Internships

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Come experience what goes into running a 1,300 seat non-profit performing arts center. The Mayo Center Performing Arts Center is offering non-paying credit or non-credit internships in Arts Administration, Education & Performing Arts School, Marketing, Public Relations & Photography, Development & Fundraising, Operations & House Management, and Production.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2017 – January 20th, 2017
  • Summer 2017 – June 2nd, 2017
  • Fall 2017 – August 25th, 2017

Arts Administration

Responsibilities:
Assisting the Administrative Office Assistant and Manager of Administration to ensure that all Theatre administrative needs are met. Interns will aid all departments within the Theatre on a project need basis. Projects include administrative tasks such as research projects and office organization, as well as assisting in preparation and/or during special events.

Requirements:
Available 2-3 days a week between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Some night and weekend hours may be required for special events. Must be a quick learner and able to take on multiple tasks. Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel and Word. Must have good communication and writing skills. Interns must be eager to learn and take on any task that is presented.

Education & Performing Arts School

Responsibilities:
General department functions including assisting with Performing Arts School classes, Education events and activities at the Theatre as well as partner schools and organizations.  We are also looking for Assistant Stage Managers, wardrobe assistants as well as those students interested in shadowing the Director, Choreographer and Musical Director for our fully produced spring main stage musical.

Requirements
Theatre background preferred, Flexible hours, interested in working with children and in a fast paced environment. Excellent communication and customer service skills. 

Performing Arts School Summer Assistant Teacher Opportunity:
Must be interested in working with children and have a theatre background. Assist with the Performing Arts School summer programs for children ages 7-18. Duties include organization of materials, supervision of students, and administrative and artistic support of teaching staff.

 

Marketing, Public Relations & Photography

Responsibilities:
General department functions, including preparation of inserts, researching niche audiences and distributing collateral materials at local merchants, filing, web research and posting of events on various web sites, proofreading.   Summer interns will assist with free outdoor concert series.  Photography intern would assist documenting MPAC events.

Requirements: 
Flexible hours, preferably a Tuesday included. General background in marketing or public relations, preferably with focus or interest in the arts. Can work in Microsoft Office and some Adobe applications, ease of use of researching on internet. 

 

Development & Fundraising

Responsibilities:
Interns will be involved with donor relations, creative fundraising assignments and related tasks including, but not limited to, general administrative support. 

Requirements:
1-2 days a week. Those in a Fundraising Management undergraduate or graduate program would be ideal. We are flexible as concerns days and hours.

Applicants must be comfortable with Microsoft software, have excellent communication skills, especially telephone, and be detail oriented. Applicants should also be able to work well independently and as a team. The work is varied and requires the applicant to be flexible and willing to tackle diverse assignments.

 

Operations & House Management

Responsibilities:
Clerical tasks may include compiling bi-monthly Volunteer schedules, attendance records, aiding in a weekly newsletter, research and data collection, assisting Operations Manager with facility management, among other tasks.
At performances, Interns will perform duties such as signing in volunteers and assigning positions, physical tasks like setting up merchandise and carrying ice to concessions, updating programs and inserts, and/or restocking playbills. Internship will provide the opportunity to learn and practice using a pleasant demeanor and maintaining a calm head under pressure, as well as managing a volunteer staff of up to 40 volunteers at a time.  Interns will also gain invaluable knowledge of how House Managers operate and manage several different performances in a given week.

Requirements:
Flexible hours are useful as schedule is based upon performance times ranging from weekday and weekend evenings to Sunday matinees to weekday morning children’s programming. Some late nights are required, ending between 10:30PM & Midnight. A theatrical background is helpful, but not necessary. Comfort in handling money is also a plus as interns may be asked to assist with concessions or merchandise sales and close-out. Also, interns will be asked to learn some basic information of the theatre and its policies so that they may easily answer questions by the public.  A handbook is provided by Operations for your use.

Special Event Opportunities:
In addition to Front of House operations, Interns may also be utilized in the running of special events such as donor/member lounge, young professional events, sponsor receptions, and marketing events. If this is of particular interest to you, please note that when you apply.

 

Production

Responsibilities: 
With a show schedule ranging from dance and theatre to concerts and comedy shows, interns will be expected to aid in a number of different areas.  Internship will provide valuable experience working closely with both union crew and house production staff to aid with load in, load outs, and show calls.  At performances, interns will perform many duties, from clerical work, to helping with hospitality and catering, to physical tasks such as carrying ice to the busses, and pushing or lifting heavy boxes or road cases.  Clerical duties may include making copies of the union sign in sheets, stage plots, and input lists as well as day of show schedules and set lists. Other duties as required.

Requirements
Prior production or theatrical knowledge is strongly preferred.  Flexible hours are useful as schedule is based upon weekly performance dates and crew call times.  Performances range from weekday and weekend nights to Sunday matinees to weekday morning children’s programming.  Some late nights are required depending on load out times, usually between 11pm and 1am.  With many touring groups in and out of our building interns are expected to be punctual, professional, and courteous.  

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