Internships

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF REPERTORY OPERA

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.

To start the application process, please email one PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and references to hiring@glimmerglass.org.  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.

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

References
– 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.

Portfolio
-When applying for the following: Costumes, crafts, design, hair & makeup, or scenic internships, please send examples of your work. Online portfolio is preferred. Online submissions are limited to 25MB. Large files should be sent via Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

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 hiring@glimmerglass.org.  

No phone calls, please.

Each intern receives a meal allowance of $250 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.

Production


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 Crafts 2 positions. May 20 -August 11. 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 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.

Dramaturg 1 position. June 3 – August 24. Projected Titles/Dramaturgy  1 position. 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 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

Lighting Supervision 1 position.  May 13 – August 24.  Will work closely with the Lighting Supervisors and Lighting Director to document, archive, and maintain 2 of 4 operas in repertory. In addition, will act as the second assistant on 2 operas. Must be familiar with Vectorworks, Lightwright, Microsoft excel, and basic electrician knowledge.

Photography 1 position. June 11 – August 26. 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 clean driving record. 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 Management 2 positions.  May 13 – August 24.  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 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 December 10, 2018. 

Administration


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.

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. Participate in event planning, execution, and follow-up, including prospect identification, invitation tracking, set-up and logistics, and face-to-face, written, and phone communication with donors. Provide assistance to VIP patrons with tickets and trip logistics and help with general development administration and long-range projects, such as the annual fund campaign and grant preparation. Interns will each manage a summer-long project for the department; examples include liaising with the artistic department to match Young Artists with their sponsors, maintaining a summer patron cultivation system, and tracking interactions with patrons in Salesforce. Strong applicants will be energetic, fast-working, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.Must be able to adapt to a fast-paced and changing environment, be flexible in multiple situations, and work successfully as an individual and as part of a team.  Musical background 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 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.

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 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 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.

Updated on December 10, 2018. 

Artistic


Artistic Operations 1 position. May 20 – August 24. 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 recommend. Housing provided.  

Music Library 1 position. April 1 – July 19. 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 recommend. Housing provided.

Orchestra Operations 2 positions. May 20 – August 30. Supervised by the Music Operations Manager, orchestra operations interns are primarily responsible for the set-up and tear-down of rehearsal rooms and the orchestra pit for every orchestral service. Guided by the collective bargaining agreement between AFM Local 443 and Glimmerglass, interns are also responsible for the secure transportation of instruments and strict adherence to all written company policies and CBA work rules. Attendance at all orchestra rehearsals and performances is required. General administrative and run-out performance duties within the artistic department may also be assigned. A background in music and/or music ensemble logistics is preferred. These positions work 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 (+50 lbs.) and manual labor on a nearly daily basis, but they also require meticulous care to protect Glimmerglass and orchestra-owned instrumental assets. 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. Glimmerglass is located in a rural area, therefore access to a personal vehicle is highly recommended. Housing is provided.

Updated on December 10, 2018.