2011 Interns
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Ash Lawn Opera offers college students an exciting, hands-on look at arts administration, theater production, and non-profit management through our year-long internship program. ALO offers several internships for college students both during the Summer Season and throughout the fall and spring. Interns work in and are exposed to all aspects of running a professional opera company, but can also focus on a variety of areas, including production, marketing, development, and more. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to meet with arts administrators from diverse sectors throughout the Charlottesville community. Our small staff size means that interns are a truly integral part of Ash Lawn Opera; we encourage interested students to read on for available opportunities and instructions for application. Apply today to be part of this rewarding educational experience!

Ash Lawn Opera is now accepting internship applications for the 2017 Summer Season!


The size of our company means that every intern will be involved in a variety of tasks involving multiple departments, and that each internship can be tailored to the interests of the candidate. In addition to their specific duties, interns are expected to perform general office duties as needed, i.e. answering phones, photocopying, research, etc. Therefore all interns are expected to have these minimum requirements:

  • An appreciation for the arts
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • An attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to take direction well
  • A valid driver’s license

All interns will report to the Operations Manager.

Areas of Focus

Each internship is tailored to the interests and goals of the candidate. See below for the four major areas of focus available. When applying, make sure to indicate which areas interest you most.

Artistic Administration

Works closely with the Ash Lawn Opera administrative staff to coordinate Young Artist/Apprentice Singer recitals; prep and staff events; compile information packets for artists; liaise with artists and agents; compile ticket information; manage the Ash Lawn Opera database; edit other materials related to classical programming; and general office duties.


Works closely with administrative staff to develop and execute marketing and PR related projects; draft press releases; create, edit, and execute print and online marketing campaigns; design and proof printed materials, including outreach performance programs; update the Ash Lawn Opera website; draft and send online newsletters; and other projects as needed. Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred, as well as a working knowledge of HTML. Including a design portfolio is recommended if you are interested in this position.


Works closely with the Education Committee of the Guild to design education materials; provide support for education programs including KidsFest, Opera Connects for Teachers, and Artist-in-Residence; and create and present a program based on the opera for children participating in the Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.


Works closely with the Assistant Conductor to set up and prep rehearsals; prepare scores for performance and return; run title slides for opera performances as needed; assist with outreach performances; and other projects as needed. A background in music and strong score-reading skills are necessary for this position.


Interns will receive a stipend to offset the cost of living and transportation. Free housing with a volunteer Housing Host may be provided; however, preference may be given to interns with local housing arrangements and all interns are responsible for transportation to, from, and within Charlottesville, as well as for their own meals.

Dates and Hours

Exact dates and work schedules will be determined by the applicant's availability.

Fall 2016: mid-September through December, approximately 10 hours/week

Spring 2017: mid-January through May, approximately 10 hours/week

Summer 2017: June through mid-August, approximately 20 hours/week


How to Apply

Submit this form to apply for an internship during the 2017 Summer Season. You will be asked to submit links to PDFs of your cover letter and resume; we recommend using Dropbox, Google Drive, or another file-sharing service for this purpose.  Please make sure all materials are accessible to anyone with the link before submitting.

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter -- please include top two areas of focus
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation from an Academic Adviser or Employer, which should be submitted directly to


  • Fall 2016 (mid-September through December): Applications due by September 1, 2016
  • Spring 2017 (mid-January through May): Applications due by January 1, 2017
  • Summer 2017 (June through early August): Applications due by March 6, 2017

E-mail or call (434) 293-4500 for more information.