Opera Philadelphia

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Opera Philadelphia 

Website
http://www.operaphila.org

City/State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weekly Stipend
$450

Public Transportation
Yes

Housing Provided
No

Former Interns
Fumika Mizuno '21, 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

Internship Description
The goal of the PICS internship is for the successful candidate to have a firm understanding of how an opera company is run and have the opportunity to build their network within Philadelphia. 

The PICS intern will work in the Community Initiatives Department and will assist in the creation and execution of the Opera’s award-winning student education guides. This entails researching and writing an article for the student guide based on a given topic. The PICS intern will also assist using InDesign, Photoshop, and other graphic design projects. 

Additionally, the PICS intern will work with Community Initiatives team members with outreach and afterschool programs. In particular, the PICS intern will have the opportunity to meet with Philadelphia City Council members and various leaders from the community including religious, corporate, and cultural stakeholders. 

Frequently, the intern will participate in internal and external conversations around social justice and themes including racial, educational, and gender equity, 

The intern will also be able to visit Philadelphia cultural institutions if projects overlap. For instance, a recent PICS intern visited The Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in preparation for a revival of an Opera Philadelphia production of Puccini’s La bohème which featured images from both museums in the production. 

Finally, the Intern will assist at Opera Philadelphia Community Initiatives Committee meetings and will have the opportunity to observe team meetings in the Artistic, Development, and Marketing departments as the company prepares for its annual opera festival, O19. 

Internship Qualifications
Highly curious individual with exemplary writing and proofreading skills. While applicants do not need a music background, having such a background will prove beneficial. The applicant must be self-motivated and must work well in a high-energy environment, work well in a team, and willingness to stretch their personal understandings and be open to discussions around race and gender equity.

The ideal candidate will have some office-related experience and be comfortable with Microsoft Office suite of applications. 

**Writing sample required: Please send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample. The ideal sample will be an article no more than 2-pages which should be geared towards a student reading at the 5th grade level. The topic should examine a moment in U.S. history.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
No

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. 

**Writing sample required: Please send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample. The ideal sample will be an article no more than 2-pages which should be geared towards a student reading at the 5th grade level. The topic should examine a moment in U.S. history.

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

 I was already passionate about music education and arts in the service of society, so I connected deeply with the mission of this organization. Working with the Community Initiatives department has actually inspired me to think about leading my own Break-out Trip next year. I would love to design a trip based on arts education and the relationship between arts and policy. —Fumika Mizuno '21

Applications for Summer 2019 will open in November 2018. 

Apply

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

Coordinator

Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here