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Find everything you need to get your job search in the creative industries kickstarted through the DEMAN community.

Scroll down for resume examples, networking tips, and a comprehensive list of job search platforms for creative industries. We also offer a list of reading and listening materials if you want to learn more about what it is like working in several different creative industries.

General Job Search Platforms

Duke Career Center

Discovering your career path is about more than simply finding a job or internship. It’s about finding your own unique path, and the Career Center is here to partner with you on your exploration and search.


As a general job search engine, Indeed posts over 600,000 jobs a week.


WayUp is the industry leader for college students and recent grads to get hired.


Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.
With more than 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, and Spanish ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.


LinkedIn isn’t just for networking purposes—use this site to look for jobs and internships as well!


Read reviews on over 600,000 companies worldwide with this general job search engine.

Duke Alumni Job Board

These are jobs/internships for Duke alumni and students, posted exclusively by Duke alumni, parents and friends.



Industry Specific Job Search Platforms

Alliance of Artist Communities

A consortium of artists’ communities which offer residencies in all disciplines.


THE publication from the Theatre Communication Group for full-time, part-time, seasonal, year-round and internship opportunities in the performing arts. Requires a paid subscription.

Actor’s Fund

This amazing resource offers a wealth of information for actors, dancers, musicians, producers, directors, carpenters, stagehands, singers and others in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

American Alliance for Theatre Education

The mission of AATE is to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education, connecting artists, educators, researchers, and scholars with each other, and by providing opportunities for our membership to learn, exchange, expand and diversify their work, the audience and their perspectives.

Backstage Jobs

Free job listing service for all behind-the scenes jobs in the live entertainment industry.

The Blacklist

Celebrating the art and craft of screenwriting, film history, and beyond.

Entertainment Careers

Jobs, internships, and career information in the entertainment industry.



Hollywood Actors Network

Jobs for actors, singers, and dancers posted for a variety of locales. Again, not a practical way to land an audition, but useful in examining what the performing arts scene looks like.


Connects people with job, volunteer, and action opportunities posted by 90,000 organizations around the world.

League of Resident Theatres

LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the US. This site links to 74 member theatres in every major market. LORT also maintains collective bargaining agreements for actors, directors, choreographers, and designers.

Music Business Jobs

Listing of music industry jobs as well as podcasts and searchable events.

National Performance Network

NPN brings to national attention some of the most exciting and stimulating new work in dance, theater, music, and multidisciplinary art being created across the United States through both direct and indirect support to touring artists.

New Dramatists

New Dramatists is a unique resource for the American Theatre. The company is dedicated to the playwright and serves as an artistic home, theatre research and development center, and writers colony for the national theatre just a few steps from Broadway. The company finds and nurtures new talent through a competitive, membership selection process and a seven-year playwright development program.

Playbill Online

This site claims to be “THE Source on the Web for Broadway Theater Information.” And it lives up to its name, providing a wealth of information for both theatre goers and professionals. Check out their “Casting and Jobs” section which is divided into the following categories: performer, technical, design, administrative, academic, and the mysterious “other”.

Showbiz Jobs

Search engine for all types of jobs in the entertainment industry.

Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. Job Contact Service

Search for full-time and/or summer employment in theatre, including technical, academic positions and administration/management.

The Playwrights Center

An incubator of new work for the stage, and the nation’s most powerful resource for playwrights.

Theater Mania

Guide to finding discount theatre tickets for most theatres in the US.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

The Association of Design, Production, and Technology Professionals in the Performing Arts and Entertainment industry.

Creative Industry Organizations

Actors’ Equity Association

The Actors’ Equity Association is the labor union representing over 40,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre. Equity’s website contains information about the union and its various departments, programs, and contracts, industry-related news, and casting notices.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Excellent site for those interested in arts administration positions in the performing arts. Includes a job bank.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education is an organization of individuals and institutions that provides vision and leadership for the profession and promotes excellence in theatre education. ATHE actively supports scholarship through teaching, research and practice and serves as a collective voice for its mission through its publications, conferences, advocacy, projects, and through collaborative efforts with other organizations.

Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of America

Professional organization with a variety of helpful resources and links.

NBCUniversal Page Program

“The premier early career experience in media” for recent grads interested in this industry.



Screen Actors Guild

The primary role of Screen Actors Guild concerns the members’ wages and working conditions, on their jobs, most Guild resources are spent on enforcing the contracts under which the members work. However, their web site has a terrific links page.

Theatre Communications Group

The national organization for the American theatre with over 440 member theatres offers a wide array of services.

University/Resident Theatre Association

The University/Resident Theatre Association is the country’s oldest and largest consortium of professional theatre training graduate programs and associated professional theatre companies.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

The Association of Design, Production, and Technology Professionals in the Performing Arts and Entertainment industry.