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Internship Opportunities for Academic Credit

The Professional Development and Engagement Center (PDEC) has partnered with many Bay Area arts organizations to offer semester-long internships for academic credit. These internships are designed to provide you with opportunities to develop the skills and experience necessary for success as a modern freelance musician, while also leaving you poised to pursue opportunities in teaching, arts administration, business, finance, design, office management, and other professional areas.

Students

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Fall/Summer 2017 Internships

Berkeley Symphony
Little Opera (Music Archives & Composition)
Little Opera (Media)
Little Opera (Outreach & Events)
Mercury Soul
Post:Ballet
Merola Opera Program 
Kronos Quartet 
San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera (Electronic Media)
San Francisco Opera (Education)
San Francisco Opera (Artist & Music Planning)
San Francisco Performances
SFJAZZ 
San Francisco Symphony 
 

Berkeley Symphony

Semester:

Fall & Spring

Hours per week:

9

Credits:

2

Position Summary

Berkeley Symphony seeks enthusiastic and organized interns for our 2015-16 season. With four must-see soloists, three West Coast premieres, and one newly commissioned symphony, we have a thrilling season ahead!

These positions are unpaid, averaging around 10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible. A commitment to the full 2015-16 concert season (September – May) is preferred.

About Berkeley Symphony: Berkeley Symphony champions symphonic music as a living art form – creating live performances and educational programs that engage the intellect, spark the curiosity, and delight the spirit of Berkeley and surrounding Bay Area communities. The orchestra performs four main-stage concerts a year in Zellerbach Hall on UC Berkeley campus and has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in nine of the past eleven seasons. The orchestra additionally partners with the Berkeley Unified School District to produce the award-winning Music in the Schools program, providing comprehensive, age-appropriate music curricula to more than 4,500 local students each year.

Projects / Duties

Interns will assist the Patron Services Manager with all box office projects, including arts database management, patron inquiries and ticketing, events support, and audience development initiatives. The Interns will be included in Berkeley Symphony’s day-to-day operations, marketing, development, and production activities.

Internship Perks:

  • Get an insider’s perspective on a thriving, local arts nonprofit with an international profile.
  • Acquire highly transferable skills you can apply to a career in the performing arts, customer relations, event coordination, and/or the nonprofit sector.
  • Work with a supportive team of experienced and passionate arts administrators.
  • Enjoy free admission to all season concerts.
  • Past interns have gone on to positions at SF Jazz Center, Brunswick Group, and Wells Fargo.

Requirements

The ideal candidates will have strong customer service and organizational skills. Interest in arts management and knowledge about music are pluses. Ideally, interns will be available to assist with concerts on October 14, December 3, February 4, and May 5.

Contact Name

Sarah Thomas


Little Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Music Archives & Composition 

Hours per week:

9-12

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

As a Music Archives & Composition intern, you will work closely with the rest of the Little Opera team to help compile and edit past student-written opera scores, as well as join the teaching team after-school to work directly with our students as they learn the basics of theory and composition through the opera creation process.

Projects / Duties

  • Assist Little Opera team with the preparation of past student opera scores for future performance and publication.
  • Assist Little Opera teaching artists with developing and delivering music theory and composition lessons to students (2nd-8th grade).
  • Help engrave final scores for student-written operas as they get created in the 2016-2017 season.
  • Potential for other duties depending on intern’s interests and skill set.

Requirements

  • Familiarity working in Google Drive.
  • Proficiency in Sibelius or Finale required.
  • Some teaching experience or completion of Teaching Artistry 101 preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in music composition.
  • Knowledge of Opera is a plus.
  • Interest in working with a small, highly collaborative team.
  • Fall and Spring commitment preferred.

Contact Name

Erin Bregman


Little Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department: 

Media 

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

As a Media Intern, you will assist Little Opera Director with media archive management and production of all visual media during the 2016-2017 Little Opera season.

Projects / Duties

  • Assist Little Opera director with management and organization of company media archive.
  • Capture photo and video of student classes and work throughout the Little Opera season.
  • Compile a final project that documents the work of Little Opera students in the 2016-2017 season.
  • Potential for other duties depending on intern’s interests and skill set.

Requirements

  • Familiarity working in Google Drive.
  • Experience in photography and film.
  • Proficiency with professional level photo and video editing software.
  • Proficiency in Wordpress a plus.
  • Some teaching experience a plus, but not required.
  • Interest in working with a small, highly collaborative team.
  • Fall and Spring commitment preferred.

