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Symphony Space is a not-for-profit performing arts center in New York City presenting over 600 performances per year in music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and children's programs, reaching 120,000 highly diverse audience members per year. We also produce the popular PRI program Selected Shorts, which is carried on public radio stations throughout the country. In addition, our 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/cafe.
There are no openings currently available at Symphony Space.
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: $9.00/hour.
Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Brian Davis, Head of House Management, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 in the following areas. See below for instructions on how to apply.
Intern to the Artistic Director
About the Internship Program
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 program offers two sessions, a summer session (June - August) and a season-long session (September - May). Hours vary - see descriptions below.
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: "Internship in Education."
Lucia Burns, Intern Consultant
New York, NY
No calls, please.
Internships are offered in the following areas
Intern to the Artistic Director
The Intern to the Artistic Director works with the Artistic Director of Symphony Space, Andrew Byrne. The intern assists Mr. Byrne with the preparation and administration of Symphony Space programming, which includes music, literature in performance, family programming, film, public affairs programming, as well as a robust arts-in-education program. The intern will have broad exposure to many facets of arts administration; it is an excellent opportunity for persons interested in curating, and executive level arts management.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a high level of administrative and organizational skills, the ability to write well, highly developed research skills, and a knowledge of and interest in the performing arts.
The Audio/Video Intern works with the Marketing Department on recording, taping, editing and publishing various audio and video projects, including Symphony Space Live (archival audio recordings of Symphony Space shows), intros for story downloads in the online Shop, and promotional podcasts and video promos for events. Tasks include editing video and audio projects, uploading audio files for online streaming, administrative management of media files and inventory, and occasionally writing copy and recording talent. The Audio/Video Intern works with the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media. Experience with online content management tools, Adobe Premiere and ProTools preferred. 30 hours per week.
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.
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.
The Graphic Design Intern works with the Marketing Department to create digital advertisements, flyers, house programs, posters and other promotional materials (both print and web). This person also helps the department with general marketing tasks (posting listings, poster rotation, etc) in support of a busy calendar with 200 events annually produced by Symphony Space. Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Creative Suite required. Please provide a portfolio of work (either personal work or professional) that demonstrates these skills. 30 hours per week.
The Social Media Intern assists the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media to increase the visibility of Symphony Space via multiple online channels. This person writes and posts material for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other social media outlets; participates in live-event coverage; prepares and sends newsletters and e-cards; collects and monitors data, traffic and other stats; helps build campaigns for increasing audience engagement (e.g., contests and polls); and maintains cross-promotional relationships with artists and other arts organizations in the New York arts community. Should have experience with short-form writing, basic photo editing skills, and knowledge of social media tools and strategies. Please provide writing samples (can be from personal blog, academic work or published clips). 20 hours per week.
Symphony Space seeks two development interns for the 16-17 season to assist the Development Department with daily operations including prospect research, administrative tasks, and drafting correspondence and reports. Interns will gain exposure to fundraising at a non-profit performing arts institution with tasks specific to Special Events, Individual Giving, Membership, and Institutional Giving.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting with special event planning and implementation;
- Assisting with web-based and telephone research to identify and update information for contacts;
- Maintaining the prospect management system and other miscellaneous tasks;
- Administrative office duties such mailing, faxing, filing, etc.;
- and assisting in grant proposal and report development, as needed.
Qualifications: Applicants must have strong writing and research skills, computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel, and excellent communication and organization skills. Must be able to commit to 20-30 hours per week.
Finance & Accounting
The Accounting/Finance Intern will assist with tasks in the Finance Dept focusing mostly on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Areas of work include:
Cash receipts (Rentals, Café Sales, Patron’s Edge, miscellaneous deposits, etc.),
Preparing bank deposits and re-coding them in the Blackbaud’s Financial Edge System
Month-End Close: Event Incomes computations, Webstore activity, etc
Monthly Accounts reconciliations: reconciling the Rentals Deposits, Credit-Card, Deferred Incomes account, etc.
Other projects as necessary.
20 hours per week.
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 and our rehearsal studio. The intern works with the Booking Department as well as directly with renters on making sure their show is a success.
Submission of internal event notices
Communicating with renters
Data entry for development purposes amongst
This internship is a great way to learn about the process of renting a theater and the work that goes into 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, Theatre in HD, and themed film programs. The intern works with the Director of Film Programs. Responsibilities include:
Printing of flyers
Shipping and receiving 35mm film prints
Digital media and support materials
Event management on the website
Data entry of income and expenses.
30 hours per week.
The Hospitality intern's focus is Bar Thalia, the food and beverage hub of Symphony Space. The intern is exposed to all aspects of bar management. Responsibilities include:
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
Performing administrative tasks.
Qualifications: Applicants must be familiar with Word and Excel; knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign/Microsoft Publisher preferred.
See How to Apply above. For questions, contact Lucia Burns, Internship Program Consultant, at email@example.com.