Administrative Internship Program – Spring/Summer 2022 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis


Interested in a career in arts administration? Want to learn about producing a world-class opera festival? Apply to be an intern for the 2022 Festival Season!

Opera Theatre is known as a center for training young professionals in all aspects of opera, including arts administration. OTSL’s Administrative Intern Program offers direct, on-the-job experience for those interested in careers in arts administration and management.
Past interns can be found employed full-time at Opera Theatre, working at the Metropolitan Opera, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Louis Art Museum, the American Repertory Theater, and more arts organizations all across the country.

Opera Theatre’s administrative internships offer hands-on experience collaborating to produce a world-class opera festival, as well as the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills crucial in today’s arts and non-profit landscape. In addition to working on projects that are integral to the success of the Festival Season, interns are encouraged to learn from and about roles across the entire company, and are invited to attend additional lectures, recitals, rehearsals, and performances as their schedules and COVID protocols permit. The program also includes educational sessions specifically for the interns, designed to further the professional growth of the program participants.



Internship Guidelines

  • If interested, applicants can and are encouraged to apply for more than one position!
  • All internships are paid hourly at the rate of $15.00 an hour, and overtime at 1.5x for any hours over 40 per week.
  • Dates for each position vary (see individual position descriptions).
  • Hours may include some nights and weekends.
  • Housing is not provided. Short-term options in the area are available but are limited.
  • A basic familiarity with opera and classical music is a great help, however it is not required!
  • Applications for the 2022 season will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Note: While the majority of our interns are college students or recent college graduates, this is not required. Any qualified applicants will be considered!


o Artistic Administration Intern
o Development Intern
o Digital Marketing & Media Intern
o Education Intern
o Finance Intern
o Press & Communications Intern



Applicants are asked to submit:

  • Their contact information
  • 2 references – names and contact information
  • Resume (as a PDF)
  • Brief personal statement, of no more than 250 words, that communicates why you are interested in the internship, and what unique skills and/or experience you will bring to the role.

If interested, applicants can, and are encouraged to apply for more than one position!


Qualifications / Requirements


Artistic Administration Intern

Dates of Employment: Mid/Late April – Early July, 2022

Supervisors: Manager of Artistic Planning

Works with: Director of Artistic Administration, Senior Manager of Artistic Administration, Artistic Coordinator, Clayco Artistic Fellow

Hours: Approximately 30-40 hours per week

The Artistic Administration Intern is an essential support member of the Artistic department during the Festival Season, providing administrative support in the areas of artistic planning and artist services to the team and Opera Theatre’s singers, directors, designers, and music staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with logistics such as housing and transportation, scheduling, coordinating auditions, and music library cataloguing.

The Artistic Administration Intern must be able to interact with artists and patrons in a variety of settings and have strong organizational and communication skills. They should have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and an ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment. An interest in classical music and an ability to read music is preferred, but not required.

This position requires that the candidate have their own car (company mileage is reimbursed) and be able to work some evenings and weekends. Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Development Intern

Dates of Employment: Early May – early July (part-time work in April possible)

Supervisor: Senior Manager of Special Events & Strategy

Works with: Director of Development, Senior Manager of Donor Engagement, Development Assistant, Managing Director of Advancement

The Development Intern assists with Opera Theatre's season donor events, which include approximately 20-30 dinners and receptions for patrons, as well as a gala benefit. Many of

these events are in the evenings and on weekends. Responsibilities include organizing invitation mailings, tracking responses, event set-up and clean-up, and updating event attendee lists. The Development Intern will be trained in Tessitura, Opera Theatre's development and box office software.

This position is very detail-oriented and requires great organizational skills. Previous event experience is helpful but not required. Word processing and spreadsheet literacy is required. This position requires a self-motivated individual, able to interact with donors, volunteers, and staff in a range of professional and social situations. Working evenings and weekends required.

