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Administrative Internship Program

Interested in a career in the arts? Want to learn about producing a world-class opera festival? Opera Theatre’s seasonal administrative internships offer hands-on experience collaborating to produce a world-class opera festival, as well as the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills crucial in today’s arts and non-profit landscape.

The Artistic Administration Intern is an essential support member of the Artistic department during the Festival Season, providing administrative support in the areas of artistic planning and artist services to the team and Opera Theatre’s singers, directors, designers, and music staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting with logistics such as housing and transportation, scheduling, coordinating auditions, and music library cataloguing. 


The Artistic Administration Intern must be able to interact with artists and patrons in a variety of settings and have strong organizational and communication skills. They should have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and an ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment. An interest in classical music and an ability to read music is preferred, but not required. 


This position requires that the candidate have their own car (company mileage is reimbursed) and be able to work some evenings and weekends. Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. 

The Development Intern assists with Opera Theatre’s season donor events, which include approximately 20-30 dinners and receptions for patrons, as well as a gala benefit. Many of these events are in the evenings and on weekends. Responsibilities include organizing invitation mailings, tracking responses, event set-up and clean-up, and updating event attendee lists. The Development Intern will be trained in Tessitura, Opera Theatre’s development and box office software. 


This position is very detail-oriented and requires great organizational skills. Previous event experience is helpful but not required. Word processing and spreadsheet literacy is required. This position requires a self-motivated individual, able to interact with donors, volunteers, and staff in a range of professional and social situations. Working evenings and weekends required. 

The Digital Marketing and Media Intern will be responsible for assisting with the following: copywriting and layout of marketing emails, daily monitoring of social media engagement, providing friendly and customer-oriented responses to social media inquiries, planning and executing social media influencer events during the season in conjunction with the Press & Communications Intern, the capture of backstage and experiential photo and video content, brainstorming and copywriting of web blog and social media posts, basic photo manipulation and graphic design necessary to aid in the execution of the aforementioned tasks, assisting with Young Friends event planning and staffing, and materials distribution.


Applicants should be strong creative and business writers and possess a strong grasp of digital marketing technologies. Experience managing social media accounts for established groups or organizations preferred. The successful applicant will also show a high level of initiative and organization. This position will be wonderful experience for a quick learner and organized worker who seeks professional mentorship and can work independently on several projects at once.


The Digital Marketing & Media Intern must have their own transportation (company mileage is reimbursed) and must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

The Education Intern will perform administrative duties that support the education department’s season activities for young people and adults. This individual will work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, artists, students, teachers, and constituents, assisting with virtual programming including the Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training program, Spring Training Camp for High School Vocalists, Opera Camp for Kids, Music!Words!Opera! Teacher Training Workshops, Docent Presentations, and other seasonal activities. 


The ideal candidate should have completed or be currently pursuing a degree in music, theater, arts management, and/or education. Extraordinary attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, strong people skills, and excellent oral and written skills are required. Previous experience in coordinating and/or implementing programs is helpful, and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is necessary. Knowledge of singing and opera repertoire is preferred but not required. 

The Finance Intern is an essential member of OTSL’s Administration & Finance department, working directly with the Controller and the Accounting Manager to support the organization’s financial operations. Responsibilities include assisting with cash management and tracking across the Festival Season, working in the company’s accounting software, collaborating on data entry projects, maintaining financial records, and other administrative projects.


This position will be trained in working in Abila MIP accounting software, and will work with several members of the Administration & Finance department on projects across the length of the internship.


This position will be wonderful experience for a quick learner who is detail-oriented and organized; who seeks professional mentorship; and who can work independently.


This position requires a working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel, and availability some evenings and weekends during late May/June

The Press and Communications Intern will be responsible for monitoring press inquiries and stories surrounding OTSL’s Festival Season, maintaining the company’s press archives, helping coordinate on-site media interviews and press events, distributing in-season media alerts, staffing the theater’s press desk as needed prior to performances, planning and executing social media influencer events during the season in conjunction with the Digital Marketing & Media Intern, coordinating travel and ticket details for visiting press, copywriting marketing messages, proofreading marketing and press publications, transporting visiting critics, sending weekly internal staff updates about local and national press coverage, assisting with Young Friends event planning and staffing, and materials distribution.


The Press & Communications Intern will be an exceptional writer who also possesses extremely high attention to detail. The successful applicant will have a team player attitude, be a quick learner who can work independently on several projects at once, and enjoys people-oriented work.


The Press & Communications intern must have their own transportation (company mileage is reimbursed) and must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

In addition to working on projects that are integral to the success of the Festival Season, interns are encouraged to learn from and about roles across the entire company, and are invited to attend additional lectures, recitals, rehearsals, and performances as their schedules permit. The program also includes educational sessions specifically for the interns, designed to further the professional growth of the program participants.

  • Applicants must be 18+ and authorized to work in the U.S.
  • All internships are paid at the rate of $15.00 an hour
  • Limited housing available
  • A basic familiarity with opera and classical music is a great help, however it is not required!
  • While the majority of our interns are college students or recent college graduates, this is not required. Any qualified applicants will be considered!

Check back in early-December for more details on how to apply to be an administrative intern for the 2023 Festival Season!