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 those who apply first will have first priority. 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.  Click here to read the full requirements.
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Registration is online using the link below.

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 an official PA board meeting, attending social media and videography planning meetings, 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. 

Activities may vary in the fall due to the limitations of COVID-19. All meetings will be held virtually and no intern will be required to participate in an in-person event, meeting, or activity that he or she is uncomfortable with.

This internship offers high school students the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the business and music world.  Participants will develop the 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 will 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

Click Here for the Musician Intern Application 

*The form is a writable PDF.  You should be able to download the form, complete it, “Save As”, and then email to Some browsers may not give you the option to “Save As” in which case you will need to try a different browser or print and scan the form.

What do students say about the program?

“The Philharmonic Association Musician Intern program gave me the opportunity to experience the underlying work that is done to make the organization successful. It has not only given me new opportunities to engage with other like-minded musicians in the operation of the Philharmonic Association, but also taught me skills that make me a dedicated and cooperative collaborator and leader.” -Joydeep Mukherjee

“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