Position Title: Education & Community Engagement Intern
GENERAL INFORMATION: This volunteer internship program, geared toward undergraduates
students, graduate students, and recent graduates, offers an educational opportunity to develop
professional experience and knowledge in the area of education & community engagement 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: Education and Community Engagement
Title of Immediate Supervisor: Director of Education & Community Engagement or Assistant Director of Education
This position provides overall administrative assistance to the Education & Community
Engagement staff in support of the department’s various initiatives. The intern will support youth
and adult education programs such as Concerts in Schools, in-school residencies, master
classes, and adult and children’s vocal workshops. Projects will also include community
engagement programs such as the Feder Memorial String Competition, Misbin Chamber Music
Competition, Enriching Experiences for Seniors, and the Embassy Adoption Program. The
degree of involvement in these programs will be dependent on the ability to engage in-person
with schools and community venues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Essential Duties to be Selected from the Following:
The assigned duties may be adjusted to complement the intern’s educational studies and
● Providing assistance with overall administrative, logistical support, and production needs
for Education & Community Engagement initiatives
● Communicating with school administrators, teachers, local artists, organizational
partners, choral community, schools, and churches
● Research and prepare for annual Feder Memorial String Competition and Misbin
Memorial Chamber Music Competition
● Conducting research on potential community artists, potential partner organizations, and
alternative venues within D.C.
● Observing Teaching Artists during in-school (or virtual) residencies and performances
● Updating constituent information in Tessitura (database software)
● Working with the Washington Performing Arts Communications & Creative Media
department to publicize program events and ensure branding includes funder
● Collecting supportive materials and working with the Education & Community
Engagement staff to develop reports for funders
● Creating and/or revising program support materials, reports, teacher materials, and
● Coordinating transportation, field trip opportunities, and other special events as
● Coordinating sign-up for select programs and assigning Teaching Artists to opportunities
● Support digital content creation and virtual programming (as determined by current
Covid-19 and school operating status)
● Supporting and/or coordinating for department events like DCPS Honor Ensembles,
competitions, EAP Mini United Nations, and more!
● High School Diploma
Essential Capabilities & Preferences
● Interest/background in the performing arts from diverse global traditions
● Connection to the local arts community strongly preferred
● Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Ability to learn quickly, handle a multitude of tasks, take initiative, and work
independently with little supervision
● High level of energy and ability to work well in deadline and/or pressure situations
● Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel (preferred)
● Some prior experience in an administrative setting preferred
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)
● Occasional work in schools, performance venues, and event venues
● Minimum of 15 hours per week required; regular hours during WPA’s office hours will be
established with each intern on an individual basis.
● Successful candidates will complete a DCPS Volunteer Clearance after hiring – a
requirement to engage in education activities with students.
● 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 .