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SummerFest 2012 Internship Program

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PLEASE NOTE: The internship application period has closed - All interns who have been selected will be notified no later than March 15th

This summer, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will offer summer internships in production, administration and artistic administration. Our new internship program provides the opportunity for young professionals and students to experience first-hand the fast-paced world of repertory opera and Music Theater.

Interns experience a unique combination of practical, work and educational programs, each designed to further your professional growth. Interns will also work directly with professionals under the guidance of supervisors and staff. Interns are engaged for a period of 5 – 10 weeks, with some positions beginning in mid-May. Limited Housing may be provided as available. Self-provided transportation is an advantage. Select internship positions will receive a weekly stipend. Internship descriptions are listed below. You must be at least 18 years old by the internship start date to be considered. For a downloadable Internship poster, click HERE.

Unpaid Internships:
Music Administration – June 20 – July 19
Assists Conductors and Chorus Masters and organizes, collates, and copies music as necessary. Work generally occurs during evening and weekends.

Photography – June 4 – July 19
Shoots, edits and produces (using your own equipment) photographs of performances, rehearsals, cast parties and other company related events for use on the website, in promotional presentations and for local and national publications.


Social Media - June 4 – July 19
Assists Opera Theater staff in coordinating social media outreach; organizing and executing media interviews; basic video editing; developing ideas for and attending promotional events. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills and proficiency in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube)


Special Events – June 25 - July 19 (2 positions)

Duties include acting as host/hostess for VIP functions and gatherings; creating displays, themes and decorations for cast parties and other events; creating opening night gifts and welcome baskets for the cast and creative team of each show; as well as a variety of administrative tasks. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills. Work generally occurs during afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Video Production – June 4 - July 19
Shoots, edits and produces (using your own equipment) video of performances, rehearsals, cast parties and other company related events for use on the website, in promotional presentations and for local television stations.


Internships with $200/week stipend: (works 40+ hours/wk)
Box Office Administration – June 25 - July 19 (3 positions)
Assists Box Office Manager with day-to-day operations of the box office; acts as a company representative and reference for patrons. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills.


Company Management – May 21 - July 19

Assists General Manager and Business Operations & Communications Manager with administrative and clerical functions and works with guest artists and production staff as required. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Marketing – May 21 - July 19
Assists Marketing staff with day-to-day operations and developing and implementing low-cost marketing strategies, database management, and administrative tasks. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and some graphic design knowledge.


Production Management – May 30 - July 19
Assists Artistic Director, Directors, and Technical Director, works with cast, stage crew and all technical departments; as well as a variety of administrative tasks. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Young Artist Program Administration – May 30 - July 19 (2 interns)
Assists with housing and transportation of cast members, acts as liaison between Resident/Young Artists and Opera Theater staff, performs administrative tasks and works with guest artists and production staff as required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Internships with $250/week stipend: (works 50+ hours/wk)

Costume Coordination – June 18 - July 19 (2-3 positions)
Works closely with Costume Coordinator, Costume Designers and Wardrobe Mistress. Assists with fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs and dressing. Helps with costume inventory & labeling. Takes notes during tech and opening nights.


Hair/Make-Up Design – June 20 - July 19 (2-3 positions)
Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with fittings, setting & steaming wigs. Organizing wigs and implementing make-up designs during performances. Prior experience working with hair, wigs and make-up helpful.

Stage Management – May 30 - July 19 (2-3 interns)
Assists Stage managers with rehearsals, schedules, works backstage during technical/dress rehearsals and performances, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid drivers license.


Technical Production – June 20 - July 19
Carpentry (2 positions)
Assists Technical Director and set designers in the building and implementation of the sets, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Lighting (2 positions)
Assists Lighting Designers with pre-show drafting, light plots and other lighting/technical duties as assigned. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Property Coordination (1 positions)
Assists Props Coordinator in obtaining and designing props, and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid drivers license
Set Design (1 positions)
Assists set designers with pre-show need, and assists Technical Director in the implementation and building of the set. Must have a valid drivers license.

Additional Information

Must be at least 18 years old by start date of internship to be considered. Limited free housing may be available during the internship period of residence, and each intern is responsible for his or her food and transportation to and from Pittsburgh. If necessary, local transportation may be supplied by Opera Theater. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars.

No phone calls, please. If you have any questions, email Dennis Robinson, Jr. at drobinson@operatheaterpittsburgh.org

 


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