The Glimmerglass Festival offers students summer internships in production and artistic administration. Our well-known internship program provides a unique combination of practical, work and educational programs, each designed to enrich their ongoing studies and 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 receives a meal allowance of $250 per week and free housing.


Please read these instructions all the way through:

To start the application process, please e-mail your application as one downloadable PDF file (NOT A LINK) and label the file LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (ex: Doe, John):

  • The PDF application should include: a cover letter, resume and three references (for more information read below).
  • Indicate your first choice internship in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please note: Some positions require a portfolio.

Cover letter
– Note your earliest date available and latest departure date. Glimmerglass start dates are often more flexible than end dates. Applications that have start or 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 costume stitcher, crafts, hair & makeup, photography, or scenic design internships, you must send examples of your work. Online portfolio is preferred. Please either include a link within your application pdf, or submit a downloadable pdf labeled LAST NAME, FIRST NAME Portfolio along with your application.

Once you have gathered all your material, email your application packet, and portfolio if applicable, to You will receive an autoreply 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. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2020. Early response is strongly encouraged, as some positions are filled as early as January. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.


Audio/Video Engineering 1 position. May 18 – Aug 30. Assist with installation, use and maintenance of in-house audio & video monitoring/playback systems, a large wired and wireless intercom system and a computer-controlled projection system for projected titles. Requires experience with sound, video, intercom and computer systems.  

Carpentry POSITION FILLED May 11 – July 26. Assist carpentry staff with construction and modifications to scenery; installation of scenery; load-ins and some changeovers.  No run crew. Requires the ability to read drawings and good stage carpentry skills in both wood and metal work. MIG welding experience required.

Costume Crafts 2 positions. May 25 -July 26. Assist with craft work including dyeing, distressing, millinery and footwear of costumes for four productions. Requires theatrical sewing skills and skill in one or more crafts areas. Portfolio required.

Costume Administration POSITION FILLED May 11 – August 9. Assist designers and management with shopping and tracking of purchases. Some shop work as required. Valid driver’s license with a clean record required. 

Costume Shop Floor POSITION FILLED. May 11 – August 9Assist the Assistant Costume Director with costume shop supply inventories, fitting scheduling, pulling/restocking rehearsal requests and daily communications with Assistant Stage Managers. Works with Costume Administrator and Shopper to assist with purchasing, receiving and distribution. Some stitching and general costume shop knowledge required. Valid driver’s license with a clean record required.

Costume Stitcher 4 positions. May-August (Dates Vary). Assist with construction and/or alteration of costumes for four productions. Requires theatrical sewing skills and academic shop experience. Portfolio required.

Projected Titles/Dramaturgy  POSITION FILLED. Assist Dramaturg with creating materials to support current and future festival seasons; program supertitles for all shows; call titles for rehearsals and performances. Successful candidates will read music; possess typing, proofreading and organizational skills; demonstrate attention to detail and professionalism. Opera knowledge is a plus.

Electrics 4 positions. May 25 – August 30. Assist with installing, circuiting and focusing 500+ unit plot; perform daily changeovers; run productions; and strike. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential.

Events Production 2 positions. June 15 – August 26. Assist with event logistics in various venues across campus and in the community, including venue layout, setup, and communication with catering and rental companies. Serve as house managers for venues other than the mainstage theater. Requires the ability and willingness to move tables, chairs and boxes, as well as perform clearing duties during event meals.

Hair & Makeup 2 positions. June 1 – August 26. Assist with daily maintenance of wigs; pre-performance application of makeup, wigs and hairstyling for singers; and backstage quick changes. Ventilating experience necessary, and a congenial and artist-oriented personality is essential. Portfolio required.

Lighting Supervision 1 position. May 25 – August 30.  Will work closely with the Lighting Supervisors and Lighting Director to document, archive, and maintain two of four operas in repertory. In addition, will act as the second assistant on 2 operas. Must be familiar with Vectorworks, Lightwright, and Microsoft Excel.

