Internships, Jobs, and Festivals


Looking to learn about how to run a successful musical enterprise or non-profit? Internships can be a great way to explore and gain skills before graduation.

To begin an internship search:

1.  Browse for positions to determine your interests. Resources include: 

  • Running Start's listing (scroll down)
  • Job boards: MSU Handshake, The Bridge Network: NEC’s online database of jobs, internships, auditions, and competitions (password required, send request to to gain access), Michigan Nonprofit Association,
  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing internship list (email
  • Direct targets: Music Festival websites (eg. Aspen, Music@Menlo, Glimmerglass, Wolftrap), presenting organizations, nonprofits, businesses in the industry that you love
  • Professors in your area
  • Alumni contacts

2.  For internships within the College of Music, make a career advising appointment to draft an internship proposal that reflects your goals and learn about possible departmental/area hosts

3.  Meet with Christine Beamer to determine whether it is in your best interest to get credit for the internship or whether there is external funding available.

  • International students who want to pursue an internship off campus must take the internship for credit, and tie their CPT to the internship course (MUS 466).

Already found your internship but want to work on your internship application, cover letter, or interviewing skills? Come visit Running Start in MPB 202.

Running Start List of Jobs and Internships

Click on a job or internship name to be redirected to their host site.
Updated for Summer 2018.

Job/Internship Name Type of Program Due Date
Appel Farms Arts and Music Center Arts Administration, External Relations, School Programs and Outreach, Special Events and Conference Assistant Rolling
Aspen Music Festival Production Manager, Orchestra Manager, Technical Director, etc. See site for more listings Varies
Bocal Majority Administrative, Music Library, Junior Faculty Members April 1, 2018
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Counselors, Music Staff Rolling
Brooklyn Academy of Music Education Operations, Dance, Visual Arts, Production, Design, Marketing, Humanities Varies
French Woods Festival of Performing Arts Music Staff, Counselors Rolling
Glimmerglass Production, Administration, Artistic Administration March 2, 2018
Interlochen Center for the Arts Counselors, Music Staff
Other jobs and internships available
Kennedy Center Marketing, External Affairs, Programming, Development, Production/Operations, National Symphony Orchestra, Education, Production, Washington National Opera March 30, 2018
Long Lake Camp for the Arts Music Staff Rolling
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts Public Programming and Administrative, Public Relations, Lincoln Center Festival Managements, International Intern, Marketing Partnerships Rolling
Music Academy of the West Piano Technician, Venues Manager, Director of Individual Giving and Donor Relations Rolling
Music at Menlo Merchandising, Development, Hospitality, Patron Services and Donor Stewardship, Publications and Publicity, Production, Student Services, and Operations March 1, 2018
National Public Radio Radio Programs, New Unit, Arts and Entertainment Editorial, Picture and Multimedia, Marketing/Communications, Finance, Development, IT, Legal, Ombudsman, Sponsorsihp, Business Development, Library, Distribution, Digital Services N/A
National Repertory Orchestra Artistic & Education, Development, Personnel, Production Operations & Recording, Marketing & PR, Music Library, Video & Photography, Stage Manager, Orchestra Manager

Stage Manager: January 15, 2018

All other fellowships: January 31, 2018

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Administrative, Library/Director's Assistant, Production Manager, Recording Engineer Rolling
Philadelphia Orchestra Collaborative Learning Program, Development Department Rolling
Round Top Festival Institute Artistic Administration, Technical Assistant February 19, 2018
Santa Fe Music Festival Artistic Administration, House Manager March 2, 2018
Stanford Summer Arts Institute Residential, Music Staff, Camp Life Rolling
Texas Music Festival Orchestra Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Concert Production Manager, Operations/Personnel Coordinator, Operations & Outreach Assistant, Housing Coordinator, Housing Staff, Transportation Coordinator March 1, 2018
Wolf Trap Accounting, Communications and Marketing, Development, Education, IT, Box Office/Group Sales, Artistic Administration, Communications, Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Scene Painting, Props Assistant, Costuming

Internships: February 1, 2018

Opera Apprenticeships: March 1, 2018

Yellow Barn Music School and Festival Production, Public Relations


Priority Deadline: February 1, 2018