Institutional Profile: Symphony Space is a two-theatre, not-for-profit performing arts center at 95th & Broadway in New York City. Symphony Space presents or produces over 600 performances in music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and children's programs, reaching 120,000 highly diverse audience members per year. It also produces the popular PRI program Selected Shorts, which is carried on public radio stations throughout the USA. In addition, its acclaimed education programs annually reach 6,000 public school students and 2,000 adult literacy students. In addition to its theatres, Symphony Space also operates a studio and a bar/café.
Benefits: Benefits for full time employees include three weeks annual vacation, medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, flexible spending plan, employee-contributed annuity plan through TIAA-CREF.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing courteous customer assistance, greeting, directing and escorting patrons to their seats; stuffing and distributing programs; providing general direction, answering questions, light clean-up after shows. Must be very dependable, neat, interested in interacting with the general public, willing to work a changing schedule. Training is provided. Uniform to be worn on the job is long sleeve black shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Weekly schedule of 5 to 20 hours generally available, daytime and/or evening. Starting wage: $7.25/hour.
Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Adam Smith, Head of House Management, at email@example.com.
Symphony Space has internships available for the summer 2013 and fall/spring 2013-2014.
The Symphony Space Internship Program offers excellent professional/educational experience and training in the areas of arts administration and production. All interns are individually supervised by department staff and will have regular consultations with our Internship Program Consultant. All interns are involved in our day-to-day operations and attend departmental meetings and monthly staff meetings. Additionally, there are career development seminars led by Symphony Space professionals and guests. College credits may be available.
Time: Our fall/spring internship program runs from September 2012 to May 2013. Hours vary - see descriptions below.
Deadline for intern applications: We are currently reviewing resumes for 2012-13 season.
Candidates: Undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates.
Stipend: Summer internships are unpaid. There is a stipend for fall/spring internships. College credit may be available.
How to apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter indicating area of interest. Please put "Internship in ___" filling in the name of the internship that interests you in the subject line, as well as time period of interest. For example: "Summer Internship in Education."
Maren Berthelsen, Intern Consultant
New York, NY
No calls, please.
Internships are offered in the following areas:
Performing Arts - The intern assists the Performing Arts Department of Symphony Space in the administration and production of over 70 events per year in our music, theater, and family programs. The intern should have strong writing and editing skills, a professional and friendly manner when communicating with artists, and knowledge of classical music. Experience in stage management or production management is desirable, but not required. Availability on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays is essential, with flexibility in office hours. 30 hours per week.
Audio - The Audio Intern works on the Symphony Space Live Online Streaming Service (recordings of select music programs performed live at Symphony Space). Assignments involve editing audio files of the event recordings; updating and maintaining web content for the Symphony Space Live site, and assisting with rights/inventory management. The Audio Intern works with the Senior Manager of Business Development. Audio editing experience with Audacity preferred. 30 hours per week.
Literary Department - The Literary Intern provides assistance to the producers in all aspects of the literary department programs which include Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, a 12 program live reading series; the Thalia Book Club, a series that brings authors into conversation with the audience about new books and classics, with readings by actors; the Thalia Kids' Book Club for kids ages 9-12; the Selected Shorts Radio Series, a 52-week series co-produced with WNYC and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide; Selected Shorts on CD; Selected Shorts on Tour; Bloomsday on Broadway; and a program produced with the Education Department, Selected Shorts: All Write! 30 hours per week.
Education - The Education Intern assists in the administration of Symphony Space's education programs: The Curriculum Arts Project, an arts education program focusing on the social studies curriculum that serves New York City public school students and their teachers; and Selected Shorts: All Write!, an adult literacy program modeled on Symphony Space's nationally acclaimed Selected Shorts program, which serves New York City adult literacy students and their teachers. The Education Intern works closely with the Education Director and Manager of Education Programs. 30 hours per week.
Marketing - The Marketing Intern provides assistance with the implementation of all marketing activities at Symphony Space. The marketing department is responsible for publicizing more than 200 events annually through advertising, brochures, fliers, press releases, special promotions and the Symphony Space website. 30 hours per week.
Social Media - This internship is focused on using social media tools to increase the visibility and traffic of the Symphony Space website and Symphony Space Live (a collection of programs recorded live at Symphony Space). The intern creates and implements a social media strategy, involving researching, analyzing data, monitoring results; participates in a wide variety of social media activities such as blogging, community development and management, social bookmarking, and commenting; and generally keeps Symphony Space well connected with the broader social media world. 20 hours per week.
Development/Individual & Institutional Giving - The Individual & Institutional Giving intern works in a hands-on way within the development department to facilitate donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The internship involves a heavy amount of prospect research and drafting letters, reports, and internal documents. Strong research and writing skills needed. Administrative and office experience a plus, but not required. The Individual & Institutional Giving intern will also work closely within the Raiser's Edge database. Training and lots of hands-on experience with Raiser's Edge will be provided (a critical resume point for an emerging Development professional). Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated, inquisitive, and quick on their feet. 20-30 hours per week.
Business Administration - The Business Administration Interns work on the sales and distribution of CDs from our literature series, Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story and the development and marketing of additional Symphony Space-related merchandise. This position is a great opportunity to learn about the overall operation of Selected Shorts branding activities involving the publishing industry, program distribution, and public radio. The interns work closely with the Senior Manager of Business Development and assist with general administration. 30 hours per week.
Accounting - The Accounting Intern works closely with the Director of Finance in providing general administrative support and also assisting in the weekly accounts payable. The position is a good opportunity to gain skills in bookkeeping and non-profit administration in general. 20 hours per week.
IT - The IT intern works with the Director of Information Technology on the business of running an IT support organization for a non-profit. Candidates should be organized, capable of general administration duties (data entry, filing etc.) and willing to 'roll up their sleeves' and learn/sharpen support skills for Windows and Mac OS computers, printers etc. in a 30+ user environment. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basic skills required for support IT as well as an introduction to the business of support IT. 30 hours per week.
Film/Booking - This combined internship offers two unique insights into Symphony Space.
The Booking department is responsible for the rentals of both of Symphony Space's theaters, our rehearsal Studio, and Recording Studio. The intern would work with the Booking Department as well as directly with renters on making sure their show is a success. Responsibilities include submission of internal event notices, communicating with renters, and data entry for development purposes amongst other things. This internship is a great way to learn about the process of renting a theater and the work that goes in to making a show a success. It is an exclusive chance to see the production of events from a renter's first inquiries through their final productions.
Film at Symphony Space consists of a Sunday documentary program, 15 sneak preview screenings with special guests, 12 film classes showing a classic film and discussing the various elements of filmmaking, and special premiere screenings. The Film Intern helps the Director of Film Programs through the notification of staff about our programs, printing of flyers, shipping and receiving of 35mm film prints, digital media and support materials, updating our web-site, and data entry of income and expenses. 30 hours per week.
Hospitality - The Hospitality Intern's focus is Bar Thalia, the food and beverage hub of Symphony Space. The Intern, exposed to all aspects of bar management, focuses his/her efforts on assisting in marketing and promotional offers (including updating the Bar's website), creating and distributing fliers, keeping the Bar well connected with the broad social media world (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc), booking and following-up on parties, and performing administrative tasks. Candidates with a strong interest in hospitality management, marketing, social media or event planning will find this internship of interest. Computer skills, especially familiarity with Word and Excel, are helpful, as well as knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign/Microsoft Publisher. Will include evening hours. 30 hours per week.
See How to Apply above. For questions, contact Maren Berthelsen, Internship Program Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.