Orchestra Operations 3 positionsMay 20 – August 30, 2020. Primary responsibilities include set-up and tear-down of rehearsal rooms and orchestra pit for all orchestral services, transportation of instruments, and attendance at all orchestra rehearsals and performances.  A background in music and/or music ensemble logistics is preferred. Position works closely with orchestra members, conductors and the stage operations team.  Successful candidates will be highly organized, reliable, and have strong interpersonal skills. A sense of humor is appreciated. These positions require heavy lifting (+75 lbs.) and manual labor on a nearly daily basis.  Work is scheduled primarily on weekends and evenings in the summer season specifically catered to the orchestra schedule. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are required. A personal vehicle is highly recommended.

Production Administration 1 position. May 11 – August 30. Assist production management and production department heads with office routines, scheduling, purchasing, budget tracking and staff support— including safety program implementation and crew meals. Requires organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; basic knowledge of production procedures and terminology; computer literacy; and valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Rigging POSITION FILLED. May 11 – July 26. Assist rigging staff with construction and modifications to flying scenery; installation of rigging systems for scenery and lighting equipment; load-ins and some changeovers.  No run crew. Requires the ability to read drawings, good stage rigging skills and basic knowledge of single purchase counterweight systems. MIG welding experience required.

Scenic Design POSITION FILLED. May 18 – August 9. Assist scenic designers during technical rehearsal process with notes, research and drafting. Also assist in prop or paint shop as needed. Requires attention to detail and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Photoshop skills are desirable. Portfolio required. 

Scenic Painting  POSITION FILLED May 11 – August 9. Assist with scenery, prop painting and touch-ups. A strong foundation in drawing, layout, mixing and scenic craft skills is required. No run crew.  Portfolio required.

Stage Management POSITION FILLED.  May 18 – August 25.  Assist stage management team with prep and running rehearsals of mainstage shows; run rehearsals and performances for second stage shows as assigned.  Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, ability to read music, and stage management experience on the academic level with a preference for those with an interest in opera.

Stage Operations 7 positions. May 18 – August 30. Install repertory scenery; run deck, rail, and properties; perform daily scenery changeovers; build, install, transfer, and maintain rehearsal scenery, properties, and rigging; and strike scenery at the end of the season in preparation for rental. The position requires a basic familiarity with stage procedures, ability to frequently and repetitively lift 50lbs, and an attitude that works well in a large team-oriented and fast-paced environment. 

Technical Direction POSITION FILLED. May 11 – August 30. Assist Technical Director (TD) with shop management, drafting, budgeting and technical rehearsal supervision.  AUTOCAD experience required. 3D preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required. The TD intern will get a second stage show to TD on their own.

Wardrobe 4 positions. June 1 – August 30. Assist in maintaining large repertory costume inventory, dressing principals and chorus, and backstage quick changes. Interns are given the opportunity to work in costume shop and/or crafts shop for the first weeks of the contract period and need basic theatrical sewing skills. A congenial and artist-oriented personality is essential. 

Updated December 3, 2019. 

Artistic Administration

Executive Assistant POSITION FILLED. Early May-August 25. Assist Administrative Advisor in supporting Artistic and General Director, including managing appointments, maintaining schedule; preparing correspondence; liaising with staff, Board of Trustees, VIPs, and artists; attending cultivation and special events. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to handle situations with diplomacy and tact. Driver’s license with clean driving record required.

General Administration 1 position. Late May-August 25. Assist Office Manager in daily operations of administrative office. Assist with coordination of communication center; mail processing and distribution, as well as reception duties, shipping and receiving; help other administrative departments with special projects. Requires valid driver’s license with clean record, communication and interpersonal skills as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office.  

Box Office 5 positions. Mid May – August 25. Assist with ticket sales, patron services, and preparation of income reports. Interns will also help with internal requests and coordinating group activities.  Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy.  Customer service skills are desirable. 

Content Marketing 1 position. May 20-August 25. Within the Communications Department, produce two to five pieces of creative marketing copy per week. Brainstorm and draft social media content within the company voice; draft e-commerce copy and assist in the gift shop. Must have excellent writing and proofreading skills with attention to detail, as well as strong research skills. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite and POS systems helpful but not required. Driver’s license with clean driving record required. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

Development 3 positions Early May-late August. Assist with the 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. Event planning, execution, and follow-up is a major component of this internship, including prospect identification, invitation tracking, set-up and logistics, and face-to-face, written, and phone communication with donors. Provide assistance with ticket and trip logistics and help with general development administration and long-range projects, such as the annual fund campaign and grant preparation. 

