Do you ever wonder how your friends get cool internships and jobs in film, television, theatres, museums, and the music industry?

Do you ever catch yourself thinking, “How do people break into those awesome careers in the arts and entertainment industry?  What do they have that I don’t have?”

The answer to your question: Nothing but some good connections and a little insider know-how.

The Careers in Arts and Entertainment Panel will feature professionals with extensive expertise in this fascinating field, and students will have the chance to network with these professionals.

So whether you’re a student in the College of Music and Fine Arts and an arts aficionado, or you’re a history major who has always wanted to try working in the film industry, the Careers In Arts and Entertainment Panel has something for you!

Featuring arts and entertainment professionals from:

  • Contemporary Arts Center (Associate Director- non-profit visual arts museum/performance venue)
  • Southern Rep Theatre (Managing Director- non-profit live theatre)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (Director of Education- non-profit orchestra; private lesson teacher; professional performer)
  • TV and film costume design industry (Costume Designer for various TV and film productions- current costume supervisor on the major motion picture “Contraband” starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale)
  • Moderated by Music Marketing Professor Billy O’Connell

Thurs., Feb. 17
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Audubon Rm., Danna Ctr.

Meet arts and entertainment professionals and learn:

  • What careers in the exciting field of arts and entertainment really entail.
  • How to get started in this career path.
  • What degrees are necessary.
  • And so much more.
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Want to make the best impression possible on potential employers?  Here are some tips:

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King cake, parades, brass bands, and career fair . . . it must be Mardi Gras season in New Orleans!  Are you ready?


Employers from New Orleans and across the country are coming to this fair for one purpose – to hire college students. Many are hiring for their internship programs; others are looking for college seniors to hire for full-time positions. These employers want students from ALL majors. And they are looking to hire you!

Wednesday, February 23
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel
Grande Ballroom, 1st Floor


If you’ve never been to a career fair or you have gone to one, but just didn’t feel comfortable, learn some important tips on career fair success at:

Career Fair Preparation Workshop
Tuesday, February 15: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Multimedia room 2, Monroe Library

  • Learn how to research the employers
  • Get tips on approaching employers
  • Find out what to wear and what to bring

We’ll help you go to the fair with confidence.


Is your resume polished and professional? Your resume is critical to your success at the MGI Career Fair.  Career coaches will be available for extra walk-in sessions the two-days prior to the fair to help you put the final touches on your resume or even guide you through the drafting process, if you don’t have one.  Rapid Resume Reviews will be held:

Monday, February 21: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are an early planner, you may arrange an individual resume appointment with a CDC coach or come by during our normal walk-in hours every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Find out what organizations are coming and the positions they are hiring.  Just remember, we add new employers up to the day of the fair. 

  • Know who you want to talk to before you show up
  • Surprise yourself with employers you never thought about
  • Know about the organizations you’re interested in; it impresses recruiters and helps you know if the organization is right for you.


Prepare an introduction that highlights your knowledge and skills. Knowing what you want to say to recruiters helps ease anxiety and helps you feel more confident as you approach potential employers.


Bring several copies of your resume to give to employers. These should be on good quality, white or cream resume paper.  Pay attention to the placement of the watermark in the paper; it should be in the same direction as the type in your resume – yes, recruiters look at this level of detail.

Carry these resumes in a nice folder or, better yet, a padfolio that also holds a pen, notes on employers, and paper to take notes. Don’t be discouraged, however, if employers direct you to their website and tell you to upload your resume there.


Professional dress is critical! An employer’s first impression of you can mean the difference between getting an interview and getting your resume tossed. If you don’t own a suit, try to borrow one that fits well.  If that is not an option, put together an outfit that comes as close as possible to a suit. Guys, this could be nice dress slacks freshly pressed with a belt, starched shirt, silk tie, and polished shoes.  Women, business casual looks such as a nice skirt or slacks, attractive blouse or sweater that fits well and doesn’t show too much skin, modest shoes, low-key accessories, and natural make up could suffice.

Most of all, come to the fair.  Talking to recruiting professionals is an excellent experience, even if you don’t find the job of your dreams.  You never know where the connections may lead.

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When you have a piece of meat or a vegetarian main dish, cut three bite-size pieces at a time.  Do not cut up the entire main dish at once, like your mother used to do for you when you were still sitting on a phone book to reach the table.

Some people will say only cut and eat one piece at a time.  WhatEVER!  Uh…I mean, that would be fine.

