Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Prepares for 2016 Interns

Wolf Trap Interns


Students from across the country to take part in the Spring, Summer, and Fall
arts management program

Vienna, Va. (December 8, 2015) — Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for its award-winning summer internship program. The full-time, paid internships offer a unique and practical learning opportunity for future arts leaders to contribute to the festival season at America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts. Applications are due February 1, 2016, and full application and program information on the intern program can be found here.

During the course of a Wolf Trap internship, students learn fundamental professional skills and receive hands-on experience in their respective disciplines—from technical theatre and stage management to fundraising, accounting, marketing, and special events. Interns also receive professional development opportunities, which in the past have included a day on Capitol Hill advocating for arts education and networking opportunities with Wolf Trap Board members. In addition to developing role specific -skills, the program delivers a well-rounded understanding of nonprofit arts management through weekly seminars from each department and provides a mentorship program to help interns build new and lasting professional and personal relationships with staff.  

In 2015, the Summer program received more than 450 applications and 30 were selected for the available internships. Although the program is highly competitive, Wolf Trap is committed to making its internships and performing arts experiences available to diverse audiences. Applicants who meet the criteria for the Economic Diversity Initiative will be awarded a $5,000 grant to offset the cost of housing and transportation. Applicants that choose to participate in the Multicultural Diversity Initiative will benefit from additional professional development and networking opportunities designed specifically for diverse young professionals in arts management. In Summer 2015, 17 of the 30 interns received one or both of the awards.  
To learn more about the application process and diversity initiatives, visit our website.

In 2009, Wolf Trap’s internship program ranked on Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of
best places to intern. The only nonprofit and the only arts management organization to appear on the list, Wolf Trap’s internship program offers young professionals an opportunity to contribute to arts and education programs that enrich thousands of lives each year.

“Education is core to Wolf Trap’s mission, and our team is deeply committed to creating hands-on learning opportunities for interns,” said
Arvind Manocha, President and CEO, Wolf Trap Foundation. “Interns leave Wolf Trap with the necessary skills and experience to make meaningful contributions to the performing arts field, or whichever line of work they choose to pursue.”

T
he 2016 Internship Program is made possible by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative.

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

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Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations
703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org

Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org