Please visit the student page for the UD Career Service Center to find resources through the university, as well as Handshake to find current job and internship listings, within and outside the university, that you can apply to through the site.
If you would like to talk to a faculty member to learn more or ask questions about internships, please contact the Assistant Professor of Music Management Studies, John Sarro, at email@example.com.
Generally, interns, with their supervisors, will develop a list of learning objectives and goals that they would like to accomplish and are assigned a project to be completed during their time. Interns may participate in staff meetings and attend events and performances of the organization or venue. Please note that internships in performing arts/the music industry are generally unpaid unless otherwise specified. College credit may be available.
Application materials may include: Resume, Cover Letter, 1-2 writing samples, letter or recommendation or simply references
Possible positions that are generally offered as internships may include:
- Data AnalysisDevelopment (Donor Relations, Corporate/Foundation Relations, Individual/Planned Giving, Fundraising, Special Events)
- Education (Community Outreach, Community Partnerships, Audience Enrichment, Education Evaluation and Research)
- Human Resources
- Institutional Strategy and Planning
- Marketing (Graphic Design, Commnication, Social Media, Interactive Design and Analysis)
- Operations (Production, House Management)
- Public Relations
Timeline for Summer Internships
- Mid-fall: begin looking for internship opportunities near you (in an area accessible from where you will be living). Compile a list of all the possibilities and understand what application materials you will need. Make sure you have a resume and cover letter prepared and, if not, reach out in the fall for help constructing them. Visit Resumes and Cover Letters.
- By January: Be sure to apply and apply early, by the beginning of January. There is usually an application deadline by March; however, most internships interview and accept interns on a rolling basis. By applying early, you are ensuring that your application will be read and considered sooner rather than later.
- Follow-up: E-mail every two weeks after you apply to follow up on your application. This sends a message that you are passionate, prompt, and proactive, and that this internship is a priority. Follow up with the same e-mail address to which you sent your application materials. For most small-medium size organizations, you will be connecting with an individual staff member. However, for larger organizations, you will have sent your application to a general Human Resources e-mail. It will be hard to keep in contact with the organization; however, continue to reach out.
- Mid-spring: Hopefully an interview! In-person interviews are best. However, do not be afraid to ask for a Skype interview if the organization is too far away to visit for just one interview. Make sure you review your resume and cover letter, study the organization, and practice talking about your experience and why you are interested in this specific opportunity. Some organizations will reach out for a second interview, but this is not always the case.
- Follow-up: Again, follow up immediately after your interview and reach out to the specific staff members that conducted your interview, thanking them for the opportunity to meet with you. Continue to follow up by e-mail every two weeks until you receive notification of the status of the position. This may take a very long time, depending on the organization. Be patient!
Things to Keep in Mind When Applying
- What do I want to learn about? What are my interests? What do I already know and don’t know?
- What type organization am I looking for? What values do I find important in a work environment or work mission? Do I want to work in an organization that is large or small? For profit or nonprofit?
While it is important to think about what you are interested in learning about, do not limit your options based on any one factor. Be open-minded, think broadly, and consider everything. Every opportunity has something extremely valuable and new to offer, even the opportunities that did not jump out to you on their own. You will learn a lot about every aspect of the organization just by being in the work environment and working alongside professionals. It is better to have gained any experience than none at all. And it is even sometimes more valuable to learn about what you do NOT want to do, and become exposed to the wide array of opportunities available to you for your future and career.
- American Association of Independent Music
- link to the Job Board (including internships) of the organization that helps support and promote independent record labels
- Career portal for various jobs and internships in the entertainment industry, including music, radio, theater, etc.
- Look for job and internship opportunities on LinkedIn and follow your favorite organizations!
- Community Music School Children’s Choir
- three year-long internships
- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- Master Players Concert Series
- contact Professor Xiang Gao for information about year-round internships
- REP: Resident Ensemble Players
- offers unpaid opportunities to students
- Vita Nova Restaurant
- Grand Opera House Wilmington
- can offer part-time internships
- Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, UPenn
- Marketing and Communications Position
- Franklin Institute
- Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance: database of jobs and internships in the Philadelphia area
- Philadelphia Orchestra
- Kimmel Center
- Longwood Gardens: Kennett Square, PA
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts
- Pennsylvania Ballet
- Special Events and Development Position
Philadelphia Museum of Arts
- no summer internships
- World Cafe Live
New York City
- Carnegie Hall Internships
- Jazz at Lincoln Center
- Lincoln Center Internships
- Live Nation
- Madison Square Garden Company
- Manhattan Theatre Club
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- Phase One Network
- Public Theater
- Reservoir Media Management
- Sony Music Entertainment
- The End Records
- Universal Music Group
- Warner Music Group: Record Labels are owned by Warner Music Group
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- Summer Education Intern
- Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Internship Listings: Internship listings in Baltimore area
- Internships in Baltimore/DC: Peabody Institute provides current list of internships
- Internships in DC: American University provides a list of arts management internships, most in DC
- Kennedy Center Internships
- includes internships specific to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera
- Washington Ballet, The
- Washington Performing Arts
- Wolf Trap Internships