Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

Information regarding summer 2016 internships will be available in mid-December.

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, Hospitality, Patron Services and Ticketing, Publications and Publicity, Production, Artist Services, Student Services, and Operations. 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, fund-raising, 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, Seattle Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well as other fields in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

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

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

Music@Menlo Summer Internship Opportunities

Artist Liaison (1 Position)
The Artist Liaison Intern serves as the primary point of contact for festival artists and will work closely with festival staff to coordinate logistics including travel, housing, local transportation, and scheduling.

Development (3 Positions)
Development Interns work 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 50 public and private events during a three-week period.

Hospitality (3 Positions)
Hospitality Interns plan and execute a number of activities and events focused on audience member, donor, guest artist, student, and participant services and amenities.

Merchandising and Sales (2 Positions)
Merchandising and Sales Interns will gain skills in the development and marketing of festival merchandise and the creation of a festival store at each venue. Interns will learn inventory management, sales reporting, and customer relationship management.

Operations (1 Position)
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.

Patron Services and Ticketing (3 Positions)
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.

Production/Stage Crew (8 Positions)
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 lighting, stage changes, and live streaming. Each intern will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in stage managing one or more performances.

Publications and Publicity (1 Position)
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.

Student Liaison (2 Positions)
Student Liaisons have a unique opportunity to gain valuable, practical skills in coordinating the operations and logistics of two programs within the organization’s Chamber Music Institute, which runs concurrent with the festival.

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