Contact Name

Erin Bregman


Little Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Outreach & Events 

Hours per week:

9-12

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

As an Outreach & Events intern, you will work with Little Opera Director and teaching team to build partnerships and coordinate outreach events with San Francisco schools and community centers to grow our Scholarship program.

Projects / Duties

  • Research and contact potential scholarship & tuition assistance partner schools and organizations.
  • Help coordinate outreach performances of student-written work.
  • Help Little Opera Team create and deliver workshops on opera creation in the community.
  • Assist with parent communication and coordination of student transportation to Little Opera events.
  • Assist Little Opera team as needed with annual events, including Set, Prop & Costume Building Days, the Little Gala, Winter Preview Concert, and Final Performances.
  • Potential for other duties depending on intern’s ability and skill set.

Requirements

  • Familiarity working in Google Drive.
  • Some teaching experience and familiarity with Opera preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to travel to multiple Bay Area locations (mostly San Francisco).
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Interest in working with a small, highly collaborative team.
  • Fall and Spring commitment preferred, with optional summer start.

Contact Name

Erin Bregman


Mercury Soul

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

Mercury Soul is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that engages a new generation of listeners through performances combining live classical music and electronica in alternative venues with immersive stagecraft, elaborate production, and digital education. We are looking for an enthusiastic intern that has an interest in various aspects of non-profit arts administration, particularly in marketing and promotion. Mercury Soul is planning two performances in the semester. The intern would work with the General Manager (Marko Bajzer), Marketing Manager (George Hurd), and Artistic Director (Mason Bates).

Projects / Duties

While Mercury Soul has a diverse audience that ranges from high school students to the elderly, its target audience is engaging young people in order to demonstrate how fulfilling and timeless this music is in addition to helping ensure the future of the genre ("young" by classical music standards being younger than 50). In that sense we are marketing to our peers, and the primary project of the intern would be to do the same: create and execute a marketing campaign specifically aimed toward university level students. The intern will work with Mercury Soul staff to identify what motivates people to attend performances, figure out how and when they receive information, and design (using photoshop) and disseminate materials that cater to the target audiences sensibilities. Additionally the intern will learn about social media advertising, public relations, and personnel coordination among other things. Closer to the events the intern will also manage our volunteers as well assisting other aspects of the production based on need and interest.

Requirements

  • Proficient in English.
  • Eager to learn about nonprofit administration.
  • Organized and communicative.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 20lbs.
  • Ideally a graduate student who has taken one or more courses related to professional development (e.g. musical startups, practical aspects, etc.).

Contact Name

Marko Bajzer


Post:Ballet

Semester:

Fall, Spring (or both)

Hours per week:

9-12 (2-3 days per week with flexible hours)

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

Post:Ballet is seeking an intern to assist the artistic director for its fall 2015 and spring 2016 seasons. Intern will learn the ins and outs of an up and coming arts organization, assisting with administrative work including social media, media relations, patron relations, budgeting, and contracting with artists and venues. Intern will also assist at events and performances, seeing another art form in action and experiencing the collaborative process between dance and music. Through this position, the intern will gain an understanding of how the music and dance worlds are similar/different, and find ways of cross-pollinating ideas between both artistic communities.

Projects / Duties

Fall 2015
Post:Ballet's annual fall program at Z Space (November 5-8) features an evening-length collaboration between The Living Earth Show and Post:Ballet. Intern's projects/duties include:

  • Updating social media with content (approved by artistic director).
  • Connecting with media to set up interviews, studio visits, performance reviews, and other press opportunities.
  • Assisting with preparation/execution of the company's fall fundraising dinner, preceding the November 6th performance.
  • Helping to cultivate patron relations by assisting with post-performance follow-ups and end of year pledge drive.
  • Assisting the director at company's Post:Arts event and Do:Be performances.
  • Participating in the grant writing process, both in searching out funding opportunities that are in line with the company's mission and helping to compile the necessary materials for proposals.

Spring 2016
Post:Ballet's annual spring fundraiser at SOMArts (March 4) is the company's most important fundraising event of the year and includes a live performance as well as a silent/live auction and live pledge drive. Summer 2016 marks the company's seventh summer season in SF, and the majority of the preparations for this production occur in the spring. Intern's projects/duties include:

  • Updating social media with content (approved by artistic director).
  • Assisting with preparation/execution of the company's spring fundraising event (including assembling donations for the silent/live auctions, connecting with vendors, and overseeing volunteers at the fundraiser).
  • Assisting with contracting and other preparations for company's summer season.
  • Participating in the grant writing process, both in searching out funding opportunities that are in line with the company's mission and helping to compile the necessary materials for proposals.

