Connect with Arts & Communication Program Director, Carla Costa

I’m excited for another semester of connecting with students who are interested in exploring and pursuing careers in arts and communication.

Carla Costa smiling

I really relate to students with these interests because they’re my interests too. I studied journalism at UMass Amherst as an undergrad and spent the following decade working as a freelance arts and culture writer. At the same time, I was unexpectedly building a concurrent career as an arts administrator through jobs in education administration, extensive work with volunteer-run artist collectives, and a masters in arts administration at the Columbia University graduate school of education. I even published a nationally-distributed quarterly magazine with friends in the San Francisco Bay Area. The most important thing I learned along the way: it’s possible to balance your interests and passions with smart and strategic career decisions. 

As a first generation college student, and the child of immigrants who worked blue collar jobs, it wasn’t easy for me to trust that that balance was really possible. That’s why, as a career coach, I focus on practical ways to help students realize their visions for the future. I strive to spark excitement and curiosity about career (even when it feels intimidating or scary), to inspire career planning strategies built on your unique attributes, and to support you in setting meaningful professional and personal goals that are based on what’s most important to you

I want to hear from you! Book a time in Handshake for us to meet and discuss your goals and interests.

I also have a full roster of events designed to empower you with everything you need to be a competitive applicant in your interest areas. Watch Handshake and this page for upcoming event registrations. 

I can’t wait to see you!



Accelerate Your Career in Media: Including Journalism, Publishing, and Media Business

Fri., Sept. 22 | 3:30-4:30pm

Break Into the Entertainment Industry: Everything You Need to Know in 60 Minutes

Fri., Oct. 13 | 3:30-4:30pm

Stand Out with a Professional Portfolio: Drop-in Clinic for Arts & Communications

Weds., Oct. 18 | 3:00-5:00pm

What You Need to Know About Careers in Marketing & Public Relations
Thurs., Oct. 19 | 7:00-8:00pm

GLAM! How to Get Jobs & Internships in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Fri., Oct. 27 | 3:30-4:30pm

Do Your Own Thing: Independent Arts & Communications Projects That Impress Employers

Fri., Nov. 3 | 3:30-4:45pm

By Carla Costa
Carla Costa Program Director, Careers in Arts and Communication