EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF REPERTORY OPERA
The Glimmerglass Festival offers students 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 student 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.
Some positions for this season have been filled; to see a listing of all internships we offer for future planning, click here.
Audio/Video Engineering 1 position. May 13 – Aug 28. 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/Rigging 2 positions. May 6 – August 11. Assist carpentry and rigging staff with construction and modifications to 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 carpentry skills and basic knowledge of single purchase counterweight systems. MIG welding experience required.
Costume Administration 1 position. May 13 – August 11. Assist designers and management with shopping and tracking of purchases. Some shop work as required. Valid driver’s license with clean record required.
Costume Shop Floor 1 position. May 14 – August 11. Assist 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.
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.
Electrics 4 positions. May 20 – September 1. 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 2 positions. June 10 – August 28. Assist with all aspects events management including venue design, setup, and operation. The position includes significant involvement with the production of events hosted in various venues.
Hair & Makeup 2 positions. May 27 – Aug 24. Assist with daily maintenance of wigs; pre-performance application of make-up, wigs and hairstyling for singers; and backstage quick changes. Ventilating experience necessary, and a congenial and artist-oriented personality is essential. Portfolio required
Production Administration 1 position. May 6 – September 1. Assist production management and production department heads with office routines, scheduling, shopping, purchasing and 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.
Properties 2 positions. May 6 – August 11. Assist with construction and procurement of props for four mainstage productions and other events. Basic woodworking skills are required as well, as skills in one or more of the following areas: sewing, sculpting, painting or metal working. No run crew.
Scene Design 1 position. May 13 – August 24. 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 1 position. May 6 – August 11. 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 Operations 6 positions. Mid May – September 1. Install repertory scenery; run deck, rail and properties; perform daily scenery changeovers; build, install and maintain rehearsal scenery and properties; and strike scenery at the end of the season. The position requires a basic familiarity with stage procedures and is an excellent introduction to most aspects of production. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential.
Technical Direction 1 position. May 6 – September 1. Assist Technical Director 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 3 – September 1. Assist in maintaining large repertory costume inventory, dressing principals and chorus, and backstage quick changes. Interns also 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 on February 13, 2019.
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 VIP 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.
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.
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 patrons. 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.
Public Relations 1 position. May 20-August 25. Working within the Communications Department, assist with preparation and distribution of press materials and both internal and external communications; 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.
Information Technology 1 position. Late May – Late August. The IT Intern will help install, update and support Windows/Apple software and hardware; function as Help Desk support, respond to end-user requests via phone, in person and electronically; track changes and support calls; map network drives and printers, monitor systems and network status; run preventative maintenance. Knowledge of MS Office 2010, as well as the Google Suite, Windows and Mac OS are desirable. Must be able to lift and carry 40lbs. There is occasional local travel between remote offices and properties, driver’s license with clean driving record required.
Updated on January 25, 2019.
All Artistic Internship positions have been filled for the 2019 season.
Updated on February 13, 2019.