An efficient way to begin your job search is to have an up-to-date professional package ready to go. This may include a resume, cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and artist bio and statement. Helpful guides for creating these documents, as well as information for where to find on-campus and off-campus jobs are provided below.



Student Employment at CalArts 

Check out the Internal Student Job Board for available work-study and non work-study employment opportunities.

Important information regarding student employment:

  • Hourly wages are at least the federal minimum wage but may be higher, depending on the position. Minimum wage is $11.00 per hour.
  • Work-study students must complete timesheets on time and accurately for each pay period before they will be paid. 
  • Students are paid every other week and paychecks may be picked up at the Cashier's Office.
  • During regular academic semesters, domestic students may work a maximum of 8 hours a day and 25 hours per week.
  • International students may work up to 20 hours a week.
  • During breaks, students may work a maximum of 8 hours a day and up to 40 hours per week.

Student Job Descriptions

  • Administrative – Provide general administrative support for a CalArts faculty member, academic or administrative office, or class, including answering phones and email, filing, assistance with communications and mailings, and other duties as assigned.
  • Non-Technical Support – Serve as drivers, responsible for equipment maintenance or room maintenance.
  • Technical – Provide technical support that requires technical knowledge for cameras, labs, lighting, installations, and production.
  • Instruction – Serve as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, student tutors, and researchers.
  • Community Arts Partnership – a variety of positions are available with the Community Arts Partnership, a co-curricular program of CalArts that offers free, after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 6-18 in every discipline taught at CalArts. Programs are offered at public schools, community centers and social service agencies, covering a thousand square mile radius across Los Angeles County.

More information regarding federal work-study and student employment can be found under Financial Aid


External Job Boards

  • CommonSpace - CalArts’ exclusive job board for current students and alumnx
  • Arts for LA - Los Angeles Metier inclusive Job Board
  • Art Search - Nationwide Metier inclusive Job Board
  • Artstie - Nationwide Metier inclusive Job Board
  • Creative Circle - Advertising, Marketing, Digital and Interactive Full-time and Freelance Job Search
  • Artisan Creative - Digital, creative, and marketing recruitment
  • LA Culture Net - Los Angeles County Arts Commission Listserv
  • Media Match - crewing and networking resources for the Film & TV industry
  • NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • The Art Career Project - Worldwide Metier inclusive Job Board
  • Working Not Working - Creatives Job Placement and Networking