Internship Opportunities

For SummerFest 2015, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will offer summer internships in administrative and technical areas. Our internship program provides the opportunity for young professionals and students to experience first-hand the fast-paced world of repertory opera and music theater.

Internships offer a high level of responsibility and the chance to work directly with a small team of seasoned professionals. Interns are able to make real contributions to the way the organization functions and have opportunities to meet peers from other institutions. Summer internships are full-time paid positions (either as work-study or independent contractor), to cover the preparation and running of SummerFest, the company's opera, musical theater, and recital festival, which performs in the last four weeks of July each year at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland.

Interns are engaged for a period of five to ten weeks, with some positions beginning in early-June. Housing is provided as available. Self-provided transportation is an advantage. Interns will receive a weekly stipend, and a flexible schedule is necessary for some internship tracks. Interns must be able to legally work in the United States. 

You may apply for more than one internship position; please complete a separate application for each internship you wish to be considered for.

 

Administrative Internships

Qualifications for all positions

  • A passion for the arts.
  • Ability to be self-directed but also able to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; the ability to project a professional demeanor with external constituents, especially at critical or challenging times.
  • Good basic knowledge of computer equipment and programs.
  • Able to attend performances and social events as necessary (weekday evenings and weekends).
  • A car is helpful.

 

Artistic Administration

One position, late May–early August 2015
Assists artistic staff with copying, filing, data entry, and artist management. Works with artistic and administrative staff and Young Artist Program to schedule rehearsals and other events, and assist visiting masterclass teachers. Must possess sound judgment, initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to remain composed under pressure. Editing and computer skills desired. Some knowledge of music, opera, and rehearsal procedures desirable.

Box Office Administration

Three positions, late May–early August 2015
Assists Box Office Manager with day-to-day operations of the box office; acts as a company representative and reference for patrons. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Work occurs during business hours, as well as evening and weekend events as scheduled, including all SummerFest performances.

Marketing & Public Relations

One position, January–early August 2015
Two positions, April/May–early August 2015
Assists Marketing Director with day-to-day operations and developing and implementing marketing strategies, database management, and administrative tasks. Develops relationships with other organizations to promote specific productions and reach targeted audiences. Drafts marketing copy (social media, direct mail, promotional pieces, e-blasts, social media text, etc.) and program copy. Proofreads and edits marketing materials and programs. Acts as liaison with community groups and media as appropriate, including information fairs and events. Inputs ticket sales data and analyzes ticket-buying trends. Assists with marketing-related front-of-house duties as necessary during events and season. Top applicants will demonstrate strong writing skills via required writing samples, clear spoken communications skills reviewed via initial phone screening, strong organizational skills, and proofreading test during a personal interview. Desktop publishing, Excel, and photography via smart phone skills helpful. Applicants with specific photography and/or video skills may be considered for focused internships in those areas.

Music Administration

One position, late May–early August 2015
Assists Music Director and production conductors with copying and distributing music; locating, hiring and transporting instruments; rehearsal room and orchestra pit set-up; and attendance at orchestra rehearsals and performances. Must be reliable and flexible, with good interpersonal and organizational skills and a background in music. Appropriately qualified interns may also be able to serve as an assistant conductor, assistant chorus master, or assistant repetiteur. Intern will also assist in the administration of Young Artist Program with forty young directors, singers and pianists.

Special Events & Development

One position, January–early August 2015
Intern will work with the Development Director to strategically plan and implement donor-centric events and ongoing patron engagement strategies. Duties include acting as host/hostess for VIP functions and gatherings, including Opera Theater’s signature spring gala. Intern will be responsible for generating acknowledgement letters and analyzing donor trends and event ROI. Intern will assist with patron database updates and operations of the box office, and act as a company representative and reference for patrons on phone. Intern may also assist with grant management, research, and donor cultivation activities, and compile data and ancillary materials as needed for grant requests. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills. Work generally occurs during business hours and some evening/weekend events as scheduled.

Young Artist Program Administration

One position, late May–early August 2015
Intern will assist with the administration of the company's Young Artist Program, which hosts nearly forty talented singer, pianists, and directors in residence with the company for SummerFest. Assists Program Director with arrangements for the housing and transportation of cast members, acts as liaison between Young Artists and Opera Theater staff, performs administrative tasks to maintain the organization and management of the Young Artist Program, and works with guest artists and production staff as required. Must possess sound judgement, initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to remain composed under pressure. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. A background in music, opera, and rehearsal procedures is desirable.

 

Production Internships

Production Interns experience a unique combination of practical work and educational programs, each designed to further professional growth. Interns will also work directly with professionals under the guidance of supervisors and staff. Interns are engaged for a period of five–ten weeks, with some positions beginning in mid-May. Housing is provided as available. Self-provided transportation is an advantage. Interns will also receive a weekly stipend, and a flexible schedule is necessary for some internship tracks. All interns may, on occasion, be asked to assist colleagues in technical areas other that their specialty—a team-oriented attitude is essential.

Carpentry

Four positions, early June–early August 2015
Assists Technical Director and set designers in the building and implementation of the sets, and other duties as assigned. Participates in run crew. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Costume Coordination

Four positions, early June–early August 2015
Works closely with Costume Coordinator and costume designers. Assists with costume construction, fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs, and dressing. Helps with costume inventory and labeling. Takes notes during tech and opening nights and participates in run crew. Design opportunities may also be available by agreement.

Electrics

Three positions, mid June–early August 2015
Assists with installing, circuiting, and focusing small theatrical lighting plot, performs daily changeovers, participates in run crew and strike, and other duties as assigned. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics.

Hair/Make-Up Design

Two positions, mid June–early August 2015
Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with fittings, setting and steaming wigs, organizing wigs, and implementing make-up designs during performances. Assists costume department as needed.

Properties Coordination

One position, late May–early August 2015
Assists Props Coordinator in obtaining and designing props, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid drivers license.

Stage Management

Three positions, late May–early August 2015
Assists stage managers with rehearsals and schedules, works backstage during technical/dress rehearsals and performances, and other duties as assigned.

Set Design

One position, mid February 2015, and early June–late July 2015
Assists set designers with pre-show needs, and assists Technical Director in the implementation and building of the set (i.e., set construction, painting, and dressing).

 

Additional Information

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at start of internship to be considered. Limited free housing may be available during the internship period of residence, and each intern is responsible for his/her own food and transportation to and from Pittsburgh. If necessary, local transportation may be supplied by Opera Theater. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars.

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