Requirements

  • Have an interest in non-profit arts administration.
  • Be able to lift and carry up to 15lbs.

Contact Name

Robert Dekkers


San Francisco Classical Voice

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Hours per week:

8-10

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

The publishing assistant will gain experience in several areas of the publishing process including selecting, editing and captioning images to accompany our website content (10-15 original content pieces per week on average), proof reading, and fact checking. In addition, the candidate will learn about the nonprofit sector by supporting the Managing Director with several aspects of SFCV’s operations.

Projects / Duties

Publishing:

  • Photo research, editing, and captioning.
  • Proof reading.
  • Fact checking.
  • Link checking.
  • Managing social media.
  • Manage, edit, and approve calendar listings and other user-generated content.
  • Manage the publication of banner advertisements.

Administrative:

  • Support website users.
  • Mailing/database management.
  • Generate traffic reports.
  • Organize electronic files.
  • Fundraising support (mailings, collaterals).
  • Support the Managing Director with other tasks involving the operation of SFCV.

Requirements

  • Strong reading, writing, and personal communication skills are essential, as is a solid grasp of English grammar and style.
  • High level of attention to visual detail as well as an eye for good design.
  • Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously with deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Extremely well organized.
  • Able to receive direction and communicate effectively with peers and management.
  • Work well as part of a team, follow-through on commitments, and take initiative.

Contact Name

Claudia Campazzo


San Francisco Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Department:

Electronic Media

Hours per week:

12-16 per week

Credits:

3

Position Summary

We offer the internship programs at the SF Opera during the Summer and Fall "in" seasons and the spring "out of" season.

During the season; This position will give you the opportunity to learn about multi-camera and single camera production as it applies to image magnification, live video capture and HD broadcast television. You will be able to review the process of distribution and rights for regional, international and commercial products. The intern will work with and assist the Video Director, Assistant Video Director, Media Coordinator, as well as the video and sound crew.

During the "off" season: This position will give you the opportunity to learn about multi camera production, editing, distribution, and how it applies to HD broadcast television, DVD and Cinema. The intern will work with and assist the Director of Electronic Media and Media Coordinator as well as the video and sound crew. While there are no live productions on stage during the spring, during this time, our focus is creating the products that will be distributed regionally, nationally and internationally. This internship would focus around assisting with the distribution processes of media product for DVD, Cinemas, TV and Radio. You will assist in reviewing and tagging archival video and audio. You might also possibly be part of the workings of a streaming project that is in the creative works.

Projects / Duties

During the season: Interns priority is to assist the Video Director, Asst. Video Director and the camera crew with the blocking and capturing of the live productions on stage.

During the off season and in conjunction with the in season duties: Interns will assist with video archival, web securities, the processes behind distribution and rights for Radio, TV, DVD's and cinemas.

I like to note that during the season, we are here usually 5-6 days a week, evenings and weekends. This internship can be flexible to candidates schedules if they are flexible with us as well - to fulfill their 12-16 hour commitment.

Requirements

The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, work well with people and have an interest in film/video production. Candidates should have an interest in media asset management programs like Final Cut Server. You should be comfortable and able to work in broadcast production which at times can be very fast paced. An interest in opera and the ability to read music may be useful, but is not necessary.

All interns are expected to possess these minimum qualifications:

  • Knowledge of their subject area.
  • Proficiency in MS Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to take direction well.
  • Be able to commit to 12-16 hours per week for the entire internship.
  • A valid California driver’s license is preferred.
  • HTML and/or WordPress experience and/or interest is not required, but a plus.

Contact Name

Jessica (Jess) Shown-Morgan


San Francisco Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Education

Hours per week:

12

Credits:

3

Position Summary

The Education Department of San Francisco Opera provides opera education opportunities for students, teachers, adults and families. The Education intern is assigned a variety of projects to support the work of the department.

Projects / Duties

  • Attends and documents opera resource visits to schools in SF and East Bay.
  • Helps create resource materials for school programs.
  • Assists with school outreach efforts, including managing mailings and maintaining mailing list.
  • Provides support for events, including teacher professional development sessions.
  • Publicizes events using online listings and social media.
  • In addition, to ensure that the intern has the full picture of the everyday work processes of an Education department, some general duties will also be included.

Requirements

All interns are expected to possess these minimum qualifications:

  • Knowledge of their subject area.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (Publisher preferred).
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Ability to take direction well.
  • A valid California driver’s license is preferred.