Successful interns are energetic, fast-working, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to adapt to a fast-paced and changing environment and work successfully as an individual and as part of a team. A musical background is not required, but knowledge of and appreciation for the arts is a must. A good sense of humor and positive attitude are essential.

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 written and interpersonal skills. Experience with Google Suite, excel and front of theater experience or knowledge a plus. 

Company Management 5 positions. Early May-Late August. Assist department responsible for the housing, transportation, and other practical concerns of singers, directors, designers and general personnel, including on-campus transportation of audience members. Must be able to deal positively and tactfully with a variety of logistical arrangements. Must be computer literate, team-oriented, flexible and energetic. Driver’s license with clean driving record required. 

Photography 1 position. June 11 – August 25. Working and learning under the company photographer within the Communications Department, help documents the many facets of the Festival, photographing everything from mainstage performances, rehearsals and coachings, to events and community endeavors. Maintain photo files and occasionally assist company videographer with second shooting and equipment set-up and breakdown. Should be familiar with photographing action in a variety of lighting situations. Familiarity with external flash is helpful but not required. Independent work-ethic, strong communication skills and a high degree of professionalism required; must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Portfolio required.

Public Relations 1 position. May 20-August 25. Working within the Communications Department, assist with preparation and distribution of press materials; work with members of the media and the general public. Help staff the audience services/press desk at all performances. Must have excellent writing and proofreading skills with attention to detail, congenial public manner and basic computer skills in Microsoft Office programs. Driver’s license with clean driving record required. Experience with Google Suite helpful.

Artistic Administration 1 position.  May 18 – August 28.  Assist in coordinating all aspects of the Young Artist auditions, liaising with VIPs and processing ticket requests, acting as the primary contact for the youth opera production team, and assisting with the creation of the daily schedule.  Other duties include managing dress rehearsal tickets and backstage lists. Must have the ability to work collaboratively with staff, artists, and visiting VIPs. This position requires a sound sense of judgment, initiative, and the ability to remain composed under pressure.  Successful candidates will have an interest in pursuing a career in opera or classical music administration, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work on multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment; knowledge of opera repertoire is a plus. Strong editing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite are a must.  This position will include weekends and some evenings. A valid driver’s license and clean record are required. Access to a vehicle is highly recommend. 

Artistic Operations POSITION FILLED May 18 – August 28. Primary duties of the Artistic Operations Intern include coordinating all logistics for ancillary and off-site performances, booking VIP travel and accommodations, creating travel itineraries, and assisting in creation of the daily schedule. This position will be responsible for child wrangling and liaising with parents/guardians of the youth chorus.  Other duties include assisting with artistic planning, liaising with music staff, and assisting the Director of Artistic Administration with artist relations duties, including wellness checks and backstage duty. This position requires strong organization skills, an ability to multitask, and an ability to remain composed under pressure. Successful candidates will have an interest in pursuing a career in opera or classical music administration, a sound sense of judgment, and strong computer skills; a knowledge of opera or classical repertoire is a plus. This position will include weekends and some evenings. A valid driver’s license and clean record are required. Access to a vehicle is highly recommended.   

Music Library POSITION FILLED May 26 – August 8. Primary duties of the Music Library Intern include: marking of full scores, piano/vocal (P/V) scores and orchestral parts for rehearsal figures, cuts, and string bowing changes; notating changes using both hand and computerized engraving techniques and maintaining collection of circulating P/Vs, arias, excerpts and anthologies. Position will work closely with music librarian, conductors, music staff, and orchestra personnel. Candidates should be able to read a full score, be familiar with marking string bowings, have exceptional attention to detail, possess excellent penmanship, and be able to work independently. This position will include weekends and some evenings. A valid driver’s license and clean record are required. Access to a vehicle is highly recommended. 

Updated January 8, 2020.