Internships

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.

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

One submission per applicant; once you have emailed your application, a prompt will follow with directions to complete a hiring application form, where you will have the opportunity to select the top three internship positions you are interested in.

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 and expected graduation date, 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 you have emailed your application, 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 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.

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

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.

Updated on March 15, 2019. 

Administration


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.

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.

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 March 13, 2019. 

Artistic


All Artistic Internship positions have been filled for the 2019 season.

Updated on February 13, 2019.