Creative Arts Student Team (CAST)

Become a part of the Duke Arts staff and work to increase brand awareness with on- and off-campus audiences and help coordinate logistics for our programs and major initiatives.

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The Creative Arts Student Team (CAST) integrates current Duke undergraduate and graduate students into the Duke Arts administrative team for a full semester. CAST collaborates with the Duke Arts staff to increase brand awareness with on- and off-campus audiences and helps coordinate logistics for Duke Arts programs and major initiatives, including Duke Arts Create and Duke Arts Presents (formerly Duke Performances).

CAST members are paid $16.50/hour and are expected to work an average of 6 hours/week for the entirety of the fall semester (late August through December). There will be a possibility of renewal for the spring semester, and new CAST positions may be made available at that time. Members report to the Student Engagement Coordinator. Participation in the CAST program may meet the internship requirements for the Museum Theory and Practice Concentration in AAHVS as well as Experiential Learning requirements in the I&E Certificate.

CAST applications will open soon for the Fall 2024 semester and will be posted here and on JobX.

Past CAST Positions

CAST Captain

1.5 year-long commitment preferred
The CAST Captain serves as the team lead for the CAST. As the CAST captain you will interface between Duke Arts staff and the CAST cohort, helping to develop the CAST scope of work for the academic year and manage fellow team members through their assigned projects. You are the lead in ensuring CASTs stay on top of their projects (as well as some administrative responsibilities like reminding students to turn in timecards). You will participate in weekly Duke Arts meetings and help shape the CAST program as it continues to grow. You will manage any shared CAST projects and continually advocate that the student perspective is kept top of mind as arts programs are developed and marketed. The CAST captain will work closely with the Duke Arts Student Engagement Coordinator and will have a voice in developing the Duke Arts strategy towards student engagement.

General tasks:
  • Manage project/content timelines and schedules for the CAST team
  • Administrative responsibilities: remind CAST about deadlines, handle email, Teams, and Airtable communication, schedule meetings
  • Attending various arts-related meetings with staff
  • Helping CAST members create project timelines
  • Develop the annual CAST directory (see example here), which positions CAST members as resources for current and prospective arts interested students
  • Assist with recruiting new CAST members in the spring and recruit and train next
    CAST Captain
Preferred Skillsets and Background:
  • Prior executive position with a Duke student organization or comparable administrative experience
  • Excellent organizational and time-management abilities
  • Strong arts interest/background/experience either on or off campus

Student Affinity Group Engagement Coordinator

As the Student Affinity Group Engagement Coordinator, you will provide support in identifying and inviting relevant Duke student groups, faculty departments, and Durham-based community organizations to corresponding DukeCreate workshops and Duke Arts’ programming, events, and exhibitions. You will support the Student Engagement Manager and the Director of Marketing and Communications in finding an interested and engaged audience for the wide variety of programming that Duke Arts organizes and sponsors.

This role is excellent for students with a wide range of interests in and out of the arts and is excited about cultivating partnerships between the numerous programs and Departments at Duke and in the Durham community.

General Tasks:
  • Assist in student ambassador outreach and marketing of DukeCreate and Duke Arts’ programming with student organizations, academic departments, and Durham community organizations
  • Assist in curricular and co-curricular outreach with DukeCreate and Duke Arts’ programming partners throughout the year, including designing and sending targeted emails and surveys
Preferred skill sets and background:
  • Experience with arts organizations/student groups on- or off-campus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable cold calling and emailing

Programming Coordinator

As the Programming Coordinator, you will provide a variety of programming support for Duke Arts’ signature initiatives, with a focus on supporting the Duke Arts Programming team. You will help coordinate artist selection,

advancing preparation for artist arrival, providing hospitality and guidance for artists while on campus, and supporting the Programming staff. This position will also convene a student programming committee, regularly meeting to develop ideas and projects for future Duke Arts performances and installations.

This role is excellent for students looking to grow their experience in programming and working across varying sides of large and small scale program development or are interested in various careers in creative industries.

General tasks:
  • Design and execute programming efforts in support of Duke Arts Programming.
Preferred skill sets and background:
  • Experience with arts organizations/student groups on- or off-campus
  • Experience with coordinating logistics for in-person and virtual arts events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Artist Residency Support

As Artist Residency Support Intern, you will work closely with Duke Arts staff, Duke faculty, and Durham-based organizations to facilitate campus and community engagement events featuring our visiting artists. These include visits to Duke and Durham Public Schools classes, public conversations, post-show Q&As, master classes, and workshops. You will be responsible for attending and assisting with the management of select events throughout the semester; coordinating artist schedules; drafting basic copy for Duke Arts’ website; helping to manage social media accounts; collecting survey data; and gathering media and other documentation for grants that support Duke Arts’ artist residency programs.

