To apply, send a cover letter indicating internship(s) of interest, resume, and contact information for two professional references to email@example.com.
GENERAL INFORMATION: This volunteer internship program offers undergraduate &
graduate students and recent graduates an educational opportunity to develop their professional experience and knowledge in the area of communications at a performing arts non-profit. All volunteer interns who work for at least 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks will be eligible to receive a stipend of $500.
This internship will be in-person or mostly in-person with a few remote work days. If Washington
Performing Arts’ office status does not allow for in-person work at any point during the internship
period, this internship will be fully remote. Regular hours during WPA’s office hours will be
established on an individual basis with each intern.
Spring internships run in concordance with typical university semesters – January to May.
Start/end dates determined with interns according to their schedules and commitments.
Department: Communications & Creative Media
Title of Immediate Supervisor: Director of Communications & Creative Media
Join our dynamic arts communications team to promote a multi-genre season of world-class
musicians, dancers, and other performers. With more than 50 performances per season
presented at nine venues throughout the D.C. metro region (in a typical, non-pandemic year),
Washington Performing Arts offers a hands-on experience at the highest level of nonprofit
performing arts communications, marketing, and public relations.
Essential Duties to be Selected from the Following
Assigned duties may be adjusted to complement the intern’s educational studies and interests.
- Research and profile artists
- Assist with the planning and execution of grassroots and community marketing campaigns
- Assist with social media content development and tracking
- Develop patron engagement tools
- Assist with sales and marketing duties utilizing Tessitura database
- Write/edit copy for web and print media
- Contribute to at least one larger-scale departmental project over the course of the internship, to be assigned by department director in line with departmental needs and with intern’s skills, experience, and areas of academic/professional focus
- Provide assistance with on-site marketing logistics for at least two performances [Note: If current COVID-19 precautions prevent the presentation of in-person events, or if intern is working entirely remotely, this duty will be performed in connection with online events, as applicable.]
- Attend relevant weekly meetings and select one-time meetings, as assigned by department director
● High School Diploma
Essential Capabilities & Preferences
● Outstanding oral and written communication skills
● Ability to meet deadlines and to work independently
● Computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel preferred; Knowledge of Photoshop and/or
InDesign is useful, but not required
● Some prior experience in an administrative setting preferred
● Interest in the performing arts
Specific Conditions of Work
● This internship will be in-person or mostly in-person with a few remote work days. If
Washington Performing Arts’ office status does not allow for in-person work at any point
during the internship period, this internship will be fully remote.
● General office environment and/or teleworking (based on current WPA office status in
response to COVID-19 advisories in the District of Columbia)
● Minimum of 15 hours per week required; regular hours during WPA’s office hours will be
established with each intern on an individual basis.
● COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Washington Performing Arts values the safety of
our employees and families, our patrons and visitors, artists and students, and the
community at large. Therefore, effective October 15, 2021, we are requiring that all
Washington Performing Arts staff (including contractors and vendors who interact
in-person with the general public) must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The
COVID-19 vaccines remain a critical tool for saving lives, reducing the severity of the
illness in infected people, and stopping the spread of COVID-19. In support of these
values, if you are selected for this internship, and your internship is not fully remote, you
must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of your internship. You must
submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the Intern Coordinator on
your start date as a condition of your internship. In the instance where vaccination is
not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs, you may ask for an
accommodation to revise your internship to a fully remote internship. Accommodations
will be granted depending on the essential duties and nature of the internship, and/ or do not cause Washington Performing Arts undue hardship.
To apply, send a cover letter indicating internship(s) of interest, resume, and contact information
for two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org .