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At this time, all Summer 2021 Internships have been filled.  Look back next year!


Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera this summer as they delve into the world of film!  If you’ve ever wanted to work in and around a film set, while also making opera, this internship is for you.

Internships are important to Pittsburgh Festival Opera.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old at start of internship to be considered. Extremely 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.

Due to the nature of this years production, Interns will be required to have their own car, or transportation to filming sites.

Please email rmtjoy@pittsburghfestivalopera.org with any questions.

Internships General Information

These are paid internships with a fee of $200 a 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 required.
  • Must be willing to comply with any and all Pittsburgh Festival Opera COVID-19 protocols


Assists Artistic Administrator 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 Google Suite skills required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Some knowledge of music, opera, and rehearsal procedure desirable.  This position will be required to be in person.


This position will work with PR Manager to curate social media calendar for the summer.  Will create posts for Facebook and Instagram, as well as any website updates throughout the summer.  This position will coordinate with Artistic Administrator for any interviews with Young Artists or Production Staff.  Must be an independent worker.  Social Media experience required.  Video and photo editing experience preferred.  Flexible schedule. 15-20 hours/week. Most hours will be remote, but some in-person time will be required.


Assist the daily production process, performing a variety of tasks as needed throughout production planning and on-site recording days; including distributing production schedules, coordinating between departments (Producers/Directors, Costumes, Makeup/Wigs, Props, Music Director), assisting with craft services.

Accountable to Director(s) of Photography and Lighting Director to help move and set equipment, per their judgement,  throughout shoot days.  Will also assist Producers and Director with various tasks during pre-production planning and on shoot days, including but not limited to: copying and distributing schedules, libretto excerpts, attending to artists’ requirements on set (eg supplying refreshment & other needs during filming).   Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.  This position would be ideal for a Stage Manager looking to utilize their skills in the digital world.

COSTUMES (2 positions)

Works closely with the Head of Costumes and costume designers. Assists with costume construction, fittings, obtaining costume pieces, shoe painting, repairs, and dressing.  Helps with costume inventory and labeling.  Acts as dresser during filming weeks.  Knowledge of Pittsburgh thrift and costume scene useful. Film experience desirable.

HAIR & MAKE-UP (2 positions)

Assists Hair/Make-up Designer with implementing hair make-up designs for performances. Collaborates with costume department as needed.  Hair and Makeup will be responsible for applying daily makeup to on set artists, as well as daily styling of hair during shooting weeks.  Knowledge of and interest in film hair and makeup desirable.


Assist head Props and Set Dresser, with input from Director, in the creation and procurement of props, decor items, materials and furniture for the shooting sites/sets.  During principal photography, oversee load in and load out of materials at shooting locations. Following Props/Set Dresser and Directors’ instructions, move props and decor to accommodate lighting and camera crews, according to the shooting script, and keep  track of continuity and be accountable for collecting and returning all materials in good condition.  Must be able to lift 50lbs.


The festival is for and by the people. Please join us as an usher, office staff, outreach volunteer, box office helper and any one of the important roles that volunteers take on to make the festival sing. Learn more with Roxy MtJoy at 412.621.1499 or to rmtjoy@pittsburghfestivalopera.org

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