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About Symphony Space

Our Internship Program

The Symphony Space Internship Program offers high quality professional/educational experience and training in the areas of arts administration and production.

All interns should expect the following:

  • Individual supervision by department staff
  • Regular consultations with our Internship Coordinator.
  • Involvement in our day-to-day operations
  • Attendance at departmental meetings and bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • Career development seminars led by Symphony Space professionals and guests.

College credit may be available.

Internships are only available to current matriculating students.


Our program offers two sessions, a summer session (June - August) and a season-long session (September - May). Hours vary - see the internship descriptions for hours.


The season-long internships offer a stipend of $100 a week for a 30 hour work week. That stipend is prorated for internships that are less than 30 hours per week.

Summer internships are unpaid.

How to Apply
  • E-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected].
  • Please put "Internship in ___" filling in the name of the internship that interests you in the subject line, as well as season or summer. For example: "Internship in Education, Season" or "Internship in Education, Summer."

No calls, please.

Internships are offered in the following areas
Performing Arts

The Performing Arts intern assists the Symphony Space Performing Arts Department in the administration and production of over 50 events per year in our music, theater, and family programs.


  • Strong writing, editing, and research skills
  • Ability to communicate in a professional and friendly manner, both via e-mail and in person with artists
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure; ability to use good judgement
  • Knowledge of the performing arts strongly preferred, but not required
  • Experience in stage management and/or production management desirable
  • Flexibility in office hours, some evenings and weekends required

(20 hours/week; $66/week)

Audio/Video & Selected Shorts

The Audio/Video & Selected Shorts intern works with the Marketing Department and the Radio Producer for Selected Shorts on recording, taping, editing and publishing various audio and video projects, intros for story downloads in the online shop, and promotional podcasts and video promos for events. Marketing tasks include:

  • editing video and audio projects
  • uploading audio files for online streaming
  • administrative management of media files and inventory
  • occasional writing copy and recording talent

Selected Shorts intern production responsibilities may include

  • listening to audio recordings of the readings in performance
  • reviewing finished broadcasts for quality control
  • creating archival media
  • organizing production materials; and helping to get program content onto various distribution

There may also be opportunities to help record and produce interviews with writers and actors. Administrative responsibilities will involve maintaining production schedules, databases, and other records related to the creation of the program.

Experience with online content management tools, Adobe Premiere and ProTools preferred.

(30 hours per week; $100/week)

Literary Department (Two positions available)

The Literary Intern provides assistance to the producers in all aspects of the literary department programs, which include Selected Shorts, a 12 program live reading series with readings by actors; the Thalia Book Club, a series that brings authors into conversation with the audience about new books and classics; the Thalia Kids' Book Club for kids ages 9-12; the Selected Shorts Radio Series, a 52-week series broadcast on public radio stations nationwide; Uptown Showdown, a comedy debate series; Selected Shorts on Tour; Bloomsday on Broadway; and All Write!, our adult literacy program produced with the Education Department.

Tasks Include

  • Entering data into multiple systems
  • Managing audience emails
  • Photocopying potential stories
  • Making scripts
  • Assisting on setup and execution of events
  • Assisting on administrative duties
  • Assisting on social media


  • Must be available to work Selected Shorts (12 shows mostly Wednesday evenings) and many additional evening events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Passion for literary programs

(25 hours per week, plus select events: $83.33/week)


The Education Intern assists in the administration of Symphony Space's three education programs: Global Arts, All Write!, and Thalia Book Club Camp for Kids.

Global Arts is a cultural literacy & heritage program serving schools throughout the tri-state area. Workshops, assemblies, after school programs and cultural field trips bring history to life via the cultures of Native America, Early America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Students interact with artists to explore these cultures through hands-on-arts activities, discussions, and projects. Works of art, dance, music, storytelling and theater are treated as primary source documents. All Write! Is an adult literacy program modeled on Selected Shorts, while the Thalia Book Club Camp is a series of four, week long summer camp sessions for avid readers (and writers!) age 9 - 14.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Director and Manager of the Education department
  • Database entry
  • Collating resource guides
  • Participating in mass mailings
  • Visiting and observing in-school programs
  • Supporting artists both in classrooms and museums
  • Welcoming students to cultural programs at Symphony Space
  • Preparing and delivering art supplies
  • Reading and critiquing literary material for all three programs

The Education Intern works closely with the Education Director and Manager of Education Programs. (20-25 hours per week; $66-83/week)


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 contact information
  • 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.

(25 hours per week; $83.33/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, ticketing, miscellaneous deposits, etc)
  • Preparing bank deposits and re-coding them in Blackbaud’s Financial Edge System
  • Month-End Close: event income computations, webstore activity, etc
  • Account reconciliations: reconciling rental deposits, credit card, deferred incomes account, etc
  • Other projects as necessary

(15 hours per week; $50/week)


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:

  • In-house copying of flyers
  • Shipping and receiving of Blu-Ray discs
  • Handling digital media and support materials
  • Event management on the website
  • Data entry of income and expenses.

(20 hours/week; $66/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 three main components, front of house, back of house, and administrative:

  • FOH would cover service, host/hostess, barback/food runner, learning Aloha POS system
  • BOH consists of restocking and prep for regular bar shifts, concessions shifts, as well as private events and receptions\
  • Administrative work includes drafting and revising event invoices, drafting music agreements, updating web calendar listings
  • Assisting with creation of marketing and promotional offers (including updates to social media)
  • Applicants should be familiar with Word and Excel

Nights and weekend availability a plus.

(20 hours per week; $66/week)