Contact Name

Alyssa Stone


San Francisco Opera

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Artistic & Music Planning

Hours per week:

9-12

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

This internship allows one SFCM student each semester the opportunity to work closely with San Francisco Opera’s Artistic and Music Planning Department to gain experience working for and observing a world class arts organization in both full production and planning mode.

Projects / Duties

Responsibilities : Assist SF Opera’s Artistic and Music Planning Department with projects related to season planning, contracting, auditions, casting, scouting, and more. All projects will have explicit goals and
students will have the opportunity to see projects through from beginning to end and to propose new projects for the department’s consideration. Specific duties will include:

  • Assist with all media rights acquisition activity including the creation and distribution of contract riders and data sets, monitoring and tracking agreements and payments, and corresponding with artists and/or artist managers regarding individual agreements.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of company general audition sessions and developing a tracking and review management system for review of submissions and candidates.
  • Assist in artistic social media activities including the creation of special initiatives and content with artists and creative teams on SF Opera media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, etc.).
  • Assist with special projects and research including the creation of an artistic operations project management system and new works research.
  • Assist with artist services requests and special events involving company artists.
  • Labor relations research.
  • Other projects as mutually agreed upon.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of opera, classical music, theater, and/or other performing art forms.
  • Strong technical skills including MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and background in computer programming and/or database software (Filemaker, Bento, Salesforce, etc.).
  • Social media savvy on all major platforms with a background in content creation that drives user engagement.
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects and thrive in a fastpaced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with artists and staff professionally and handle confidential discreet matters with tact.
  • Must be a fulltime student currently enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Contact Name

Sean Waugh, Artistic Planning Manager


San Francisco Performances

Semester:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Hours per week:

9-12 (2-3 days per week with flexible hours)

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

San Francisco Performances accepts internship applications year-round from undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students seeking to to gain hands-on experience working at a fast-paced professional non-profit performing arts organization. Students with an interest in performing arts management and/or arts education will be best suited to our internship program.

Projects / Duties

Projects are based on the intern’s interests and skill set, but will likely involve assisting in administrative capacities in the areas of Marketing/Social Media, Arts Education, Artistic Administration and Development. Some on-site assistance with backstage and house management needs at performances may be required depending on time of year.

Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Willingness to pitch in and help.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-talk, and work independently.
  • Interest in arts education and performing arts management, performing arts background a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite preferred.

Contact Name

Amanda Alef


SFJAZZ

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Education

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

Will directly assist the Ensemble Coordinator with management of the big band library as well as booking small ensemble gigs for the High School All-Stars program. Hands on experience using databases and calendaring software, working directly with the Program Manager to compile and organize data for grant reporting. Will have the opportunity to participate in all teaching artist professional development that occurs during the semester.

Projects / Duties

Print and assemble big band charts for the Monday Night Band and High School All-Stars programs, assist Ensemble Coordinators with booking inquiries and scheduling of High School All-Stars small ensemble gigs, assist Program Manager with data entry and learn how to run reports using Tessitura and Artifax.

Requirements

  • Attention to detail, a collaborative spirit and good sense of humor encouraged.
  • Literacy with google docs a plus, will be taught how to use databases onsite.
  • Mondays preferred.

Contact Name

Rebeca Mauleon


SFJAZZ

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Education

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

An opportunity for musicians interested in gaining hands-on teaching artist experience to assist the Community Outreach Coordinator with school site visits, assessment, instrumental training support, and participate in professional development for the Jazz in Session program, our SFJAZZ flagship band support program.

Projects / Duties

Interns would serve as instrumental clinicians at our partner schools, providing students with one-on-one and group instruction where needed in collaboration with SFJAZZ teaching artist. Intern will assist Outreach Coordinator with school site assessment and interact via email and google docs.

Requirements

  • Google docs experience a plus.
  • Wxperience teaching on instrument (percussionists and double bassists encouraged to apply).
  • Ability to travel to assigned school site. SFJAZZ will provide a small travel stipend for the student.

Contact Name

Rebeca Mauleon


SFJAZZ

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Education

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

An opportunity to intern for the newly formed SFJAZZ-OPC Academy, an after-school jazz program for middle school-age musicians in Oakland led by Angela Wellman, founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. Will be able to participate in all teaching artist professional development and would serve primarily in an administrative support role as well as serve as an instrumental clinician.

Projects / Duties

Use of Salesforce to administer student information, office tasks including photocopies, filing, etc. Serve in clinician assistance as needed, eligible to participate in all teaching artist professional development.

Requirements

Must be prepared to travel to our Oakland site(s) with your instrument, SFJAZZ will supply a small travel stipend.

