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.


Audio/Video Engineering 2 positionsMay 14 – August 29. 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 positionsMay 7 – July 22. 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 positionsMay 21 – July 22. 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.

Electrics 5 positions. May 21 – September 2. 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 positionsJune 11 – August 29. 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 28 – August 26. 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 21 – September 2. 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.

Scene Design 1 position. May 14 – August 26. 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.

Stage Operations 8 positions. Mid May – September 2. 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 7 – September 2. Assist Technical Director with supervision of technical rehearsals, scenery load-in and changeovers. Create installation drawings and update ground plans. Assist in carpentry shop as needed. Good problem solving skills and basic AutoCAD skills required.

Wardrobe 6 positions. June 4 – September 2. 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.


General Administration 1 position. Late May-August 26. 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 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.

Communications 2 positions. May 29-August 26. Assist the communications department with day-to-day today marketing and public relations endeavors, including budget tracking and archiving press and marketing materials; assist with preparation and distribution of press materials, pitches, and season promotions; help staff the gift shop and/or press/audience services desk at all performances; help research and analyze ticket sales data and assist with maintaining social media networks. Must have excellent writing and proofreading skills with excellent attention to detail, congenial public manner, and computer skills in Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and POS systems, as well as customer service experience, 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. 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.

Company Management 3 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.


Artistic Administration

Artistic Administration Intern1 positionMay 14 – August 29. Primary duties of the Artistic Administration Intern include coordinating all aspects of the Young Artist auditions, liaising with VIPs and processing ticket requests, assisting with child wrangling, and assisting with the creation of the daily schedule. Other duties include managing dress rehearsal tickets, wellness checks, 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.  Housing provided.

Artistic Operations Intern: 1 position. May 14 – August 29. Primary duties of the Artistic Operations Intern include coordinating all logistics for ancillary and off-site performances, acting as the primary contact for the youth opera and youth chorus production teams, assisting with artist appearances at VIP events, 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, tracking guest artist and youth performer financial forms, liaising with music staff, and assisting the Director of Artistic Administration with artist relations duties, including 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 Intern: 1 position. June 4 – August 31, 2018. 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; maintaining collection of circulating P/Vs, arias, excerpts and anthologies; notating changes using both hand and computerized engraving techniques; and acting as primary librarian for concerts in the Pavilion. 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 Intern(s): 2 positions. May 14 – August 27. 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.

YAP Housing and Transportation Intern: 2 positions. May 14 – August 27. Primary duties of the YAP Housing and Transportation Interns include assisting the Young Artist Program Residence Manager in scheduling Young Artist travel and working in conjunction with the Housing & Transportation department to provide transportation for all YAPs artists to multiple venues. Successful candidates must be highly organized, reliable, team-oriented, energetic, and able to stay positive and calm with a fluctuating schedule and assignments. Proficiency in Word and Excel is a plus. This position will include weekend and some evenings.  A valid driver’s license and clean record are required. This is primarily a driving position. Housing provided.