and more than 300 students attend annually. The expos are open to students in all majors and class years.

Wellness 090 Career Exploration
Students who complete Career Exploration will: Learn about and practice using Career Services resources, in person and online; Develop self-awareness through use of personality and values assessment tools; Gain the skills necessary to create well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn the basics of using LinkedIn; Complete an informational interview with a professional working in an industry of interest; Develop strategies for considering and selecting a major(s).

Wellness 090 Life & Career After UR 
Students who complete Life and Careers will: Learn about and practice using Career Services tools and resources, in person and online; Increase self-awareness through occupational and values assessment exercises; Obtain the skills necessary to create tailored, well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn strategies for maximizing use of LinkedIn to manage a professional network; Complete an out-of-class career development exercise relevant to career goals and needs.

Online Career Resources

American Alliance of Museums

New York Foundation for the Arts

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Virginia Association of Museums

Americans for the Arts

Dance USA

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Hire Culture

Education

What is Education?

Nearly one in four Americans is enrolled as a student at any given time. This enormous segment of the U.S. population encompasses people of all ages and from all walks of life. Students have a wide range of educational goals—from learning their ABCs to obtaining an MD—but each of these students needs the support of dedicated educators in order to obtain the knowledge and skills they need. Education is America’s second largest industry, and the different career tracks within education are extremely varied.

Within K-12 education, in addition to classroom teaching there are roles in the school system as School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, and administrators. Outside of the public school system there is a vast network of private and independent K-12 schools that may also have roles in fundraising/development, admissions, and alumni programming.

Higher education is another large part of the education sector. A job in just about any function can be found at a higher education institution from student facing roles as faculty or student services providers, to behind the scenes roles in finance, marketing, and human resources.

Skill Set

While there is no education major at UR, if you are interested in classroom teaching you should minor in Teaching Education and participate in a student teaching experience. Depending on whether you are interested in primary or secondary education will help determine your major. You will need a bachelor degree. Teacher Licensure is required in order to teach in public schools and some independent/private schools. If you are interested in higher education, you should consider a graduate degree in higher education.

Experiential Learning

There are many ways you can engage in experiential learning to prepare you for a position in the education industry.  Student teaching provides hands-on, in-class experience. You can also gain experience by working as a counselor at a summer camp, volunteering as a tutor, or exploring intern opportunities at museums, and other education based organizations. During the school year UR’s Academic Skills Center provides opportunities for you to engage in one-on-one tutoring by joining the Peer Academic Skills Tutoring Team. 

Entry Level Full-time Opportunities

Entry-level teaching opportunities are available as K-12 educators in public, private, and charter schools. There is currently a great need for teachers in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Programs like Teach for America, City Year, World Teach, and AmeriCorps are also good opportunities to gain education experience after graduation.  

If you are interested in exploring higher education opportunities, entry-level roles in higher education are available in student affairs, development, and admissions departments. Most roles involving student advising require a master degree.  

Salary Expectations

Teaching salaries vary depending on teaching discipline, geographic region, and the skill of the candidate. Click here to view the National Association of Colleges and Employers salary resources. There is not much room for salary negotiation at the entry-point of any career path, and most organizations have benchmarked salaries with their competitors.

Recruiting Timeline

Job fairs for K-12 teachers, administrators and other support staff typically take place each year beginning in late January and running through March/April. Teacher job fairs are held by geographic region, so it is important to identify regions of interest to you, and watch for scheduled career fairs. 

Organizations like Teach for America recruit candidates each spring, with some organizations coming to UR for on-campus interviews at Career Services. Watch SpiderConnect for job postings and interview schedules. 

If you are interested in careers in higher education, jobs on college campuses are filled year-round with the bulk of positions opening and being filled from late winter through late summer/early fall. 

Interviewing Process

Teaching interviews focus on your teaching beliefs and philosophy as well as your background. The interview will often start with a request to “Tell me about yourself." After that, most questions are behavioral based, asking for examples of your experiences.

You will need to bring your teaching portfolio, containing several copies of your resume, a copy of your teaching certificate, sample lesson plans, samples of student work, and other evidence of your teaching experience. 