Digital Marketing & Media Intern

Dates of Employment: Late April – Late June

Supervisor: Digital Marketing Manager

Works with: Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Graphic Designer & Brand Manager, Press & Communications Manager, Box Office staff

The Digital Marketing and Media Intern will be responsible for assisting with the following: copywriting and layout of marketing emails, daily monitoring of social media engagement, providing friendly and customer-oriented responses to social media inquiries, planning and executing social media influencer events during the season in conjunction with the Press & Communications Intern, the capture of backstage and experiential photo and video content, brainstorming and copywriting of web blog and social media posts, basic photo manipulation and graphic design necessary to aid in the execution of the aforementioned tasks, assisting with Young Friends event planning and staffing, and materials distribution.

Applicants should be strong creative and business writers and possess a strong grasp of digital marketing technologies. Experience managing social media accounts for established groups or organizations preferred. The successful applicant will also show a high level of initiative and organization. This position will be wonderful experience for a quick learner and organized worker who seeks professional mentorship and can work independently on several projects at once.

The Digital Marketing & Media Intern must have their own transportation (company mileage is reimbursed) and must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

In addition to your resume, please submit a PDF or link (if applicable) to any previous digital marketing samples or writing samples.

Education Intern

Dates of Employment: early May – end of June

Supervisor: Director of Education & Engagement

Works with: Education & Engagement Coordinator

Hours: Approximately 30-40 hours per week

The Education Intern will perform administrative duties that support the education department's season activities for young people and adults. This individual will work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, artists, students, teachers, and constituents, assisting with virtual programming including the Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training program, Spring Training Camp for High School Vocalists, Opera Camp for Kids, Music!Words!Opera! Teacher Training Workshops, Docent Presentations, and other seasonal activities.

The ideal candidate should have completed or be currently pursuing a degree in music, theater, arts management, and/or education. Extraordinary attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, strong people skills, and excellent oral and written skills are required. Previous experience in coordinating and/or implementing programs is helpful, and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is necessary. Knowledge of singing and opera repertoire is preferred but not required.

Finance Intern

Dates of Employment: Early/Mid May – Mid July

Supervisors: Director of Finance, Accounting Manager

Works with: Accounting & Payroll Administrator, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk

The Finance Intern will support the work of OTSL’s Finance office, including assisting with data entry, filing, and other administrative projects. Across the Festival Season, this position will work with all members of the finance department on a project basis.

Ideal candidates should have working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel. This position requires that the intern be available some evenings and weekends during late May/June.

Press & Communications Intern

Dates of Employment: Late April – Late June

Supervisor: Press & Communications Manager

Works with: Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Digital Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer & Brand Manager, Box Office staff

The Press and Communications Intern will be responsible for monitoring press inquiries and stories surrounding OTSL’s Festival Season, maintaining the company’s press archives, helping coordinate on-site media interviews and press events, distributing in-season media alerts, staffing the theater’s press desk as needed prior to performances, planning and executing social media influencer events during the season in conjunction with the Digital Marketing & Media Intern, coordinating travel and ticket details for visiting press, copywriting marketing messages, proofreading marketing and press publications, transporting visiting critics, sending weekly internal staff updates about local and national press coverage, assisting with Young Friends event planning and staffing, and materials distribution.

The Press & Communications Intern will be an exceptional writer who also possesses extremely high attention to detail. The successful applicant will have a team player attitude, be a quick learner who can work independently on several projects at once, and enjoys people-oriented work.

The Press & Communications intern must have their own transportation (company mileage is reimbursed) and must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Due to the nature of supporting press activities around a performing arts festival, this internship will require the flexibility to accommodate many evening and weekend hours with an ever-evolving weekly schedule. We ask applicants to take this into consideration when applying — one example of a possible weekly 40-hour schedule is below:

  • Mon: 9am-5pm
  • Tue: 9am-5pm
  • Wed: 11am-4pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Thu: 11am-4pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Fri: 9am-3pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Sat: 6pm-8pm

In addition to your resume, please submit at least one professional or academic writing sample (PDF or link).



At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, we value equity, diversity, and mutual respect. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, people with disabilities, and others who have been historically excluded to apply. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our vibrant community. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

OTSL will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion or belief; national, social, or ethnic origin; age; sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression; physical, mental, or sensory disability; family or parental status; genetic information or characteristics; protected veteran status; or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law. OTSL will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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