The Glimmerglass Festival offers summer internships in production, administration and artistic administration. Our well-known internship program provides a unique combination of practical, work and educational programs, each designed to further professional growth.

Our interns join the program after gaining an interest and some experience through their academic studies. Interns work directly with noted professionals under the guidance of supervisors and staff from many of the best theaters, opera companies and schools in the nation. Interns are engaged for a period of 7 – 18 weeks, with some positions beginning as early as April.

Each intern will receive a meal allowance of $225.00 per week and free housing.

To start the application process, please email one PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and references to Your first choice internship/position should be indicated in the subject line of the email. Some positions may require an additional portfolio attachment.


Cover Letter

– Note earliest date available and latest departure date. Glimmerglass start dates are often more flexible than end dates. Applications that have start and end dates significantly outside of the dates provided below will not be considered.


– Include mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, education (post high school), work and internship experience (with dates).


– Provide contact information for three references. Indicate your relationship to each reference, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Applications listing “References upon request” will not be considered.


– When applying for the following: Costumes, crafts, design, hair & makeup, scenic or photography internships, please send examples of your work. Online portfolio is preferred. Online submissions are limited to 10MB. Large files should be mailed on CD/DVD to Glimmerglass Festival, Intern Search Department, P.O. Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Once emailed, a prompt will follow with directions to complete a hiring application form. Individuals who do not finish the application process by completing the form will not be considered.

For further information, e-mail the Hiring Search Department at

No phone calls, please.

Each intern will receive a meal allowance of $225.00 per week and free housing.

Early response is strongly encouraged. Some positions are filled as early as January. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.


If you have not received a response at this time, please be advised we are still considering applications for 2nd and 3rd choice positions

Box Office 5 positions. Mid May – August 26. Assist with ticket sales, patron services, and preparation of income reports. Interns will also help with VIP requests and coordinating group activities.  Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy.  Customer service skills are desirable.

Development  3 positions.  Early May-late August. Assist with administration and execution of summer fundraising programs and events, including: prospect research, analysis of prospective donors and the subsequent one-on-one engagement of selected patrons. Provide assistance to VIP patrons with tickets and trip logistics; help with general development administration and long-range projects, such as the annual fund campaign and grant preparation. Successful interns will be energetic, fast-working, computer literate and have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as a good sense of humor.  Graphic design, publishing/editing experience a plus but not required.

House Management  1 position. Late May-late August. Assist House Manager with management of theater and secondary venues to ensure audience comfort and safety; solicit, schedule and train volunteer ushers. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Prior front of house experience a plus.