The interview process for organizations like Teach for America (TFA) focuses on your teaching skills, and on your resilience and ability to handle difficult student situations. Questions like: “Tell me about the most difficult teaching experience you have ever faced” and “Why would you quit TFA” are common. 

Campus Resources for a Career in Education

*Some resources have eligibility requirements. Review program websites or contact the program directly for details.

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Explore

Work at a Summer Camp

X

X

X

X

 

Center for Civic Engagement

X

X

X

X

 

HandsOn Greater Richmond

X

X

X

X

 

Alumni Informational Interviews

 

X

X

X

 

Wellness 090: Career Exploration

X

X

 

 

 Prepare

Resume Review Workshop

X

X

X

X

Mock Interview & Interview Workshops

X

X

X

X

 

Peer Academic Skills Tutoring Team

 

X

X

X

 

Evening of Etiquette

 

X

X

X

 

Internship/Volunteer

X

X

 

Wellness 090: Life & Career after UR

X

X

 

Connect

Job Fairs for K-12 Teachers

X

 

On-Campus Interviews (Recruiting)

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

Campus Resources for a Career in Education-Defined

Alumni Informational Interviews
Most UR alumni are willing to talk with you and share insights about their industry and career path via informational interviews. After meeting alumni at career and networking events, you can reach out to them directly to schedule a 30 minute informational interview. You can also meet alumni via the Alumni Informational Interview Program. The program is designed to invite a group of University of Richmond alumni to share the Richmond experience with applicants in target cities throughout the country.

Center for Civic Engagement
Forge long-lasting partnerships in which local organizations teach and learn alongside students and faculty, and benefit from shared resources and ideas. We connect our local partners with students and faculty in a variety of ways, from comprehensive neighborhood-based civic-engagement programs to issue-based initiatives, to even one-time volunteer opportunities for campus organizations looking to give back. And, we often call on community experts in their fields to join us for discussion and action around pressing social issues.

HandsOn Greater Richmond
HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. They offer unique, fun, and flexible ways for you to get connected and involved. www.handsonrva.org

Internship/Volunteer
Internships are opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience in an occupation or profession of interest to you. Internships are usually 8-10 week experiences during the summer of your junior year, and can be paid or unpaid. Volunteer opportunities related to education give you the opportunity to gain experience and try different roles. Both experiences are a good way for you to try out different industries and job functions.

Mock Interview/Interview Workshops
Prepare for the interview process by attending a Career Services sponsored interviewing workshop, where you will hear about the interview process and learn tactics for excelling in a behavioral interview. Schedule a one-on-one mock interview with a career advisor to practice your interview skills. 

On-Campus Interviews (Recruiting)
Many of UR’s partner organizations conduct interviews for externships, internships, and full-time jobs on campus via Career Services. These opportunities are posted by the employers on SpiderConnect, where you will apply for the job, and if selected, schedule an interview.

Peer Academic Skills Tutoring Team
Opportunities are available to tutor UR students one-on-one in many subjects. As a tutor, you will assist students seeking help in developing course-specific study skills and techniques. Contact the Academic Skills Center to make a difference in the lives of UR students. 

Resume Review Workshops
UR Career Services holds workshops where you can learn about the basics of resume writing and get your resumes reviewed by peer advisors and career advisers.

Wellness 090 Career Exploration
Students who complete Career Exploration will: Learn about and practice using Career Services resources, in person and online; Develop self-awareness through use of personality and values assessment tools; Gain the skills necessary to create well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn the basics of using LinkedIn; Complete an informational interview with a professional working in an industry of interest; Develop strategies for considering and selecting a major(s).

Wellness 090 Life & Career After UR
Students who complete Life and Careers will: Learn about and practice using Career Services tools and resources, in person and online; Increase self-awareness through occupational and values assessment exercises; Obtain the skills necessary to create tailored, well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn strategies for maximizing use of LinkedIn to manage a professional network; Complete an out-of-class career development exercise relevant to career goals and needs.

Work at Summer Camp
Working as a counselor at a summer camp allows you to gain skills working with children in different age groups, and with differing skill levels. You will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills while gaining valuable experience.

