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Become a CAST Member

Help us grow a culture for art at Duke and gain professional experience and behind-the-scenes access to the Rubenstein Arts Center!

The Office for the Vice Provost of the Arts (Duke Arts) is seeking four undergraduate students to support the growth of Duke Arts and the Rubenstein Arts Center through programming, social media strategy, content development, and design. As a Creative Arts Student Team (CAST) member, you will collaborate with the Duke Arts staff to increase brand awareness with on- and off-campus audiences and help coordinate logistics for our programs and major initiatives including DukeCreate, DEMAN, and StudioDuke.

CAST members are paid $12.50/hour and are expected to work an average of 6 hours/week for the entirety of the Fall 2021 semester (mid-September through early December). There will be a possibility of renewal for the Spring 2022 semester. Members will begin operating remotely and report to the Arts Administration Fellow. 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.

Fall 2021 Job Descriptions

Writer / Content Creator

As a content creator for Duke Arts, you will help increase arts awareness and exposure at Duke by 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.

We are also looking for content creators to invite a variety of student artists and organizations to contribute to the new weekly Duke Arts newsletter.

General tasks:

  • Interview subjects and attending events to write stories
  • Pitch and complete (from idea to final online piece) at least two stories a semester
  • Willingness to learn work-place communication tools
  • Willingness to 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 social media influencers (like @dukestudents and @dukealumni).

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 also have the opportunity to advise Duke staff members on social media best practices.

General tasks:

  • Post regularly on Duke Arts’ social media accounts (@DukeArts, @DukeCreate & @DukeDEMAN)
  • 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
  • Willingness to take initiative and create engaging social media strategy

Preferred skill sets and background:

  • Experience using Instagram, Twitter, & 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

Multimedia/Graphic Design Content Creator

As a Multimedia/Graphic Design Content Creator for Duke Arts, you will be responsible for conceptualizing, strategizing, and designing assets that support Duke Arts’ goal of increasing arts visibility and awareness among the Duke community. You will work closely with the Duke Arts team and your fellow CAST members to bring marketing and digital strategies to life visually.

Most of your design work will be for online platforms — including social media, newsletters, and Duke Arts’ website (arts.duke.edu) and program pages (DEMAN, DukeCreate) — and will advance the office’s activities, programs, major initiatives, and projects.

General tasks:

  • Design 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
  • Act as a brand ambassador, ensuring consistency of style across the organization
  • Willingness to learn work-place communication tools

Preferred skill sets and background:

  • Experience designing digital assets for social media and other online platforms
  • Some experience designing across multiple mediums including digital, print, video, animations, etc.
  • Some experience with Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Eager to work in a team environment, and able to adjust to shifting priorities

Programming Coordinator

As the Programming Coordinator, you will provide a variety of programming support for Duke Arts’ signature initiatives, with a focus on supporting DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network), StudioDuke, and DukeCreate. You will help coordinate logistics, marketing, and content creation for events (in-person and virtual), resources, and opportunities.

This role is excellent for students looking to grow their experience in marketing, 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 and marketing strategies in support of DEMAN, StudioDuke and DukeCreate
  • Assist in student ambassador outreach and marketing of DEMAN and DukeCreate with student organizations
  • Assist in curricular and co-curricular outreach with DEMAN and DukeCreate partners throughout the year, including designing and sending targeted emails and surveys for feedback
  • Conduct interviews with alumni for the “Who is DEMAN” series on the DEMAN Lounge

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
  • Some experience designing across multiple mediums including digital, print, video, animations, etc.
  • Some experience with Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nina Wilder (Arts Administration Fellow, Duke Arts) at nina.wilder@duke.edu by Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 11:59pm.

In your cover letter, please include the position you are applying for and thoughtfully describe:

  • Relevant academic and professional experience
  • Your creative interests
  • The student groups/activities you will be involved in during the Fall 2021 semester
  • Your experience with Duke Arts programming
  • How the CAST program relates to your professional goals.

Additionally, when submitting your application, provide the name and contact information for one professional reference. This can include faculty/staff you have worked closely with in the past. Please request permission from this person to be listed as a reference before applying.

 

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