Be Treated as a Professional as You Become One
College of Visual and Performing Arts programs create artistic professionals ready to work upon graduation.
When you leave our stage for a new one, you won't enter the job market unprepared. As a student, you'll get real-world training that will impress future employers.
From master classes to internships, portfolio and audition training to off-campus work partnerships and entrepreneurship-based courses, you'll have access to experiences that will make your résumé sing. Students who take advantage of these opportunities discover they're qualified for many fulfilling careers, whether they follow a traditional path or blaze their own trails.
We encourage all CVPA students to ask, "Did I make my education count for me?"
Arts Management major and rising senior Alexandra “Ali” Coburn loves working on and off the stage. In 2023, she was needing to complete volunteer hours for the Intro to Arts Management course and Erin Feng, the executive director of Capital City Symphony offered her an internship. Coburn’s responsibilities include creating content for their social media pages, various writing assignments, and designing their quarterly newsletter. Coburn designed the company’s first newsletter in five years. Read more about Ali's experience.
Arts, Media, and Design Internship and Career Fair
CVPA’s annual Arts, Media, and Design Internship and Career Fair offers a special opportunity for CVPA students and alumni to network with the top arts, entertainment and media employers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. This expo-style event held each February is attended by recruiters from the top non-profit and for-profit arts, design, and media employers in DC, MD and VA. Previous years' recruiters have included:
- Ford's Theatre
- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Torpedo Factory Art Center
- Voice of America
- Round House Theatre
- Joy of Motion Dance Center
- Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
- the American Film Institute
- Shakespeare Theatre Company
The event also includes a series of presentations and Q&A sessions on special topics related to professional development in the visual and performing arts. Past sessions have included sessions on crowdfunding and how to apply visual and performing arts degrees in sectors outside of the arts.
Internship and Career Resources
No matter which field you're in, Mason and CVPA can provide guidance towards the perfect career path. Explore some of the organizations and services we have on campus that can help you get the experience you need, or discover exciting opportunities:
- Mason Community Arts Academy
- Arts Careers and Internships
- Mason Exhibitions
- Provisions Research Center for Arts Social Change
Find more information about available internships and career options through our programs' websites: