Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring young minds through music, profoundly changing lives and our community for the better. MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. We serve 1,000 of the area’s young musicians who come from more than 200 schools, 60 communities, and as many as 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Each year we provide outreach programs to an additional 6,000 youth and reach an audience of 25,000 through more than 100 public performances.

Today, we offer more than 40 ensembles and supplemental training options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, and jazz and steel pan bands to music theory, composition, and international tours, providing quality musical experiences for a wide range of skill levels.

Programmatic structure includes beginning, intermediate and advanced ensembles, creating a ladder for advancement throughout their participation. Student participants must audition each season for membership, as well as for seating assignments within their ensemble. While involvement in ensembles is fee-based, the organization works diligently to ensure programming is affordable and accessible to the community; membership fees cover less than one-third of the actual cost per member. Need-based financial aid is available for all programs.

What makes MYSO unique is the magnitude of its programming (more than 40 options), the diversity of musical genres and training available to students, and the organization’s significant reach to students with barriers to music education. Close to 40% of the organization’s membership presently receives financial aid.


Milwaukee, WI

Internship Description

The 8-week project will be focused on one of the following departments/teams within MYSO: Finance/Accounting, General Operations, Philanthropy, or Marketing/Communications. We have several opportunities, and the final project will be determined after the student is selected based on the student's interests and skills. All of these projects focus on an element of operational excellence:

  • Internal policies revamp
  • Content management via SharePoint and One Drive
  • Database/CRM projects
  • Process and procedure mapping

This opportunity will provide the following benefits for the intern:

  • Develop and refine specific, relevant, and immediately implement business management skills needed to effectively contribute to the short- and long-term success of a non-profit organization
  • Shadowing, mentoring and training opportunities with the Senior Leadership team
  • Participation in networking events and company meetings
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format


8:00am - 9:00am 5:00pm - 6:00pm Yes No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

There may be options to secure housing through one of the local universities (UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University).

Internship Qualifications

We seek a PICS intern who will add extensive insight and value to MYSO through their unique experiences, desire to learn, grow, and contribute in meaningful ways, and advance our mission to nurture, challenge, and inspire. Desired qualifications include:


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Highly collaborative style
  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Results oriented
  • Strong interest in working in and learning about the non-profit sector

A background in music is not necessary to successfully fulfill the requirements of this position.

Additional Qualifications

Students should be comfortable working in a fast paced community center.

Writing Sample Required?

Letter of interest in an internship at MYSO

Special Requirements

  • Background Check (MYSO will cover the costs of the background check) 
  • Vaccinations 

Additional Information

There may be opportunities to volunteer at MYSO fund-raising events or concerts that occur most often on evenings and weekends.