2018 Spring Semester Internship Opportunity

Charlottesville Opera is looking for an Arts Administration Intern to assist in preparing for our 41st Summer Season. This internship runs from February to May 2018 with an opportunity to remain on for the summer (through early August). This season includes two new productions of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Sondheim’s Into the Woods .

Charlottesville Opera’s mission is to produce high-quality opera and musicals at affordable prices, to provide training opportunities and experience for Young Artists, Apprentice Singers, and Interns, to provide educational nourishment for all sectors of the community, and to enrich the cultural vitality and quality of life in Virginia.

For 40 years, Charlottesville Opera has produced opera and other musical performances first at Ash Lawn-Highland, and now at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Charlottesville Opera also provides a wide range of educational programs for youth and adults as well as professional training for emerging artists and interns.

Interns work in all aspects of running a professional opera company and can also focus on a variety of areas, including production, marketing, development, and more. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to meet with arts administrators from throughout the Charlottesville community. Our small staff size means that interns are a truly integral part of Charlottesville Opera.

Responsibilities and Duties

In preparation for another great season, intern duties would consist of the following:

  • Assist in 2018 playbill, including selling ads and compiling artist information.
  • Creating educational material for our spring Artist in Residence Program, bringing opera into local schools and after-school programs.
  • Assist with upcoming events as needed.
  • Assist with general office administration as needed.

Qualifications and Skills

  • An appreciation for the arts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • An attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to take direction well
  • A valid driver’s license

This internship will be roughly 15 hours a week, with more hours possible during event preparation in our Charlottesville Office. A stipend of $500 will provided at the end of the contract as well as two complimentary tickets to each summer production. Access to a car is preferred and housing will not be provided. If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@charlottesvilleopera.org.

Application deadline: February 16th, 2018

2018 Summer Internships

Charlottesville Opera offers college students and recent grads an exciting, hands-on look at arts administration, theater production, and non-profit management through our year-long internship program. Charlottesville Opera offers several internships for college students both during the Summer Season. Interns work in and are exposed to all aspects of running a professional opera company, but can also focus on a variety of areas, including production, marketing, development, and more. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to meet with arts administrators from diverse sectors throughout the Charlottesville community. Our small staff size means that interns are a truly integral part of Charlottesville Opera; we encourage interested students to read on for available opportunities and instructions for application. Apply today to be part of this rewarding educational experience!

 

Qualifications

2017 Summer Interns

2017 Summer Interns

The size of our company means that every intern will be involved in a variety of tasks involving multiple departments, and that each internship can be tailored to the interests of the candidate. In addition to their specific duties, interns are expected to perform general office duties as needed, i.e. answering phones, photocopying, research, etc. Therefore all interns are expected to have these minimum requirements:

  • An appreciation for the arts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • An attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to take direction well
  • A valid driver’s license

All interns will report to the Assistant to the Executive and Artistic Directors.

Areas of Focus

Each internship is tailored to the interests and goals of the candidate. See below for the four major areas of focus available. When applying, make sure to indicate which areas interest you most.

EDUCATION

Works closely with the Education Committee of the Guild to design education materials; provide support for education programs including KidsFest, Opera Connects for Teachers, and Artist-in-Residence; and create and present a program based on the opera for children participating in the Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION

Works closely with the Charlottesville Opera administrative staff to coordinate Young Artist/Apprentice Singer recitals; prep and staff events; compile information packets for artists; liaise with artists and agents; compile ticket information; manage the Charlottesville Opera database; edit other materials related to classical programming; and general office duties.

MARKETING

Works closely with administrative staff to develop and execute marketing and PR related projects; draft press releases; create, edit, and execute print and online marketing campaigns; design and proof printed materials, including outreach performance programs; update the Charlottesville Opera website; draft and send online newsletters; and other projects as needed. Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred, as well as a working knowledge of HTML. Including a design portfolio is recommended if you are interested in this position.

 

MUSIC

Works closely with the Assistant Conductor to set up and prep rehearsals; prepare scores for performance and return; run title slides for opera performances as needed; assist with outreach performances; and other projects as needed. A background in music and strong score-reading skills are necessary for this position.