The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a robust internship program with a highly acclaimed regional professional orchestra, providing learning opportunities in all areas of operations. We are currently accepting applications.
Interns are directly involved in many aspects of operations and work alongside experienced professionals, community members, and a network of arts leaders within the Boulder cultural community. Working in a smaller nonprofit setting both allows and requires interns to be flexible and work within multiple departments. As part of the Phil team, an intern gains solid professional skills while facilitating the day-to-day work at the Boulder Phil. Interns leave the Phil with high quality, professional experience on their resumes and the knowledge and confidence to work successfully in arts administration. Examples of internships include but are not limited to:
Education & Community Engagement Intern (Fall-Spring):
Program Support: Works with the Director of Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) to create supplemental materials for programs throughout the year, both in education and for general publicity of the Boulder Phil. Interns also participate in dialogue about new and expanding programs. Examples of projects include creating curriculum guides and event flyers; facilitating communications with arts partners, patrons, teachers, and students; gathering data and analyzing program impact; coordinating volunteers.
Event Planning and Support: Work with the Directors of EDCE and Development to prepare and execute events throughout the year, including the annual fundraising gala, Discovery Concert program, special events, and community programs. This work includes publicity, recruitment of participants, logistics, and communications. Over the course of a season the intern develops a breadth of skills and experience to enable him/her to serve as lead staff for one or more events.
Grant Writing Support: Assist with preparation of grant proposals relating to education and community engagement s appropriate. Develop understanding of the grant writing process and skills in gathering data and creating persuasive narrative.
The EDCE intern crosses heavily into Development/Marketing in many projects. Interns will work with both the directors on a variety of projects. Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.
Development/Marketing Intern (Fall-Spring):
Special events: Assist with planning and implementation of our annual Boulder Phil Fanfare and other smaller fundraising events and recitals throughout the year. Research and maintain files on current and potential sponsors.
Grant proposals: Assist in writing/editing/submitting grant applications to foundations, government, or corporate funding sources.
Donor relations: Assist Director of Development in writing/sending direct mail solicitation and acknowledgment letters.
Donor prospecting: Conduct background research on potential or current donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals).
Marketing/Audience Development: Conduct grassroots marketing to local groups and student populations, write copy, create and edit website and e-newsletter content.
Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.
Administrative Intern (Summer, and other terms as available):
Marketing & Outreach: Assist with online calendars, mass mailings, proof-reading, market research and promotions.
Patron Relations: Assist with ticketing, database updates, and outreach to social service agencies.
Operations: Maintain recording archive, update repertoire history, and prepare and submit reports for music licensing.
Ideally, this individual will average 10 hours a week during the summer months with flexible scheduling.
For all internships, we seek people with positive attitudes and a willingness to learn. Strong writing, interpersonal skills and attention to detail are required. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word required; HTML and graphics programs a plus. At the end of the experience, the intern should have a good idea of many of the working aspects in a dynamic, hard-working non-profit organization. Interns are generally recent graduates, current graduate students, or career changers. Individuals who have recently completed internships with the Boulder Phil have moved on to full-time employment in arts management, graduate school, or careers in teaching and performing. If interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Internships are unpaid positions. Job perks include complimentary tickets to all Boulder Philharmonic concerts, access to arts leaders across the region, and valuable experience working in a dynamic, mid-sized non-profit organization.
To apply please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra gives equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, citizenship, ancestry, national origin, handicap, disability, political service, political affiliation, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran. In addition, the Boulder Phil will comply with any affirmative action requirements that apply and with all EEO requirements that apply under state and local law.