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Intern opportunities

Los Angeles Opera has several unpaid intern opportunities for the winter and spring terms.  Interns will be assigned to projects in our Education and Community Engagement, Development and Marketing departments.  LA Opera has a long standing commitment to provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for students and we feel that our winter/spring internships will be a continuation of our robust programs.

Education & Community Engagement: Projects include, but are not limited to, production assisting on the world premiere of Jonah and the Whale (a community opera), advancing our College Advisory Committee and researching/further developing evaluation processes. Some nights and weekends may be required.

 Development: Project will focus on assisting the Research Manager in creating prospect profiles on potential donors through the use electronic resources and printed reference materials.

 Marketing: Projects will include developing social media campaigns and communications strategies for ARIA, the LA Opera’s group for Young Professionals and assisting with market research project to analyze LA Opera’s current and future collaborators and partners. Some nights and weekends will be required.

Qualified candidates will be able to devote a minimum of 8 hours per week for a 10 week period.  Recognizing that academics take priority, LA Opera is prepared to be flexible with regard to our interns’ schedules.  While we believe that students interested in arts administration will derive the greatest benefits from our internships, we will give due consideration to students of all majors.

Please send a resume and cover letter addressing your reasons for interest in our program along with a tentative work schedule to:


community engagement internship

The Community Engagement Intern will work with LA Opera’s Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement to produce and present programs for the community at the Music Center of Los Angeles County and throughout Los Angeles County. The intern will be an integral team member of LA Opera’s 2-week youth Opera Camp. Additionally, the intern will assist with Volunteer Community Educators training and management, administer Community Circle seating program, develop new community partners and promotional initiatives, and coordinate downtown LA intern activities. Some telephone usage, filing, record keeping, and database management are also involved. Schedule to include some nights and weekends. The intern should have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable car.

How to Apply to Internship:

To apply, please email resume and cover letter indicating your interest to Please include “Community Engagement Intern” in the subject line.


development internship

The Development Intern will contribute to the overall success of LA Opera’s summer fundraising activities, which support the productions, community engagement events, and arts education programs that will occur during Company’s 2014/15 Season. The Development Intern’s primary projects will be to assist with the completion of a final report template for the Institutional Giving team that will be distributed to foundation, government, and corporate funders. Additionally, the Development Intern will complete a corporate sponsorship fulfillment package for a major donor, which will require liaising with other LA Opera departments. Smaller assignments to support the Development Department may also include conducting donor prospect research, assisting with the individual/institutional giving campaigns (this may entail drafting letters and/or grant proposal templates, tracking pledges, or conducting mailings), and helping with various special events tasks. Some telephone usage, filing, record keeping, and database management may also be involved. An interest in opera, music, and/or arts administration is a plus.

How to Apply to Internship:

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Please include “Development Intern” in the subject line.


This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  122 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 103 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at