Music@Menlo’s Arts Management Internship Program

As of April 1, we are no longer accepting applications.

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.

For the 2020 summer festival, we offer eight different positions and expect to hire a total of twenty interns. Application deadline extended to February 22, 2020. Late applications will be accepted and considered until all positions have been filled. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position. Please read each job description (below) and submit the application form along with supporting materials to the address shown on the application form. Information about housing.


Development 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 500 donors who attend sixty-five public and private events.

This two-person team will learn skills in event planning, hospitality, and customer and patron relationship management. As part of the development department team, interns will manage private events, hospitality, and event concessions.

Merchandising 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.