Experience the world of a repertory opera company! Join us for Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Summer Season as we produce over 22 performances across six weeks in multiple venues around Pittsburgh. Work with top professionals in the industry in your field of interest.
Internships are important to Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Applicants can apply to specialized internships in two major departments: Administration and Production. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at start of internship to be considered. Limited free housing may be available during the internship period of residence, and each intern is responsible for his/her own food and transportation to and from Pittsburgh. If necessary, local transportation may be supplied by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their own cars. A very limited number of internships are available for high school students age 16 and up. Pittsburgh Festival Opera encourages interns to get involved with the social aspects of the Summer Season—company opening and closing parties, production opening night parties, and special events.
All first year administrative interns receive stipends of $100 per week. The following qualifications are important for all administrative positions:
- A passion for the arts.
- Ability to be self-directed but also able to work as a member of a team.
- Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.
- Excellent communication and writing skills; the ability to project a professional demeanor with external constituents, especially at critical or challenging times.
- Good basic knowledge of computer equipment and programs.
- Able to attend performances and social events as necessary (weekday evenings and weekends).
- A car is helpful.
COMPANY & ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION*
One position early June-late July 2018
Assists Associate Artistic Director with copying, filing, data entry, artist management, housing, transportation, and schedule management. Works closely with artistic and administrative staff to schedule rehearsals and other events. Must possess sound judgment, initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to remain composed under pressure. Writing and computer skills required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Some knowledge of music, opera, and rehearsal procedure desirable.
BOX OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
Three positions, late May–late July 2018
Assists Box Office Manager with day-to-day operations of the box office and front of house activities; acts as a company representative and reference for patrons. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Work occurs during business hours, as well as evening and weekend events as scheduled, including all Pittsburgh Festival Opera performances. Must have ability to quickly learn the Vendini database software and assist when needed with extra activities such as dressing of the lobby, cabaret, and bar space. Must be willing to assist with external signage, special events, other patron-centered activities as needed. Computer skills and ability to work under pressure required.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Two positions, spring–late July 2018
Assists Marketing Director with day-to-day operations and developing and implementing marketing strategies, database management, and administrative tasks. Develops relationships with other organizations to promote specific productions and reach targeted audiences. Drafts marketing copy (social media, direct mail, promotional pieces, e-blasts, social media text, etc.) and program copy. Proofreads and edits marketing materials and programs. Acts as liaison with community groups and media as appropriate, including information fairs and events. Inputs ticket sales data and analyzes ticket-buying trends. Assists with marketing-related front-of-house duties as necessary during events and season. Top applicants will demonstrate strong writing skills via required writing samples, clear spoken communications skills reviewed via initial phone screening, strong organizational skills, and proofreading test during a personal interview. Desktop publishing, Excel, and photography skills helpful. Applicants with specific photography and/or video skills may be considered for focused internships in those areas.
MUSIC, ORCHESTRA, & ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION*
One position, early June–late July 2018
Assists Associate Artistic Director and production conductors with copying and distributing music; procuring and transporting instruments; rehearsal room and orchestra pit set-up and changeover; and attendance at orchestra rehearsals and performances. Appropriately qualified interns may also be able to serve as an assistant conductor, assistant chorus master, or assistant repetiteur. Intern will also assist in the administration of Young Professional Artists Program with forty young professional directors, singers and pianists. Intern will learn Musician Union rules and gain experience managing a professional orchestra. Must be reliable and flexible, with good interpersonal and organizational skills, and a background in classical music and/or opera. Proficiency in Sibelius and knowledge of the opera languages is highly desirable.
DEVELOPMENT & SPECIAL EVENTS ADMINISTRATION
One position, early June–late July 2018
Intern will work with the Development Director to strategically plan and implement donor-centric events and ongoing patron engagement strategies. Intern will be responsible for generating acknowledgement letters and analyzing donor trends and event ROI. Intern will assist with patron database updates and operations of the box office, and act as a company representative and reference for patrons on phone. Intern may also assist with grant management, research, and donor cultivation activities, and compile data and ancillary materials as needed for grant requests. Applicants should have excellent written and communication skills. Work generally occurs during business hours and some evening/weekend events as scheduled.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION*
One position, early June-late July 2018
Intern will assist the Program Director with the administration of the company's Young Professional Artists Program, which hosts nearly forty talented singers, pianists, and directors in residence with the company for the Summer Season. Intern will act as liaison between Young Professional Artists and PFO staff, perform administrative tasks to maintain the organization and management of the Young Professional Artists Program, and work with guest artists and production staff as required. Must possess sound judgment, initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to remain composed under pressure. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. A background in music, opera, and rehearsal procedures is desirable.
