Internships

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 Coordinator. All interns are involved in our day-to-day operations and attend departmental meetings and bi-weekly 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.

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 season/summer. For example: "Internship in Education, Season" or "Internship in Literary Department, Summer."

Send to:

Internship Program
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY
10025-6990
E-mail: internship@symphonyspace.org
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.

+Audio/Video

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.

+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 Global 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.

+Graphic Design

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 intern 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.

+Social Media

The Social Media Intern assists the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media to increase the visibility of Symphony Space via multiple online channels. This intern 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.

+Development

The Development intern assists 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.;
  • 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. 20-30 hours per week.

+Finance & Accounting

The Accounting/Finance Intern assists with tasks in the Finance Department 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 Blackbaud’s Financial Edge System
  • Month-End Close: Event Incomes computations, Webstore activity, etc.
  • Monthly Accounts reconciliations: reconcile ing the Rentals Deposits, Credit-Card, Deferred Incomes account, etc.
  • Other projects as necessary.

20 hours per week.

+Film

Film at Symphony Space consists of a documentary film series, Theatre in HD, and themed film programs. The intern assists the

  • Director of Film Programs with
  • Printing of flyers
  • Shipping and receiving 35mm film prints
  • Digital media and support materials
  • Event management on the websiteData entry of income and expenses.

15 hours per week.

+Hospitality

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.

Applicants must be familiar with Word and Excel; knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign/Microsoft Publisher preferred. 20-30 hours per week.

See How to Apply above. For questions, contact Judy Weinstein, Internship Program Coordinator at internship@symphonyspace.org.