Contact Name

Rebeca Mauleon


Merola Opera Program 

Semester:

Summer

Department:

Marketing

Hours per week:

15-20

Credits:

N/A, paid: $200/month stipend for 3 month internship 

Position Summary

Merola Opera Program is seeking a talented and dedicated marketing and events intern for Spring/Summer 2017. Under the direction of the Director of Marketing & Communications and the Marketing & Events Associate, the Merola intern will be involved in event planning, program development and organization, public relations, and all facets of marketing.

Projects / Duties

The Merola intern will be involved in event planning, program development and organization, public relations, and all facets of marketing.

Requirements

The ideal candidate:

  • Must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Be willing to make a commitment of a maximum of 20 hours per week to work in office and at Merola events. Working some evenings and weekends is required.
  • Should have excellent computer skills (Adobe Creative Suite a plus), online research skills (or enthusiasm to learn), and be web-savvy.
  • Has an interest in event planning, hospitality, and/or project management.
  • Must have strong writing, editing, and verbal skills.
  • The ability to work independently is desired.
  • An interest in opera and the performing arts is a must.

Contact Name

Ruben Pimentel, Director of Marketing & Communication 


Kronos Performing Arts Association / Kronos Quartet

Semester:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Department:

Communications, Business & Operations, Archive, Research

Hours per week:

9-12

Credits:

2-3

Position Summary

Intern will assist key KPAA personnel on a number of administrative tasks essential to the daily functioning of the organization.

Projects / Duties

Past Interns have conducted numerous (and varied) research projects for the managing director, the artistic director, and the development director; assisted the business manager with record keeping, filing, and general book-keeping duties; assisted the communications manager with press inquiries, photo and video requests/archiving/filing, as well as made sure the website and our various social media platforms were up to date; helped maintain the various archives; drafted memos, prospectuses, agendas; and much more!

Requirements

  • Proficiency with Macintosh OS, MS Office Suite, FileMaker Pro, Google Apps.
  • Desire to learn how an arts non-profit functions, and a willingness to work in a small, highly collaborative environment.
  • Passionate about all forms of musical expression.

Contact Name

Nikolás McConnie-Saad


San Francisco Symphony 

Semester:

Fall, Spring

Department:

Education 

Hours per week:

4

Credits:

1

Position Summary

Instrument Coaching Intern: The San Francisco Symphony supports orchestra and band programs in SF's public middle schools and high schools by providing professional Teaching Artists who work closely with site music teachers at each school. The Instrument Coaching Interns assist the site music teachers and Teaching Artists in the delivery of pedagogical and support services. Positions will be available based on requests from site music teachers and Teaching Artists.

Projects / Duties

Weekly visits to a selected band/orchestra program, working with beginning or intermediate level musicians, primarily in single-instrument group coaching (e.g., class of beginning violins) and occasional individual student tutoring. Specific duties will be geared to the needs of each class, including areas such as instrument assembly and tuning, technique, sound production, fingering, correct instrument placement/posture, embouchure, instrument care, and other areas as designated by site music teachers and Teaching Artists. The internship includes orientation, ongoing support, feedback/reflection, and consultation in conjunction with the SF Symphony Education Department, site music teachers and Teaching Artists.

Requirements

  • Interest in practical application of pedagogical principles.
  • Interest in working with beginning and intermediate level students in a public school environment.
  • Commitment to weekly coaching schedule as determined with the site music teacher.
  • Fingerprinting and TB testing, as required by SFUSD (Symphony Education Dept. will assist in this process).

Contact Name

Ron Gallman


San Francisco Symphony

Semester:

Fall, Spring 

Department:

Education - Youth Orchestra

Hours per week:

8

Credits:

2

Position Summary

Youth Orchestra Interns will learn practical aspects of orchestral management through direct teamwork with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) Leadership in project support and office administration. This position may from time-to-time field simple phone and email inquiries pertaining to the YO program and interacts with YO musicians, parents, and SFS musicians/staff on a limited basis. Interns may be granted access to special in-house ticket gifts to enhance their Conservatory training and see how their projects YO and duties translate to the operation of a major professional orchestra.

Projects / Duties

  • Assist in preparation, production, and mailing/emailing of YO related materials.
  • Assist in maintaining YO databases and mailing lists.
  • Assist with attendance tracking.
  • Assist with administration of auditions.
  • Assist YO librarians with production and distribution.
  • Other administrative tasks which enhance the practical aspect of the learning experience. 

Requirements

  • MS Office Suite 2010 (Mostly Access, Excel, Outlook, Word)
  • Google Forms
  • Doodle Polling

Contact Name

Jason Pyszkowski