PHOTOGRAPHY, MEDIA PRODUCTION, & ADMINISTRATION
One position, Spring-late July 2018
Assists Marketing Director and Associate Artistic Director by creating promotional content for the summer season, as well as photographing events. Intern is responsible for documenting all summer productions and outreach events and archiving them in a timely and organized manner. Intern will support audio/visual technical needs in the production department, depending on experience. Top applicants will have photography skills, proficiency in video editing software (chiefly, Final Cut Pro) and possess knowledge in theatrical sound technology. Experience with theatrical projection is desirable.
*A high performer in this position may be a candidate for an anticipated full-time job opening after the summer season.
Paid interns in the Production realm experience practical work designed to foster professional growth. Interns will also work directly with the expert professionals who serve as our department heads. Interns are engaged for a period of five–ten weeks, with some positions beginning in late May. All first year interns receive a weekly stipend of $200, and housing can be provided as available. Self-provided transportation is an advantage, and a flexible schedule is necessary for some internship tracks. Some experience at a university level in area of specialty is necessary. All interns may, on occasion, be asked to assist colleagues in technical areas other that their specialty—a team-oriented attitude is essential.
CARPENTRY & CREW
Four positions, early June–late July 2018
Assists Technical Director and set designers in all areas of construction, load-in, rigging, running, changeover, and striking of sets and scenery for 3 mainstage shows and smaller events. Other duties as assigned. May participate in run crew. Welding experience desirable. Must have a valid driver’s license. These interns work with Technical Director Malcolm Callery, a master teacher and retired professor of technical theater at California University of Pennsylvania.
Four positions, early June–late July 2018
Works closely with the Head of Costumes and costume designers. Assists with costume construction, fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs, and dressing for 4 mainstage shows and smaller events. Helps with costume inventory and labeling. Takes notes during tech and opening nights and participates in run crew. Design opportunities may also be available by agreement for the Young Artist scenes programs.
Four positions, mid June–late July 2018
Assists with installing, circuiting, and focusing theatrical lighting plots, performs daily changeovers, participates in run crew (spot and board) and strike, and other duties as assigned. Requires an interest in theater and thorough experience with stage electrics. Some design and assistant design opportunities may be available. Sound engineering experience also desirable, but not required. These positions are supervised by Bob and Madeleine Steineck, and have over 35 years of lighting experience between them.
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Two positions, mid June–late July 2018
Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with fittings, setting and organizing wigs, and implementing make-up designs for performances. Collaborates with costume department as needed. May involve significant design opportunities. Knowledge of and interest in opera desirable.
PROPERTIES CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT
Two positions, early June–late July 2018
Assists Props Coordinator in obtaining and designing props, maintains and strengthens institutional relationships with local university drama departments, maintains up-to-date prop inventory, organizes returns at the end of the festival, and completes other duties as assigned. Intern may assist other production departments on occasion. Must have experience with props and a valid drivers license.
Five positions, early June–late July 2018
Assists stage managers with rehearsals and schedules, works backstage during technical/dress rehearsals and performances, and other duties as assigned. Intern will run rehearsals in the absence of the stage manager and collaborate significantly with other production departments. May involve calling opportunities for the intern with the right experience. Interns will work with Kathleen Stakenas, a seasoned opera director and stage manager.
One position, early June–late July 2018
Assists with painting scenic elements for the Festival, and assists Technical Director in the implementation and building of the set (i.e., set construction and dressing).
Part-time high school summer internships are available in the following areas:
- Technical: Carpentry, Electrics
Pittsburgh Festival Opera (PFO) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PFO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company works. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.