Wolf Trap Internship

The Wolf Trap Internship Program is funded in part by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative, ExxonMobil Corporation, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Something Different Contracting, and Anonymous Foundation. Funding for the Diversity Initiatives has been provided by the Anthony and Beatrice Welters Family.

Fostering the next generation of arts leaders

Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships give budding professionals a competitive edge—whether they seek jobs in the arts or any other field.

Employers are looking for college graduates who can hit the ground running—those who don’t need training in basic workplace skills, like inter-office communications and coordinating multiple projects.

Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships provide these fundamental skills, as well as specialized training in specific disciplines—from technical theatre and arts management to fundraising, accounting, and special events.

Interns and apprentices get a nuanced view of a field that is rapidly changing and what it takes to evolve and innovate. This experience helps interns and apprentices build leadership skills that can be applied to the performing arts or any line of work they choose to pursue.

And last but certainly not least, Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships offer young professionals an opportunity to contribute to arts and education programs that enrich thousands of lives each year.
  
Major support of this program is provided by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative

Available internships and apprenticeships

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Who can apply

  • Undergraduate students (must have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate study)
  • Graduate students
  • Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
  • Career-changers currently enrolled in a degree program
  • International students (J-1 or F-1 Visa required)

Availability and length

  • Internships
    • Available in fall, spring, and summer
    • Duration is 12 weeks with flexible start and end dates
    • Fall and spring internships are part-time (21-24 hours per week) and summer internships are full-time (35+ hours per week)
    • Housing for internships is not provided, but Wolf Trap can provide guidance on finding a place
    • Wolf Trap Foundation is accessible by public transit, though personal transportation is highly recommended
  • Opera Apprenticeships
    • Apprenticeships are only available in the summer
    • Duration can be up to 14 weeks depending on the Wolf Trap Opera schedule
    • Apprenticeships follow the Opera company rehearsal schedule and work on a 6 day/week schedule (one day off that varies from week to week; standard production schedule)
    • Wolf Trap Opera apprentices receive free housing arranged for them in the home of an approved Housing Host or George Mason University.
    • Wolf Trap Foundation is accessible by public transit, though personal transportation is highly recommended

The perks

Wolf Trap interns and apprentices receive minimum wage, while also enjoying the following benefits:

  • College credit (not required)
  • Career development workshops
  • Guest speaker seminars with Wolf Trap professional staff
  • Free tickets to select performances
  • Tours of Wolf Trap’s performance venues
  • Discounts at Wolf Trap concessions and gift shop
  • Free master class participation or observation
  • Field trips to local performing arts venues
  • Networking events with other DC-area interns
  • Proximity to Washington, DC’s vibrant social and cultural scene

Diversity Initiatives

Multicultural Diversity Initiative

  • Wolf Trap values its commitment to diversity and knows the arts have the power to change society. To support promising young professionals, including those from cultural or ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in arts management, Wolf Trap offers the Multicultural Diversity Initiative. Students qualify for this initiative by selecting it on their application form and stating their desire to participate.

Economic Diversity Initiative

  • Wolf Trap believes everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed. This stipend will help eligible students, who qualify for Financial Aid at their college or university, to gain professional work experience while offsetting the cost of housing and transportation. If selected, these students will receive a $5,000 award paid biweekly over the course of their internship. This stipend is not guaranteed, as there are limited awards available each season. Students qualify for this initiative by selecting it on their application form and providing proof of Financial Aid at their college of university.
Diversity Initiatives are made possible through generous individual, corporate, and foundation support. *Can be in the form of an email or written documentation from an administrative office at your college or university