Opera Philadelphia

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Opera Philadelphia 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Nathan Wong '18, Claire Thornton '19

Organization Description
Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. Our mission:

  • Delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward
  • Identifying extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work
  • Presenting innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience

The internship will take place as Opera Philadelphia will be launching O18, its second fall opera festival. The internship will allow the company's Community Initiatives department to prepare student study guides, organize and develop pre-festival community engagement programs, and more. 

Additionally, the intern can assist in the Marketing and Production departments as needed to enable the Opera to complete tasks in a more expedited manner, increasing efficiency.

Internship Description
The intern will assist in the creation of student study guides for Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and a new opera surrounding Alzheimer's. After researching themes surrounding Lucia di Lammermoor (madness, arranged marriages, Scotland, the role of women in the 1700s, etc), the intern will be asked to write articles on these subjects for students in grades 5-12. The study guides will then be proofread in preparation for printing. 

Additionally, the intern will assist in the development and creation of materials and community events during the 2018-2019 season. Existing programs include Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE, a teen all-city youth choir), a technical theater workforce readiness program, and adult education programs.  Opera Philadelphia has a long history of serving over 25,000 residents each year through our engagement offerings, and the company is expanding its programming beginning in the 2018-2019 season. 

Finally, the intern will assist on to-be-developed community engagement activities leading into the O18 festival. The first festival included community talk-backs, performances, and an oral history project.  We hope to include another oral history project surrounding the Alzheimer's opera during the summer.  The intern would be asked to assist in the management of interviewees, transcription of the interviews, and editing.

Internship Qualifications
Highly motivated and extremely good organizational skills, the ideal candidate does not need knowledge of opera but needs to be curious. The intern should have very good writing and proofreading skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.The intern should have excellent attention to detail and be creative.

Ideally, students pursuing education or music degrees are preferred, but any student curious about Opera Philadelphia, its mission, and the festival format would make a good candidate.

**Writing sample required: Any writings showing a persuasive argument  or overview of an issue.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/12/18 - 8/18/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Many students find temporary housing through craigslist or apartment.com. Craigslist would be better as many college students are looking for people to sublet their apartments during the summer months. Another viable option is Air BnB. 

Students should look in the center city, university city, and south Philadelphia regions for the best options.  Past interns have found housing with other Princeton students with internships in which they've shared living space.

The intern may be asked to read Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor in advance of their internship.

**Writing sample required: Any writings showing a persuasive argument  or overview of an issue.

Evaluation Excerpt

My best work experience was watching the world premieres from the audience POV and the stage manager’s POV. I was able to witness the culmination of so much effort on behalf of the singers and musicians and all my coworkers.
—Nathan Wong '18

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program