Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

Since 2003, Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program has trained over 300 college students and recent college graduates in the essentials of arts administration and nonprofit management. Each summer, Music@Menlo hires interns to work in all departments of the organization, including development, event planning, patron services, merchandising, marketing and communications, operations, production, and student services. Music@Menlo interns are paid employees who work side-by-side with the festival’s staff and are highly visible members of the Music@Menlo team.

Through on-the-job training and hands-on experience, interns gain 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 program is a series of educational seminars, most of which take place prior to the festival. Topics include nonprofit finance, strategic planning for nonprofit organizations, fundraising, and arts marketing.

Former interns have gone on to work in the field of arts management at such organizations as the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Performances, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Seattle Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and 92nd Street Y as well as other fields in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

To apply for summer 2023 positions, download the application form here and send with a cover letter and résumé to:
ATTN: Internship Program
50 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027

Alternatively, materials may be sent via email to:

Preferred deadline: February 15, 2023, or until all positions are filled. Applicants may apply for more than one position; please rank your choices on the application form.

Summer 2023 Internship Positions

Stage Manager Intern (Position Filled)
Stage Manager Interns will work with Music@Menlo’s professional stage management staff for all production and technical activities related to rehearsals and performances including staging, lighting, choreographing and executing stage changes, and live streaming. Read the full description here.

Development Intern (Position Filled)
Development interns will gain experience in executing donor events, fulfilling membership benefits, cultivating and stewarding festival supporters, soliciting in-kind contributions, researching individual, corporate, and foundation prospects, and interacting as frontline members of the administrative team with the more than 5,000 ticket buyers and 500 donors who attend sixty-five public and private events during the three-week festival period. Read the full description here.

Events and Hospitality Intern (Position Filled)
As part of the development department team, interns will gain valuable, practical skills through the management of private events, festival hospitality, and event concessions. Read the full description here.

Merchandising and Publicity Intern (Position Filled)
These positions provides practical skills through projects such as publication design, communications and social media outreach, website development, and marketing and public relations activities. Interns are involved in developing festival merchandise and creating a festival store at each venue selling festival merchandise. During the festival, interns will learn inventory management, sales reporting, and relationship management through the sales of festival merchandise. Read the full description here.

Operations Intern (Position Filled)
Playing a key role within the operations team, the Operations Intern will have the opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at an internationally renowned arts organization and to gain valuable, practical skills in leadership, human resources, event planning, and arts administration. Read the full description here.

Patron and Donor Stewardship Intern (Position Filled)
Patron and Donor Stewardship Interns work closely with development department staff to learn about customer service, database use, sales, accounting, and inventory tracking for over 50 public ticketed events, both free and paid, over the course of a three-week Festival. Read the full description here.

Student Liaison Intern (Position Filled)
Approximately forty young musicians will come to Music@Menlo from around the world and the Student Liaison Interns play a key role in managing the day-to-day operations of this intensive summer program for talented young musicians ages ten to thirty. Read the full description here.