Internships and Careers

Join our music graduates in success

100% of Class of 2022 music majors reported landing a job within six months of graduation.

100% employed
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One Major, Multiple Paths

A degree in music can open up a variety of opportunities. Here's a sample of job titles our newest graduates have held in the last five years:

  • Admissions Counselor

  • Community Development Associate

  • Development Coordinator

  • Event Leader

  • Freelance Writer

  • Language and Culture Assistant

  • Marketing Administrator

  • Music Teacher

  • Production Assistant

  • Project Manager

Where our graduates land

Our students have completed an internship or landed a job with high-profile organizations in and beyond Chicago.

Our most recent graduates have interned at or joined the ranks of these companies in the last five years:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater

  • Cumulus Media

  • Endeavor Business Media

  • Institute for Therapy Through the Arts

  • Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

  • Northwestern University

  • Ravinia Festival

  • Scholastic

  • Stewart Talent Agency

  • Valhalla Media Live

Advancing their studies

Music graduates have also furthered their studies through graduate programs across the country. We set our students up for success so they can enroll in diverse programs such as this sample of degrees pursued by recent graduates: 

  • Master of Music Education (Northwestern University)

  • Masters of Music (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Masters of Sound Arts and Industries (Northwestern University)

  • MAT (Lake Forest College)

  • PhD Musicology (Washington University in St. Louis)

The Liberal Arts Advantage

A Lake Forest College education is built for the future. All students are equipped with the most sought-after professional skills: writing, speaking, critical thinking, and an understanding of human society and cultures. Our interdisciplinary curriculum sets our graduates apart as competitive and uniquely qualified candidates who are eager to take on the challenges presented in today's professional world. Learn more about how our students turn their passions into a career on our Success Stories and Outcomes page.

Nick Zazove
The discipline of the arts requires more than just technical skill—it demands self-discipline, empathy, and a support network. My professors held me accountable and challenged my ideas in the classroom in a way that had my best interests at heart, helping me to grow not only as an artist but as a person.
Nick Zazove '20, Audio-Visual Artist & Sound Engineer

Nick's journey isn't the only way to make it at Lake Forest College. Our career pathways offer a multitude of different ways to take advantage of the education here as well as the opportunities after graduation. 

Our music graduates...


Demonstrate skill as a performer

on a musical instrument or as a vocalist in a variety of styles


Advocate for the musical arts

and engage in entrepreneurial activities


Proactively develop and analyze the self

to build network connections and self-awareness

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Embrace and practice professionalism

to act in the interest of a greater good

Networking and Career Preparation

Our students have opportunities to engage with professionals working in various fields of interest and build meaningful connections before graduation. 

Lake Forest College students don't only get a fantastic education, but also hone applicable skills that employers are seeking in candidates. 

Our career counselors ensure that our students are well prepared for whatever path they choose. 

At Lake Forest College, you will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from a multitude of fields. 

Like what you see? 

Arrange a campus visit to see what Lake Forest has to offer in person. You'll be able to talk with professors, students, and get a taste for what Lake Forest has to offer your career. 

Contact the Gorter Family Career Center

Pathway Leader

Danielle Kelly
Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway Leader

General Contact

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center
256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus

Career Pathways

Music majors most often find a home in the Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.