Arts, Design, Fashion, and Entertainment

Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

A career in the arts often requires you to have a creative resume tailored to the job you are interested in. This helps you create a lasting impression at first glance. Check out our resume help on Handshake.

The Office of Career and Professional Development at Washington and Lee University has not vetted any of the internship and volunteer opportunity listings on this page and makes no representations or guarantees regarding any of the listed opportunities. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to do their own due diligence when applying for and accepting any of these opportunities.

Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations & Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources



Design/Game Design



As with most industries, in fashion there is no single source for all internship opportunities. In addition to reviewing the links below, review company websites and/or LinkedIn postings.


Interior Design

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Arts League - Arts League plans to work with students to promote the arts at W&L and celebrate the many artists on campus. Arts League believes in promoting a more creative atmosphere on campus by promoting one another's work in all of the arts. We will promote our artists to the rest of campus as well as the Lexington Community! We plan to promote the pre-existing arts events on campus as well to create exciting events for the entire campus.
  • Dance Company - The dance company aims to give all students interested in dance the opportunity to study dance, create dance and perform dance both on campus and off.
  • WLUR - W&L radio station
  • World Languages Portal - The World Languages and Cultures portal provides information on course offerings, resources, and programs for students interested in building skills to prepare for a global and diverse society.  

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with progressional. Below are some alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource. To connect with someone, log in to Colonnade Connections and find their contact information. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

Contact Alumni

Erin Barrineau '06

Erin graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. After graduation, she entered the Master of Architecture program at the University of Maryland and graduated in December 2010. She stayed on at the University of Maryland to teach an undergraduate course in Architectural History and joined Suzane Reatig Architecture in Washington, DC. She oversaw several multi-family housing projects spanning the east coast from New York City to Miami. In her role as Project Architect, Erin was responsible for all phases of design, from initial schematics all the way through to construction completion. Today she is a Project Architect for The Monument Companies in Richmond. Erin is happy to speak with any students who may be interested in pursuing architecture or any design related field.

Padget Sutherland ‘17

Padget graduated Washington and Lee in 2017 with a BA in Art History and Classics. She is currently working at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant Manager of Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art. In this position, she manages the curatorial friends group, the Modern and Contemporary Visiting Committee, as well as donor and VIP relations and events. During her undergraduate career, Padget was an intern at the Spencer Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. She also held positions on the excavation staff of The American School of Classical Studies' excavation of the Athenian Agora.

Sarah Wagner '17

Sarah graduated from Washington and Lee in 2017 with a BA in Art History, a BS in Business Administration, and a minor in Museum Studies. She interned in the PR department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is currently a Marketing Coordinator at Christie’s in New York. In her current role, she is in charge of managing all online Luxury sales out of New York, which includes Jewelry, Watches, Wine, and Handbags, and coordinates all live New York Luxury and Asian Art auctions. The marketing for a sale can include, but is not limited to: touring, event invitations and digital evites, paid and organic social media, print and digital advertising, exhibition design, all email blasts to clients, printed collateral (dinner menus, post cards, etc.), and any merchandising the department may require (tote bags, pencils, etc.). She is more than happy to talk to anyone interested in the field so please do not hesitate to reach out.