Internships

Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

Since 2003, Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program has provided college students and recent college graduates with the opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes at an internationally acclaimed music festival. Each summer, Music@Menlo hires approximately twenty-five interns to assist with all areas of the organization, including Merchandising, Development, Event Planning and Hospitality, Patron Services and Ticketing, Publications and Publicity, Production, Audio Recording, Artist Services, Student Services, Operations, and Photography and Videography. Music@Menlo interns work side-by-side with the festival’s staff and are highly visible members of the Music@Menlo team.

Music@Menlo’s internship program is ideally suited for motivated individuals who are eager to learn about the field of arts management and related work areas in a professional setting. An internship with Music@Menlo offers invaluable training and mentorship towards a professional career in arts management, production, digital media, or nonprofit administration. Through on-the-job training and hands-on experience, interns will build practical experience and develop professional skills to take them into the next stage of their career development.

In keeping with Music@Menlo’s mission, a unique component of the internship program is a series of educational seminars on various topics including marketing in the arts, strategic planning for nonprofit organizations, fundraising, and career planning and development. While primarily arts-focused, the main themes of these sessions apply across many disciplines.

Through project-based, hands-on work, the summer experience allows interns to learn skills in project management, customer service, organization, communication, and planning. In addition, interns receive the following:

  • On-the-job training and hands-on experience working with the organization’s staff in a professional, supportive environment
  • A broad perspective on the many components that form an internationally renowned classical music festival
  • Free tickets to select performances, subject to availability and schedule demands
  • For positions beginning prior to July 1, a seminar series led by staff and guest speakers focusing on topics related to nonprofit administration, such as marketing, fundraising, financial management, and strategic planning
  • Career development workshop
  • College credit, work study, independent study, and/or cooperative learning programs may be available through your college or university. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is certainly not a requirement.

Former interns have gone on to work in the field of arts management at such institutions as San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Performances, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well as other fields in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014 festival. Please check in the fall for information regarding summer 2015 internships.

VIDEO: Watch a video about Music@Menlo’s internship program.
VIDEO: Watch a video about Music@Menlo’s production team.

Questions?
Please contact Marianne LaCrosse, General Manager and Education Programs Director, at 650-330-2131.

Music@Menlo’s internship program is made possible, in part, by the David B. and Edward C. Goodstein Foundation.