If you are eating American style, set your knife down horizontally across the top of your plate and switch your fork to your right hand (lefties, flip your fork over) and scoop up the pieces of meat, one at a time.  If you are eating Continental or European style, keep your fork in your left hand and spear the pieces of meat, one at a time, with your fork tines down.

Courtesy of Culture and Manners Institute

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Be loyal to your boss.  Speak well of your superior to others and support his or her initiatives.  Your job is not only to advance your own career, but also to make your superior look good. 

Seek out supervisors and mentors who are ethical, that you will be proud to support. Never do anything illegal or unethical for your superior, because you will be held accountable.

Courtesy of Culture and Manners Institute

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Electronic job boards are convenient resources to use when looking for an internship; however, as when used with regular job searches, they don’t always represent the best or all opportunities that are available.  Often, it is up to you to find the positions and, sometimes, create the positions.  Other places to look for internships are:


This spring the seven universities in the New Orleans region will participate in the Mardi Gras Invitational (MGI) Career Fair on February 23.  Many of the employers that participate are looking for interns.  Put on your interview suit, bring copies of your resume, catch the free shuttle, and come discover what’s waiting at the Superdome for you.  Also, search the Internet for other career fairs in targeted cities around the country.  Don’t forget to use the CDC’s resource Going Global to help with this.


Visit the career pages of companies and non-profits’ websites to look for opportunities.  While there, read through the news section of the website.  Look for new trends, business strategies, product lines, and the people who are heading up those activities.  Send that person a cover letter and resume, and follow-up.


Do you belong to any student organizations? Visit the websites for internship opportunities.  Have you joined any professional organizations off campus?  A lot of these organizations have student memberships and welcome young people.  Once you join, volunteer for committees, go to the meetings, and network. Let them know you are interested in internships.


Research contacts at several companies and organizations where you would like to work and write targeted cover letters asking for a meeting to discuss internship opportunities with them.  Follow up phone calls are imperative with this tactic.


Ask your friends where they did their internships.  Talk about your search with family, friends, professors, former employers, and anyone you come into contact with.  More jobs are found through networking than any other source.


Make an appointment with your career coach in the Career Development Center.  We can help you walk through the different avenues of searching for an internship.

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Learn some tips on how to get the most out of your internship:

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In part one of this Guide to Finding Internships, the focus was primarily on preparing for the search and learning about the Career Development Center’s job management system, EMPLOYOLA.  That’s just one of many resources we offer through our website that supports your internship search.  Here are a few others to consider:


Go to the Career Development Center’s webpage at and click on CareerInsider.  Use this wonderful e-library to download The Vault Guide to Top Internships, an e-book listing information on the most popular and interesting internships in the U.S.A. with inside scoop, deadlines, and applications tips. You can also research more than 50 career paths, 40 industries, and 2500 employers. If you want a nationally prestigious internship, this should be your bible.


This resource lists valuable information on more than 45 American and Canadian cities and 35 countries, including job and internship information and information on top employers, networking groups, visas, cost of living, and job seeking tips.


In the FIND JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS section of our website is a page that lists numerous internship job boards  Some of our favorites are:

A reminder about the power of EMPLOYOLA, we send internship and job alerts through Twitter and Facebook.  Follow us @EMPLOYola_Surge and like us at

Since only about eight percent of jobs are found through job boards, the next blog in this series will focus on other tactics you can use to find your internship.  Check back next week to learn more.

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Questions to expect at an interview:

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The season’s getting close.  Not Thanksgiving and Christmas season, but internship searching season.  Spring internships are starting to get filled already and the competitive summer internships’ deadlines are just around the corner.  Are you ready?

Finding an internship takes time, preparation, strategy, and persistence.    To be successful, you need to be deliberate about your search.   Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get the process started:

  • Is my resume up to date, focused, and professional?
  • What are my financial considerations for the summer?  Do I have external financial support or will I need to make money?
  • Where do I want to live after graduation?
  • In what industry do I want to work?
  • At what companies would I like to start my career?
  • What kinds of experiences do I need to make me more marketable upon graduation?
  • Who do I need to add to my network?

Now that you’ve answered these questions, where can you find the opportunities?  The Career Development Center can help direct you to sources and help you explore possibilities.  Make an appointment with your career coach or start on your own with EMPLOYOLA.


EMPLOYOLA, which is found at, is Loyola’s e-job board.  Sign into your account, complete several job searches, and save each one as a job agent.  EMPLOYOLA will send you an email whenever internships with your search criteria are added to the system.

Visit here next week to learn about more resources.

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