Online Career Resources

American Federation of Teachers

Association for Experiential Education

American Association for Employment in Education

Bureau of Labor Statistics-Occupational Outlook Handbook

Chronicle of Higher Education

College Student Educators International (ACPA)

HigherEdJobs.com

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Education Association

NGS Movement: The Next Generation of Service

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NAPSA)

Southern Teachers Agency

Teach for America

Teach Virginia

Virginia Tech Career Services Comprehensive Virginia and Southeastern Education Job Fairs Calendar

Nonprofit

What is Non-Profit?

Careers in the nonprofit sector offer an opportunity to combine your work with your passions and to help improve society while you fulfill your professional goals. Nonprofit groups function on local, national, and global levels to address all sorts of issues, from health care and politics to social and religious issues. Many are set up like corporations with executive directors and chief financial officers, but the common denominator among them is that their bottom line is based on public service and not on profit. (Vault) 

Skill Set

You will need a passion for the organization’s cause along with skills that allow you to contribute to the success of the organization. This can include organizational skills, business knowledge, client relations experience, and strong written and oral communications experience. For many business roles within the non-profit field like accounting or finance, you will need functional specific education and/or experience.

Internships

Non-profit positions are as varied as the organizations that bring their services to the public. There are structured internship programs that exist at non-profit organizations for a variety of business functions (education, development, and marketing) with deadlines that may begin as early as mid-fall semester extending through late spring.

The best way to get your foot in the door and gain experience is to start as a volunteer. While this may not be labeled as an “internship,” this experiential opportunity is great hands on experience that will also give you knowledge on how a nonprofit organization operates. The Center for Civic Engagement can help you connect with opportunities to engage in the Richmond community. Nonprofits do offer internship programs for students, and there are many that may not have a formal program but are open to hosting a student intern if you’re able to contact them and create your own opportunity.

Entry Level Full-time Opportunities

Entry level positions in non-profit organizations include:

Community engagement

Program assistant

Accountant

Database coordinator

Research & policy analyst

Human resource assistant

Fundraising & grant writing

Volunteer coordinator

Technology coordinator

There are also many positions available in business departments like marketing, accounting, and human resources. 

Salary Expectations

Your salary may vary depending on the sector, the organization, the geographic region, and your role, skills, and experience level. Click here to view the National Association of Colleges and Employers salary resources. There is not much room for salary negotiation at the entry-point of any career path, and most organizations have benchmarked salaries with their competitors.  

Recruiting Timeline

Many organizations and departments typically do not have structured full-time recruiting programs, and positions become open as needed. In many situations you should apply directly via the organization's web site.

Networking is important in this field, so building your network and volunteering while looking for jobs in the non-profit field should begin as early as your freshman year and continue into senior year and the summer after you graduate.

Interviewing Process

The interviewing process typically begins with a behavioral screening interview. Additional interviews may be more function-specific, delving into your area of expertise. If you are interviewing for a business-related position, you may be asked questions specific to your area of business expertise. It is important that you prepare for all interviews.  UR Career Services can provide you with preparation tools and mock interviews to help you put your best foot forward in the interview process.

Campus Resources for a Career in the Non-Profit Industry

*Some resources have eligibility requirements.  Review program websites or contact the program directly for details.

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Explore

Center for Civic Engagement

X

X

X

X

Bonner Scholars

X

X

X

X

HandsOn Greater Richmond

X

X

X

X

Alumni Informational Interviews

X

X

X

X

Wellness 090: Career Exploration

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare

Resume Review Workshop

X

X

X

X

Mock Interview/Interview Workshop

X

X

X

X

Evening of Etiquette

X

X

X

Internship/Externship

X

X

X

Company Information Sessions

X

X

X

X

Wellness 090: Life & Career After UR

 

X

X

Connect

Spiders for the Common Good Road Trip

X

X

X

X

On-Campus Interviews

X

X

X

Government & Nonprofit Expo

X

X

X

X

UR Career Expos

X

X

X

X

Campus Resources for a Career in Nonprofit-Defined

Alumni Informational Interviews
Most UR alumni are willing to talk with you and share insights about their industry and career path via informational interviews.  After meeting alumni at career and networking events, you can reach out to them directly to schedule a 30 minute informational interview. You can also meet alumni via the Alumni Informational Interview Program.  The program is designed to invite a group of University of Richmond alumni to share the Richmond experience with applicants in target cities throughout the country.

