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Arts and Culture Career Fair in Chicago, Feb. 21


These are the employers that many of you would likr to see at a campus career fair here in Champaign-Urbana. They want to meet you and hire you, but unlike a lot of larger (and mostly for-profit) organizations they don’t have dedicated recruiting staff who can take the time to travel downstate to meet students — but they can send staff to an afternoon event locally.


The Arts and Culture Career Fair in Chicago takes place Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 3pm at the Student Center East (750 S. Halsted) in Chicago.

You may be in the same situation — unable to afford a Friday away from your other commitments — so we’ve included web links. If you can’t come to the fair, but want to follow up on some of these opportunities, don’t hesitate to reach out to employers online! But if you can make it, the fair will give you space for in-depth and personal conversations with potential employers and networking contacts.

Transportation is available. Stop by the HPRC or contact kwilcox@illinois.edu to reserve a seat. The bus is free BUT a deposit of $20 is required to secure your seat (you’ll get the money back when you board the bus).

Here are the employers who will be attending (and here’s the same list in a PDF — ARTS AND CULTURE CAREER FAIR (list of employers):

826CHI – Chicago IL 

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Summer Internships – General Admin, Education, and PR/Events

Adventure Stage Chicago – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: theatre, communications, business, marketing

  • Positions: Marketing Intern; Front of House (part-time); Jr AmeriCorps (full-time summer)

Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: Art, Art History

  • Positions: Summer Internships

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo – Brookfield IL

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: full time/part time

Fox 32 Chicago – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: TV, Film, Journalism

  • Positions: variety of positions/stop at table

Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Chicago IL 

  • Desired Majors: dance, theater, music

  • Positions: professional ballroom dance instructor, both part-time and full-time

Goodman Theatre – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: Drama, Publicity, Marketing, Arts and Non-Profit Administration and Management

  • Positions: Internships

Green Star Movement – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Internships for Spring and Summer terms (May-August)

Hornblower Cruises and Events – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: open

  • Positions: Front of House Rotational Restaurant Internship; will also be able do shadows and workshop opportunities with our various departments. Entertainment being one of those opportunities.

Illinois Humanities – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: Master students in Museum Studies; Art History; Literature; History; Philosophy; Academic/Creative Writing

  • Positions: part-time jobs, internships

League of Chicago Theatres – Chicago IL  

  • Desired Majors: Theatre, Performing Arts, Communication, Marketing, Arts Administration

  • Positions: Communications & Outreach Internship (Summer)

Live Nation Entertainment – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Production Runner, Production Assistant, Catering Runner, Catering Assistant, Hospitality Coordinator

Lyric Opera of Chicago – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: Marketing, Business, Arts

  • Positions: 2020 Summer Internships

Merit School of Music – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: open/stop at table

Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Internships, possibly part-time positions

Music Garage – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: Business, Music Business (if applicable), Communications, etc. Open to all though!

  • Positions: Internship

North Star Camp – Hayward WI  

  • Desired Majors: Media, Radio-TV-Film, Fine arts, Education

  • Positions: Photographer, Videographer, Arts instructor, Camp Counselor

Ravinia Festival – Highland Park IL   https://www.ravinia.org/

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Production Assistant (Full-Time/Temp, Internship Credit Available), Classical Coordinator (Full-Time/Temp), Assistant Production Coordinator (Full-Time/Temp)

Ravinia’s Stearns Music Institute – Highland Park IL   https://www.ravinia.org/Page/Steans

  • Desired Majors: Any: may appeal particularly to Music, Music Business, Music Education, and Arts Administration.

  • Positions: RSMI Production Assistant (internship, full-time seasonal)

Read/Write Library – Chicago IL   https://readwritelibrary.org

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Internship

Shedd Aquarium – Chicago IL www.sheddaquarium.org

  • Desired Majors: all majors

  • Positions: Part-time internships and volunteer opportunities

Victory Gardens Theater – Chicago IL  https://victorygardens.org/

  • Desired Majors: Theater, Arts Management, Music, and Marketing

  • Positions: Unpaid Internships in Marketing, Education, Casting & Producing, Fundraising & Events, and Literary, Departments

Working in Concert (formerly Bellissima Opera) – Chicago IL

  • Desired Majors: arts admin, music, theatre, design, media, communications, library science.

  • Positions: internship for administration, marketing, graphic design, social media, event planning