Internships

Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

Since 2003, Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program has trained over 295 college students and recent college graduates in the essentials of arts administration and nonprofit management. Each summer, Music@Menlo hires approximately twenty-one interns to work in all departments of the organization, including development, event planning, patron services, merchandising, publications, 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.

Over the course of the summer, interns will acquire skills in project management, communication, customer service, and planning. In addition, interns will 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 management, including nonprofit finance, strategic planning, fundraising, and arts marketing
  • 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, if desired.

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 Guild, and 92nd Street Y as well as other fields in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Take a look inside Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Positions for 2019 will be posted here in the fall.

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS INTERN (3 positions) 

Development and Events Interns will have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in all facets of a nonprofit development department. Projects include planning and executing donor events, fulfilling membership benefits, and interacting with more than 5,000 ticket buyers and 1,000 donors who attend sixty-five public and private events.

MERCHANDISING AND SALES INTERN (4 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 selling both merchandise and concessions. Interns will learn inventory management, sales reporting, and customer relationship management.

OPERATIONS INTERN (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.

PATRON AND DONOR STEWARDSHIP INTERN (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. 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.

PRODUCTION/STAGE CREW INTERN (8 positions)
Playing a key role on the production team, Production/Stage Crew Interns are responsible for all production and technical activities including rehearsal setup, stage changes, lighting, and live streaming. Each intern will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in stage managing one or more performances.

PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY INTERN (1 position)
The Publications and Publicity Intern works closely with Music@Menlo’s Communications Director on the production of the festival’s publications and design collateral. Prior experience with graphic design software and publication layout is strongly preferred.

STUDENT LIAISON INTERN (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 forty young musicians, ages nine to twenty-nine, are enrolled in the Institute, and the interns assist with the day-to-day management, including communication planning, scheduling, and maintaining a safe, healthy, and fun environment.


Questions?
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.