Internship Opportunities

For SummerFest 2014, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will offer summer internships in production, administration, and artistic administration. 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.

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 to ten weeks, with some positions beginning in early-June. 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. 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

Box Office Administration

09 June–30 July 2014
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 communication skills.

Marketing & Public Relations

Mid October 2013–30 July 2014
Assists Marketing Director with day-to-day operations and developing and implementing low-cost marketing strategies, database management, and administrative tasks. This internship provides diverse experience in overall marketing/PR strategy, sales for program ads and groups, social media (daily), writing, and organization. Interns are expected to have some skills with tools including phone camera, digital camera (for spot shooting and social media) and basic technological tools. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and some desktop graphic design knowledge. Assists Opera Theater staff in coordinating social media outreach; organizing and executing media interviews; basic video editing; developing ideas for and attending promotional events. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills and proficiency in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube).

Music Administration

09 June–30 July 2014
Assists Music Director and production conductors with day-to-day operations; including Orchestra Management, pit set up, and music distribution. Applicant must be able to read music and follow an opera score.

Special Events & Development

09 June–30 July 2014
Intern will work with the Development Manager 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; creating displays, themes, and decorations for cast parties and other events; soliciting auction contributions; creating opening night gifts and welcome baskets for the cast and creative team of each show; and a variety of administrative tasks. 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. 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

09 June–30 July 2014
Assists with housing and transportation of cast members, acts as liaison between Resident/Young Artists and Opera Theater staff, performs administrative tasks and works with guest artists and production staff as required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

 

Production Internships

Carpentry

23 June–30 July 2014
Assists Technical Director and set designers in the building and implementation of the sets, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Costume Coordination

16 June–30 July 2014
Works closely with Costume Coordinator, Costume Designers and Wardrobe Mistress. Assists with fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs and dressing. Helps with costume inventory & labeling. Takes notes during tech and opening nights.

Electrics

25 June–30 July 2014
Assists Lighting Designers with pre-show drafting, light plots and other lighting/technical duties as assigned. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Hair/Make-Up Design

25 June–30 July 2014
Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with fittings, setting & steaming wigs. Organizing wigs and implementing make-up designs during performances. Prior experience working with hair, wigs and make-up helpful.

Properties Coordination

11 June–30 July 2014
Assists Props Coordinator in obtaining and designing props, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid drivers license

Stage Management

11 June–30 July 2014
Assists Stage managers with rehearsals, schedules, works backstage during technical/dress rehearsals and performances, and other duties as assigned. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Set Design

February 2014, and 11 June–30 July 2014
Assists set designers with pre-show need, and assists Technical Director in the implementation and building of the set. Must have a valid drivers license.

 

How to Apply

The online application process is now closed for SummerFest 2014.

 

Additional Information

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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