General tasks:
  • Liaise with staff, artists, and faculty to coordinate engagement events
  • Attend events, and introduce artists to campus and community audiences
  • Learn WordPress
  • Learn email marketing software
Preferred skill sets and background:
  • Strong interest in the performing arts (spanning music, theater, and dance)
  • Experience with social media
  • Experience or awareness of art and cultural events on and off campus
  • Prior experience on arts groups on or off campus

Writer / Content Creator

As a content creator for Duke Arts, you will help increase arts awareness and exposure at Duke by writing about the arts at Duke. Common practice will include covering on and off-campus events, and interviewing students, visiting artists, community members, faculty, alumni and other individuals engaged in the arts to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities and inspiring pathways into creative fields.

You will be responsible for pitching and completing 4–5 online feature stories each semester. You’ll receive training on successful interview techniques, record your conversation and submit it for transcription, edit the conversation into a draft for approval by Duke Arts and the interviewee. You’ll also prepare the piece for publication by laying it out online (WordPress), collecting supporting images, and taking portraits of your

interviewees as needed. You will work cross-functionally with the social media CASTs to ensure interviews are posted on social media.

Content creators will work with the Duke Arts marketing & communications team to brainstorm news items and to invite student artists and organizations to contribute to the weekly Duke Arts newsletter and social media channels.

General tasks:
  • Interview subjects and attend events to write stories
  • Pitch and complete (from idea to final online piece) at least two stories a semester
  • Learn to use workplace communication tools
  • Learn WordPress
Preferred skill sets and background:
  • Comfortable with conducting interviews for articles and stories
  • Experience with or awareness of art and cultural events on and off campus
  • Excellent writing and editing abilities
  • Ability to manage self-directed schedule

*Within your cover letter, please send 1–2 hypothetical story pitches you think would be good for the coming semester. Pitches can just consist of a short paragraph of three sentences. (1) what the story is about, (2) who you might need to talk to, and (3) why it would be interesting.

Social Media Coordinator

As the Social Media Coordinator for Duke Arts, your role will be to help manage, engage and grow the Duke Arts social media presence for the accounts listed below. Using Duke Arts social media goals and guidelines as a roadmap, you will be responsible for posting to our social channels on a regular basis. You will also be encouraged to pitch new ideas for campaigns that engage and/or grow followers and collaborate with campus and local social media influencers.

The Social Media Coordinator should have an ear for arts happenings on and off campus, always be on the eye for worthy content to reshare and be diligent in utilizing all features of social media to engage the community. In this role, you will work closely with the Duke Arts marketing & communications team and will have a voice in developing the Duke Arts strategy on social media.

General Tasks:
  • Post regularly on Duke Arts’ social media accounts (@DukeArts, @DukeCreate & @DukePerformances)
  • Source content from different Duke-related social media accounts
  • Engage followers through comments and IG stories
  • Collaborate with the Duke Arts staff to continually improve social strategy and find engaging content to share
  • Take initiative and create engaging social media strategy
  • Learn to use workplace communications tools
  • Track social media engagement and report out to Duke team with recommendations based on data
Preferred Skill Sets and Background:
  • Experience using Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Facebook
  • Demonstrated interest in how online engagement can further broader goals
  • Some experience with content creation tools like Canva
  • Some social media experience in prior student groups
  • Interest in marketing metrics and social media

Digital Content Creator and Coordinator

As a Digital Content Creator and Coordinator for Duke Arts, you will be responsible for photographing and filming original assets and collecting and organizing external materials for the promotion on Duke Arts initiatives. You will also be responsible for editing, resizing and tracking visual assets. You will work closely with the Duke Arts team and your fellow CAST members to bring marketing and digital strategies to life visually.

General Tasks:
  • Produce and collect digital assets to support Duke Arts programs, events, and social media campaigns
  • Collaborate with the Duke Arts staff and Social Media Coordinator CAST to assess design strategies, goals, and best practices for visual media use
  • Act as a brand ambassador, ensuring consistency of style across the organization
  • Learn to use workplace communication tools
Preferred skill sets and background:
  • Photography and videography experience
  • Some experience editing across multiple mediums including digital, print, video, animations, etc.
  • Some experience with Adobe Creative Cloud and/or Canva
  • Eager to work in a team environment, and able to adjust to shifting priorities