- Are you a storyteller?
- Is creative self-expression fundamental to who you are?
- Do you enjoy learning about human behavior and/or culture?
- Do you want to use your creative, artistic, or social skills to instigate change in the world?
If your eyes lit up while reading any of these questions, then you might be a great match for the Arts, Media, and Communications (AMC) Career Community, which helps students design meaningful careers in fields as divergent as the performing, written, and visual arts; film; journalism; marketing; advertising; and more.
Launched in the spring of 2018, the AMC Career Community offers an innovative approach to career development. Beyond a series of jobs one holds over the course of a lifetime, a career is a blend of one's professional, personal, and civic aspirations. The AMC Career Community, as part of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, empowers students to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose, transforming their undergraduate experience into a fulfilling lifelong career. The AMC Career Community builds on the world-class liberal arts foundation at Grinnell to give students who are interested in AMC-related fields a competitive edge in their professional development, building field-specific knowledge and enhancing professional and job-seeking skills.
Have a combination of interests and talents? Students are also encouraged to build collaborations between the CLS's Career Communities. Possible intersections include jobs in science writing or illustration (AMC + STEM), art therapy (AMC + Health), and arts administration (AMC + Business and Finance).
The Arts, Media, and Communications Career Community provides opportunities including:
- One-on-one, student-centered advising from a community director with professional experience in the arts, media, and communications
- AMC-specific treks and site visits across the country
- AMC-related speaker events, symposia, film screenings, and panels
- Industry exploration and skill-building workshops, including sessions on creating a professional website, working your major, professional networking, and more
- Experiential learning opportunities, including portfolio development, internships, and externships
- Access to professional networks of experienced alumni and potential employers
Want to take an active role in shaping the course of the AMC Career Community? Every year, students can apply to become community leaders. These students — who can represent any of the AMC fields — work with and advise the community director as she develops and implements meaningful work-related experiences, both on-campus and off, for students and early career alumni. Student leaders get added perks, such as a guaranteed spot on treks they help plan, exclusive opportunities with visiting AMC speakers, and advanced mentoring.
Additional information about the Arts, Media and Communications Career Community is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required).