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, Hospitality, Patron Services and Donor Stewardship, Publications and Publicity, Production, 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.

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 development. Though primarily arts-focused, the main themes of these sessions apply across many disciplines. Most seminars take place prior to July 1.

Through project-based, hands-on work, the summer experience allows interns to learn skills in project management, customer service, 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 assistance
  • 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.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 summer festival. Please read each internship description to learn more about job duties, qualifications, work hours, and compensation. For information about housing, click here.

Application Requirements

Complete the internship application and send to the address indicated with the following materials:

  • A cover letter with a brief personal statement and an outline of your career goals, specification of which internships you are applying to, and why you are interested in an internship with Music@Menlo.
  • A current résumé listing relevant coursework, previous experience, and special skills. No transcripts please.
  • Two letters of recommendation, which may be included with your packet or sent separately from author to Music@Menlo (

Application Deadline
Our preferred deadline is March 1, 2017; however applications will still be considered after the March 1st deadline. Early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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Music@Menlo Summer Internship Opportunities

Development (3 Positions)
Development Interns will gain practical skills in patron and donor stewardship and communications, fund-raising principles and practices, and patron services. This team of three interns will plan and execute membership benefits, cultivation activities, donor appreciation events and other activities for approximately 4,000 ticket buyers and 1,000 donors at 65 events during the three-week festival.
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Hospitality (3 Positions)
Hospitality Interns will learn skills in catering and food service business principles and practices, event planning, and customer relationship management. Working with the development staff, this team of three interns assists in the management of pre- and post-concert special events, guest services, and event concessions.
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Patron and Donor Stewardship (2 Positions)
This two-person team serves as the first point of contact for the festival’s ticket office, both in-person and on the telephone. The Patron and Donor Stewardship interns work closely with the development team establishing a positive, direct relationship between Music@Menlo and its patrons and donors by providing ticket fulfillment and specialized customer service. Interns gain valuable experience in communication, customer service, and practical skills in fundraising and arts management.
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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.
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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 will have the opportunity to gain skills in leadership, human resource planning, and event planning.
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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.
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Publications and Publicity
The Publications and Publicity Intern works closely with Music@Menlo’s Communications Director on the production of the festival’s publications and design collateral. Experience with graphic design software and publication layout is required.
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Student Liaison (2 Positions)
This two-person team has a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills in coordinating the operations and logistics of two programs within Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute. Over 40 young musicians, ages 9 to 29, are enrolled in the Institute, and the Student Liaison Interns assist with day-to-day management, including communication planning, scheduling, and maintaining a safe, healthy, and fun atmosphere.
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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.