Musician Intern Program

The Philharmonic Association Musician Intern Program gives PA members the opportunity to serve as an intern from the month of August to the month of May. The PA Musician Intern Program is a open to juniors and seniors in high school, who audition in August and are selected for a PA ensemble, or who participate in one of our non-auditioned groups.  The application is available in June, and applications are due by the end of August at the latest, preferably before the date of your audition. Although students may be notified after completing the application that they are eligible to participate in the Musician Intern Program, membership in the program is not official until after audition results are released.
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The purpose of the Philharmonic Association (PA) Musician Internship Program is to give participants the opportunity to participate in various administrative aspects of the PA. As a member of this program, musicians will learn about and participate in the management, marketing, and operations of a non-profit arts organization. 

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The program is designed to ensure participants have the opportunity to experience many of the tasks involved in the management of an arts organization. Each intern will participate in tasks related to the following areas of arts administration: stage crew, videography, social media, outreach, and musician library. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: attending monthly intern meetings, attending social media and videography planning meetings, managing social media, creating advertisements, helping set up and tear down for rehearsals and concerts, manning booths at performances and festivals, filing music and preparing music folders, writing thank you letters to donors, and participating in the planning, set-up, and management of one special event. Interns will be well trained on all selected tasks either by the Executive Director and/or the Executive Assistant. 

This internship offers high school students the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the business and music world.  Participants will develop skills, leadership, and responsibility valuable for any degree program and career and especially valuable to those degrees and careers related to business and/or the arts.  In addition to work experience, participants will have opportunities to serve the PA and the community and can earn volunteer hours by doing so.  Participants in the program will receive the official designation of Philharmonic Musician Intern and will be treated professionally. 

Click here for Full Description and Requirements. Applications for the 2021 Intern Program have closed. 

What do students say about the program?

“The PA internship program opened my eyes to the inner workings of their organization. I learned about all the hard work that goes into keeping it running. I had the chance to not only participate in crucial brainstorming for fundraisers and events, I was also able to work alongside other talented interns and participate in a hands-on approach. My favorite aspect of the program was expanding my creative thinking.” -Amanda Eckhoff 

“The PA Internship Program offered me the unique opportunity to learn new skills associated with the inner workings of an association as well as encouraged and inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and try new projects for the PA like managing social media and video editing. I am so grateful for my opportunity to participate in the program as it offered the ability to learn more about how to be a leader; and was a fun, useful, and memorable experience.” -Callista Holleschak

“The PA Musician Intern Program is both fun and informative. It not only allows for a more hands-on exploration of management and fundraising, but also offers opportunities to help in my community and contribute my own ideas. I love collaborating with other musicians from different backgrounds and contributing to initiatives that help improve both the ensembles and the community.” -Mary Kolbas

“It was honestly more than an honor to participate in the Philharmonic Association’s internship program. Through our meetings and events I was not only able to observe the insides of how the non-profit organization works behind the scenes, but was also able to gain skills of organization and further participate in meaningful ways as a musician.”  -Hannah Won

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