Since 2003, Music@Menlo’s Arts Administration 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 Catering, Patron Services and Ticketing, Production, Artist Services, Student Services, Operations, and Photography and Videography. Music@Menlo interns are integral to the success of the festival. They work side-by-side with the festival’s staff and are highly visible members of the Music@Menlo team.
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. Former interns have gone on to work in the field of arts management at such institutions as San Francisco Opera, 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 now being accepted for the 2013 festival season (see application requirements below). Internship dates vary but generally run June through August. Modest stipends are available to help offset personal expenses. Housing is not provided, however a limited number of housing stipends may be available for out-of-state candidates. Please read each internship pdf description for complete information.
Complete the Internship Application and send to the address indicated with the following materials:
Our preferred deadline is April 1, 2013; however applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Early applications are encouraged. Interviews will begin in mid-February.
Please contact Marianne LaCrosse, General Manager and Education Programs Director, at 650-330-2131.
As a key member of Music@Menlo’s photography and videography team, this intern plays a vital role in documenting the festival through photography. The intern will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills from professionals in areas such as camera operation and lighting as well as filming, video editing, and publishing online. Download Full Description »
The Artist Liaison serves as the primary point of contact for artists and coordinates logistics, including travel, housing, local transportation, and scheduling. The responsibilities of this internship are demanding, yet the role will be extremely rewarding for the right candidate. Download Full Description »
The Development Intern works with the development team on overall fundraising strategy through a variety of fundraising activities focused on membership development and audience, donor, artist, and student services and amenities, while learning valuable, practical skills in fundraising, event planning, and arts management at over 75 public and private events during a three-week period. Download Full Description »
The Donor Stewardship Intern works with the development team on donor cultivation and stewardship strategy through planning and executing VIP donor benefits and services for 150 VIP patrons, while learning valuable, practical skills in fundraising, donor relations, event planning, and arts management at over 75 public and private events during a three-week period. Download Full Description »
Event Planning and Catering Interns plan and execute a number of activities and events focused on audience member, donor, guest artist, student, and participant services and amenities. Download Full Description »
Merchandising and Sales Interns work with the marketing and accounting teams to plan and execute a number of activities focused on the marketing and sales of festival merchandise. Download Full Description »
The Operations Intern works closely with Music@Menlo staff to carry out a number of critical activities related to operations and production management and has the opportunity to gain skills in leadership, human resource planning, and event planning. Download Full Description »
The Patron Services and Ticketing Interns serve as the first point of contact for the festival’s box office and work closely with Music@Menlo staff to carry out a number of essential activities focused on community relations and patron services. Download Full Description »
Production Interns work closely with the festival’s Production Manager to plan and execute all production aspects of festival events. The production team is responsible for organizing and running all aspects of rehearsals and concerts, including staging, lighting, and choreographing and executing all stage changes and strike.Download Full Description »
The Publications and Publicity Intern works directly with Music@Menlo’s Marketing Director on the production of the festival’s publications and design collateral. Experience with graphic design software and publication layout is a must. Download Full Description »
The Recording Engineering Intern works directly with Music@Menlo’s six-time Grammy Award-winning recording producer in all aspects of the preparation, recording, mixing and mastering processes. Requires a classical music background and ability to read music. Download Full Description »
Student Liaisons have a unique opportunity to gain valuable, practical skills in coordinating operations and logistics of a day program for talented youth participating in the festival’s Chamber Music Institute. Download Full Description »
Music@Menlo’s internship program is made possible, in part, by the David B. and Edward C. Goodstein Foundation.