Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

Like many arts organizations across the country, Music@Menlo’s artistic directors, board, and staff have been actively discussing potential festival plans for summer 2021 amidst the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of January 20, it is unknown whether there will be a 2021 Music@Menlo festival in-person, online only, or a combination of the two. We will continue to update this page as plans develop. Please follow our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for information and announcements.

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 6, 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, 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.

Program information for summer 2021 will be posted in December 2020.

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, and by Jim & Mical Brenzel.