Curtis Institute of Music: Sphinx Performance Academy

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. 

With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. During the summer, Curtis provides musicians and music lovers opportunities to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music's "learn by doing" philosophy. 

Curtis' summer and online programs are a direct reflection of the school's mission, and aim to provide the experience described above to exceptional young musicians at little to no cost. 

A Princeton Intern working with Curtis has the opportunity to be a part of this mission, and will bring with them the expected ability to work hard with passion and devotion to civic service. 


Arlington, VA

Internship Description

--Arts Administration, Programming, and Student Life Intern-- 

Arts Administration/Programming: 

  • Assist Artistic Director, Artistic Operations Coordinator, and other program staff with execution of on-campus and online summer programs. 
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. Serve as a resource for program participants’ questions and needs. 
  • Admin/Programming duties may include: 
  • manage email communications with students and parents 
  • program scheduling and logistics 
  • coordinate travel and housing for visiting faculty, maintain itineraries 
  • organize data on enrolled students 
  • attend programs and events and maintain a high level of visibility in the community while enforcing Curtis policies and reporting on issues or incidents. 
  • --assist rehearsal production and proctor classes 
  • --monitor and update online applications 
  • --attend artistic planning meetings for school programs and future summer programs 
  • --social media content creation for marketing purposes 
  • --other tasks based on intern's interest and as needed 

Student Life: 
Intern will live on campus with other staff: 

  • share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’ campus. 
  • assist in the planning of social programming and community building activities for participants. May be asked to chaperone, lead and participate in scheduled daytime, evening, and weekend activities. 
  • have a great awareness of and sensitivity to cultural norms in diverse populations, and multiculturalism. 
  • assist with coordinating program and residence check-in and help students move out after program. 
  • communicate with Associate Dean of Residence Life and Residence Life office about participant well-being, safety, and mental health. 
  • fulfill all on-call/on-duty responsibilities and perform nightly rounds and suite checks. 
  • assist with conducting student suite and floor meetings, and health and safety inspections 
  • attend scheduled staff meetings with residence life team
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 5/23 - 7/29 2022 9:00am  5:00pm  Yes Yes In person

Housing Information

Housing is provided free of charge.

Internship Qualifications

  • Attention to detail, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, racial and/or religious background. 
  • Strong ability to empathize with others in a professional setting. 
  • Propensity to work independently and interdependently within a team. 
  • Ability to learn quickly, creatively solve problems, and take initiative and ownership of projects and responsibilities. 
  • Consistently meets deadlines and juggle competing priorities without sacrificing quality/accuracy. 
  • Demonstrates commitment and can be trusted to follow through on commitments. 
  • Interest in arts administration or arts education. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products and ability to learn new systems.

Additional qualifications:

  • Knowledge of classical music. 
  • Tutoring, classroom management experience. 
  • Prior experience in an administrative role/office setting. 
  • Prior experience as a RA or camp counselor. 
  • Interest in photography, journalism, creative writing may be helpful, but not required.

Writing Sample


Special Requirements 

  • Background Check
  • Intern may be asked to work some evenings and weekends while summer programs are active on campus.