Internships and Co-ops

The Philadelphia Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. 


The following internships are open:

Academy of Music Intern

Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Development department, Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office.  The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.    

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:

  • How to set up of donor solicitations and donor research.
  • The basics of planning, management, and execution of fundraising and cultivation events.
  • The basics of prospect research.

What you will do:

  1. Participate in social media efforts and building web presence for the Academy of Music.
  2. Assist with online fundraising opportunities.
  3. Assist with the preparation of donor acknowledgement letters, correspondence, proposals, reports, and other communications.
  4. Assist with Stewardship projects as needed.
  5. Prepare meeting materials.
  6. Assist with updating/changing donor records in Tessitura.
  7. Provide administrative support as needed-such as filing, scanning, etc.

What we require:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.   
  3. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet research with a strong ability to learn and grasp new computer programs quickly. 
  5. Able to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Marketing Department Intern

Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Marketing department. The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.    

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:

  • The basics of subscription and single ticket campaigns and timelines while assisting with essential marketing functions such as direct mail, and e-mail marketing. The marketing intern will also gain an understanding of data analysis, revenue management, strategic marketing campaigns, and patron and industry research.

What you will do:

  1. Assist with the distribution of Orchestra materials.
  2. Participate in the analysis of single ticket campaigns and subscription campaigns.
  3. Research and update subscriber benefit programs.
  4. Update and gain knowledge on the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance List Trade Co-Op program.
  5. Gain an understanding of the daily workings of the Marketing Department.
  6. Gain knowledge of Tessitura, the Orchestra's patron and ticketing database.

What we require:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.   
  3. Strong writing skills and confidence to work with the public.
  4. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly with a strong knowledge of Excel and Word.
  6. Able to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends.
  7. Interest or experience in sales, marketing and statistical analysis a plus.

To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Graphic Design Intern

Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Graphic Design area.  The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:

  • How to create compelling marketing communications across both print and web mediums.
  • The proper way to release final art files for web and print production.
  • Develop a strong understanding of online, email, and print campaigns.

What you will do:

  1. Assist in the design/layout of print collateral.
  2. Prepare files for press.
  3. Maintain The Philadelphia Orchestra brand look and feel.
  4. Incorporate team changes in a timely manner.
  5. Provide administrative support to the Marketing department as needed.

What we require:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Solid understanding of the print process.
  3. Proven understanding of CS6 (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, DreamWeaver) and HTML/CSS skills.
  4. Able to take direction well.
  5. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.
  6. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  7. Able to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Public Relations Department Intern

Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated, and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our dynamic Public Relations Department. The Public Relations intern will be involved in activities to help elevate the profile of The Philadelphia Orchestra and promote performances and other activities. Interns will gain firsthand experience in building connections between a world-class Orchestra and its audiences.

The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:

  • The basic functions of The Philadelphia Orchestra Public Relations department.
  • How to work in an office environment.
  • How to collaborate with different departments.
  • The overall operations of a world-class Orchestra.

What you will do:

  1. Assist with maintaining the PR department's media database, encompassing over 1,000 contacts worldwide.
  2. Assist with the daily clip monitoring and archiving process.
  3. Assist with basic publicity writing including press releases and media alerts.
  4. Assist with promotional events, media shoots, and concert duty at Philadelphia Orchestra performances.
  5. Help to develop social media content and blog posts to promote The Philadelphia Orchestra and related activities.
  6. Assist with the maintenance of department, artist, photography, and musician files.
  7. Provide administrative support as needed.

What we require:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 1 to 2 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Excellent communication skills.
  3. Must be highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.
  4. Strong writing skills and confidence to work with the public.
  5. Sense of humor.
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  7. Ability to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends for concert and/or event duty.
  8. Ability to work with highly confidential information.

To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Marketing Department Group Sales Intern

Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Marketing department, in the area of Group Sales Marketing.  The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:

  • Develop a strong understanding of The POA's group segments, and the approaches to building the group patron base.
  • While working with Group Sales with market segment research, will gain an understanding of other ticket programs and initiatives run through the department.
  • Gain exposure to the upcoming concert season, potential networking opportunities, ticketing, and general customer service.
  • The details of marketing and communication campaigns with new and potential group clients, and gain substantial knowledge of our database systems.
  • A general understanding of the entire marketing department.

What you will do:

  1. Participate in the analysis of group ticket campaigns.
  2. Research assigned market segments.
  3. Assist group sales team with distribution and development of group sales marketing materials.
  4. Develop understanding of student ticket and Young Friends marketing initiatives, with extra emphasis on eZseatU program.

What we require:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.
  3. Strong writing and project management skills.
  4. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and internet research.
  6. Able to commit to approximately 14 to 20 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends for concert and/or event duty.

To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Human Resources Intern
Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Human Resources department. The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.    

