Charlottesville Opera Internship

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OrganizationCharlottesville Opera
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineApril 4, 2020
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$500 / semester
Phone(434) 293-4500


2020 Internships

Charlottesville Opera offers college students and recent grads an exciting, hands-on look at arts administration, theater production, and non-profit management through our internship program. Charlottesville Opera offers several internships for college students both during the School Year and Summer Season. Interns work in and are exposed to all aspects of running a professional opera and musical theater company, but can also focus on a variety of areas, including production, marketing, development, music and education/outreach. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to meet with arts administrators from diverse sectors throughout the Charlottesville community. Our small staff size means that interns are a truly integral part of Charlottesville Opera; we encourage interested students to read on for available opportunities and instructions for application. Apply today to be part of this rewarding educational experience!

Job Duties


Each internship is tailored to the interests and goals of the candidate. See below for the four major areas of focus available. When applying, make sure to indicate which areas interest you most.


Works closely with the Education Committee to design education materials; provide support for education programs including KidsFest, Opera Connects for Teachers, and Artist-in-Residence; and create and present a program based on the opera for children participating in the Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.


Works closely with the Charlottesville Opera administrative staff to coordinate Young Artist/Apprentice Singer recitals; prep and staff events; compile information packets for artists; liaise with artists and agents; compile ticket information; manage the Charlottesville Opera database; edit other materials related to classical programming; and general office duties.


Works closely with administrative staff to develop and execute marketing and PR related projects; draft press releases; create, edit, and execute print and online marketing campaigns; design and proof printed materials, including outreach performance programs; update the Charlottesville Opera website; draft and send online newsletters; and other projects as needed. Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred, as well as a working knowledge of HTML. Including a design portfolio is recommended if you are interested in this position.


Works closely with the Assistant Conductor to set up and prep rehearsals; prepare scores for performance and return; run title slides for opera performances as needed; assist with outreach performances; and other projects as needed. A background in music and strong score-reading skills are necessary for this position.


The size of our company means that every intern will be involved in a variety of tasks involving multiple departments, and that each internship can be tailored to the interests of the candidate. In addition to their specific duties, interns are expected to perform general office duties as needed, i.e. answering phones, photocopying, research, etc.

Skills Required

  • An appreciation for the arts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • An attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to take direction well
  • A valid driver’s license