Bonner Scholars
The BSP is a four-year commitment to sustained community engagement and social justice education. Typically, 25 students per class year are selected to be Bonner Scholars. Bonner Scholars are individually matched with local nonprofit organizations in the second semester of their first year, after they have had an opportunity to identify social issues they want to further explore. Some examples include youth development, public health, refugee and immigration services, and community development. Bonner Scholars commit to ten hours per week of community engagement. To complement direct service at community partner organizations, scholars attend training and educational opportunities on and off campus including lectures, workshops, and forums. In addition, all scholars take a course through the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, "Justice and Civil Society," during the second semester of their first year. The course explores the meaning and practice of justice in contemporary society.

Center for Civic Engagement
Forge long-lasting partnerships in which local organizations teach and learn alongside students and faculty, and benefit from shared resources and ideas. We connect our local partners with students and faculty in a variety of ways, from comprehensive neighborhood-based civic-engagement programs to issue-based initiatives, to even one-time volunteer opportunities for campus organizations looking to give back. And, we often call on community experts in their fields to join us for discussion and action around pressing social issues.

Company Information Sessions
Many of UR’s partner organizations provide Company Information Sessions on campus.  In these sessions, company representatives will provide an overview of their organization and describe internships and jobs for students and recent graduates.  These sessions are a great way for you to learn about a company, job function, and industry and allow you the opportunity to ask questions and network with professionals. 

Evening of Etiquette
Network with UR alumni to learn how to make a good impression during a business meal. Practice your networking skills as you learn to engage someone in conversation, and yes, even use the correct fork. 

HandsOn Greater Richmond
HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. They offer unique, fun, and flexible ways for you to get connected and involved. www.handsonrva.org

Government & Nonprofit Expo
The Office of Alumni and Career Services invites students and to attend the Government & Nonprofit Networking Reception and Expo in Washington, D.C. Students will have the opportunity to network with alumni living in Washington, D.C., who work in the Government and Nonprofit sectors. 

Internship/Externship
Internships are opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience in an occupation or profession of interest to you.  Internships are usually 8-10 week experiences during the summer of your junior year, and can be paid or unpaid.  Externships are often shorter term experiences during the summer of your sophomore year where you may be learning about an organization or industry.  Both experiences are a good way for you to try out different industries and job functions.

Mock Interview/Interview Workshops
Prepare for the interview process by attending a Career Services sponsored interviewing workshop, where you will hear about the interview process and learn tactics for excelling in a behavioral interview.  Schedule a one-on-one mock interview with a career advisor to practice your interview skills. 

On-Campus Interviews (Recruiting)
Many of UR’s partner organizations conduct interviews for externships, internships, and full-time jobs on campus via Career Services. These opportunities are posted by the employers on SpiderConnect, where you will apply for the job, and if selected, schedule an interview. 

Resume Review Workshops 
UR Career Services holds workshops where you can learn about the basics of resume writing and get your resumes reviewed by peer advisors and career advisers.

UR Career Expo
The Spider Career Expos allow students and alumni to connect with full-time and internship opportunities. Approximately 50 organizations and more than 300 students attend annually. The expos are open to students in all majors and class years.

Wellness 090 Career Exploration
Students who complete Career Exploration will:  Learn about and practice using Career Services resources, in person and online; Develop self-awareness through use of personality and values assessment tools; Gain the skills necessary to create well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn the basics of using LinkedIn; Complete an informational interview with a professional working in an industry of interest; Develop strategies for considering and selecting a major(s).

Wellness 090 Life & Career After UR
Students who complete Life and Careers will: Learn about and practice using Career Services tools and resources, in person and online; Increase self-awareness through occupational and values assessment exercises; Obtain the skills necessary to create tailored, well-written resumes and cover letters; Learn strategies for maximizing use of LinkedIn to manage a professional network; Complete an out-of-class career development exercise relevant to career goals and needs.

Online Career Resources

Careers For Good

Commongood Careers

ConnectVA

GuideStar

Idealist.Org

NonProfitJobs.org 

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Nonprofit Oyster

PublicServiceCareers.org

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The NonProfit Times

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