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
What you will learn:
  • The basics of benefits administration, including the open enrollment process.
  • The basics of recruiting interns and staff positions.
  • The basics of personnel file management.
What you will do:
  • Assist with the auditing personnel files.
  • Assist with creating a database of historical personnel information.
  • Assist with coordinating intern activities and information sessions.
  • When possible, observe the interview process.
  • Assist with benefits administration.
  • Provide administrative support for Human Resources projects as needed.
What we require:
  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.   
  3. Strong writing skills and confidence to work with the public.
  4. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly with a strong knowledge of Excel and Word.
  6. Able to commit to approximately 15 - 24 hours per week of time.
  7. Interest or experience in human resources and benefits administration.
To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Events and Volunteer Relations Intern
Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Development department, in the area of Events and Volunteer Relations. The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.     

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:
  • The basics of planning, management, and execution of fundraising and cultivation events.
What you will do:
  • Assist with online fundraising opportunities.
  • Assist with the preparation of donor acknowledgement letters, correspondence, proposals, reports, and other communications.
  • Prepare meeting materials.
  • Attend volunteer events.
  • Assist with updating/changing donor records in Tessitura.
  • Provide administrative support as needed-such as filing, scanning, etc.
What we require:
  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.   
  3. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet research with a strong ability to learn and grasp new computer programs quickly. 
  5. Able to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends for concert and/or event duty.
To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume and cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Development Department Intern
Summary:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a bright, motivated and outgoing person for an internship opportunity in our Development department. The POA values all of our interns and we will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. Our interns should be ready and eager to learn new skills and bring with them maturity, discretion and flexibility.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through over a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

What you will learn:
  • How to set up of donor solicitations and donor research.
  • The basics of planning, management, and execution of fundraising and cultivation events.
  • The basics of prospect research.
What you will do:
  • Participate in social media efforts and building web presence for the Development department.
  • Assist with online fundraising opportunities.
  • Assist with the preparation of donor acknowledgement letters, correspondence, proposals, reports, and other communications.
  • Assist with Stewardship projects as needed.
  • Prepare meeting materials.
  • Assist with updating/changing donor records in Tessitura.
  • Provide administrative support as needed—such as filing, scanning, etc.
What we require:
  1. Completion of a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college, pursuing a related BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Good communication skills, highly organized, detail-focused, and customer service oriented.
  3. Ability to work with highly confidential information.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet research with a strong ability to learn and grasp new computer programs quickly.
  5. Able to commit to approximately 24 hours per week of time with availability some evenings and weekends for concert and/or event duty.
To Apply:

Candidates should send their resume and cover letter and 2 writing samples to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Human Resources 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Orchestra Operations/Personnel Intern
Summary:

The Operations/Personnel Intern will work closely with the Production and Personnel departments and be in constant contact with The Philadelphia Orchestra musicians as well as provide support to the personnel and production departments.

General Functions:
  1. Generate weekly/daily Production Sheets and String Monitor Reports
  2. Update all musician and personnel office postings at beginning of each week
  3. Assist in drafting weekly personnel rosters
  4. Assist in weekly POA Production Meetings by taking notes and updating production documents
  5. Assist production and personnel with preparations for Collaborative Learning and other ancillary performances
  6. Draft production and personnel memos
  7. Fulfill musician room requests and confirm choir rehearsal space with Artistic Administrator
  8. Update instrument insurance records
  9. Update and mange key system
  10. Prepare vendor check requests
  11. Prepare piano tuning schedule
  12. Order and manage musicians’ lounge supplies
  13. Auditions: enter candidate information into audition database; create audition packets, committee binders, and ballots; assist in execution of auditions/proctor
  14. Digitize personnel and operations files
  15. Shadow Production and Personnel concert duty rotation
  16. Other duties as assigned
Fall Seasonal:
  1. Assist with special performances including Opening Night, Organ Halloween, NYE, GSOC, and film presentations
  2. Assist with domestic tour preparations tour book preparations, preparation of tour staff binders, and preparation of guest bills/tracking payments
  3. Assist with musician instrument insurance renewal and billing process
  4. Update musician contact list and phone tree
Spring Seasonal:
  1. Assist with special performances including Academy of Music Anniversary Concert, Season Announcement, MLK, and film presentations
  2. Assist with foreign tour preparations including musician passport collection, foreign visa applications, tour book preparations, instrument documentation, preparation of tour staff binders, and preparation of guest bills/tracking payments
  3. Assist with production and travel preparations for Mann Center performances, Bravo Vail, and SPAC residencies
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  1. Attention to detail
  2. Strong interpersonal skills
  3. Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  4. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office
  5. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire
  6. Ability to read music
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
  1. Routine for office environment during day
  2. Some late evenings & weekends when shadowing concerts
To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to: humanresources@philorch.org

Or mail to:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association
Attn: Megan Smothers 
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA | 19107

Due to rapidly evolving developments, and in accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, all scheduled Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and events through May 10, 2020, are cancelled. Learn more

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