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Wolf Trap Internship;

Spring 2023 internships will be hybrid or remote and hired interns will be provided a laptop and necessary software for the expected duration of their assignment. Please note that select positions will require interns to be located in the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment to attend select in-person meetings and/or events.

Applications will not be considered after November 15. To apply, click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the position description. If applying for more than one internship (up to three permitted), you must submit separate applications for each position.

You must complete the entire online application to be considered for an internship.

  • Cover letter with brief personal statement and outline of career goals.
  • Resume listing relevant courses, previous experience, and special skills. No transcripts please.
  • Writing sample (no more than 3 pages; not required for Graphic Design). Example can be something you’ve already written for a previous class or assignment.
  • 3 design samples (required for Graphic Design applicants only).
For questions or concerns, please email internships@wolftrap.org.


Communications & Marketing Development Education Administration
Human Resources
Information Technology
Production & Sound
Opera Artistic Administration

Public Relations & Social Media

Help develop and implement PR and social media strategies at Wolf Trap performances and events by writing and assisting with the distribution of press releases, coordinating press attendance, media coverage tracking, crafting pitches, working with local media, artist’s publicists, assisting with social media, and more.

  • Respond to queries from both press and public to achieve productive coverage
  • Assist with upkeep of a variety of Wolf Trap digital communication tools
  • Work with internal staff for event communication support and outreach
  • Populate online event and social media sites with Wolf Trap performance detail
  • Work with managers to provide support for the Foundation’s social media efforts, including assisting in the preparation of content on social media sites
  • Craft promotional articles, artist biographies, media alerts, etc. and help to maintain supporting documents and talent contacts
  • Pull weekly social media metrics
  • Proofread and edit copy
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well across different talent communities and teams
  • Public Relations, Journalism, or Arts Administration majors/backgrounds preferred
  • Experience with digital communication tools, including media tracking tools (such as Cision)
  • Passion for social networking and familiarity with relevant online portals
  • Familiarity with the local press and related print, broadcast, and online news outlets


Graphic Design

Work on a wide range of creative projects in this exciting, fast-paced environment. Receive hands-on professional experience and mentorship while enhancing your design portfolio! As an integral part of Wolf Trap’s creative team, you will design signage, program magazine layouts, invitations, print/Web ads, and more.

  • Juggle several projects simultaneously and learn how to build production schedules and meet deadlines
  • Prepare work for prepress, review proofs, and communicate with printers
  • Talented graphic design students with an interest in performing arts or music preferred
  • Strong technical skills in Adobe creative suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) on Mac platform
  • Strong understanding and appreciation for typography
  • HTML and motion graphic skills a plus
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Minimum of three portfolio samples showing type and layout skills required



Learn the ins and outs of marketing for a nonprofit arts organization in a diverse role that helps drive ticket sales and attendance, while assisting in promotions, events, and more. You will assist with the creation and implementation of advertising campaigns including grassroots outreach, direct mail pieces, email marketing and more.

  • Coordinate grassroots marketing efforts to drive ticket sales: email marketing, flyer distribution, promotions, etc.
  • Lead summer brochure distribution campaign
  • Proof and edit print advertisements
  • Research areas for expanding exposure to targeted audiences
  • Assist with planning and implementation of promotional events
  • Creativity, initiative, organization, and strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Working knowledge of the Washington DC media market and understanding of the performing arts patron a plus
  • Marketing students (or related area of study) preferred



The Publications Intern will support the Communications & Marketing team by writing, editing, and reviewing copy for Wolf Trap’s print and online platforms. Through strategic and creative storytelling, this intern will help support Wolf Trap’s institutional marketing goals, and enhance the Wolf Trap experience for thousands of concert-goers!

  • Assist with collecting, editing, and proofreading artist biography information for print and digital publications
  • Research, write, and edit feature content pieces for program books, Wolf Trap’s All Access blog, and other public communications
  • Provide support for creating print/digital program books and coordinating publication review processes
  • Contribute to brainstorming content ideas that tell Wolf Trap’s story to our various communities and audiences
  • A strong, creative writer with an interest in the performing arts
  • Copyediting skills and a sharp attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in research and organization
  • Familiarity with AP Style and Wordpress is preferred
  • Communications, public relations, and journalism majors are preferred, however, great writing samples will make you stand out no matter your focus


Education Communications

The Education Communications Intern will support the Communications & Marketing team by writing copy for print and online platforms, and helping to develop and implement public relations tactics for Wolf Trap’s education initiatives, including Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Internships, and Community Programs. Through creating multi-purpose content, editing artist profiles, assisting with press attendance, assisting with social media outreach and blog posts, tracking PR coverage, and more, the intern will support Wolf Trap’s institutional and communication goals related to Education. While this position is based in Communications & Marketing, the Education Communications intern will interface regularly with the Education Department.

  • Write artist profiles, promotional articles, and copy for publications and online platforms – such as the blog and various social media platforms
  • Conduct/coordinate local media outreach
  • Document in-person events for social media
  • Proofread and edit copy
  • Assist with upkeep of a variety of digital and social communication tools
  • Learn media tracking tools and assist with PR coverage
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Copyediting skills and a sharp attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in research and organization
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, basic knowledge of analytics a plus
  • Photography, basic video editing skills a plus


Special Events & Event Rentals

Work behind the scenes with the Special Events team, assisting with the daily planning, logistics, coordination, and execution of Wolf Trap’s major fundraising events that help raise $1.5 million annually. You will also join in on the excitement of hosting private events at Wolf Trap’s many unique facilities, assisting with the daily functions of the Facility Rentals program.

  • Coordinate set-up and on-site registration at events
  • Assist with event invitation and RSVP process by managing information in the donor database
  • Execute membership fulfillment and cultivation events
  • Manage logistics for Facility Rentals projects and events
  • Interact with donors, prospects, and board members on the phone, through email, and on-site at events
  • Other projects include planning silent auctions, members-only trips, marketing/outreach efforts for large events, and industry research
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word and Excel), experience with Raiser's Edge software is helpful but not necessary
  • Outstanding writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Efficient organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Exceptional customer service skills, creativity, and initiative


Fundraising & Donor Relations

Be an integral part of Wolf Trap’s fundraising department, working closely with the major gifts and annual fund teams. You will participate in stewardship and cultivation events, assist with major gift solicitation strategy and gift proposals, and take the lead on writing year-end impact reports.

  • Assist with preparation for cultivation and stewardship events
  • Assist with writing major gift proposals and briefing sheets
  • Serve as lead writer for year-end impact reports
  • Research prospective funders
  • Manage donor and prospect information in donor database
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word and Excel), experience with Raiser's Edge software is helpful but not necessary
  • Outstanding writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Efficient organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Exceptional customer service skills, creativity, and initiative


Education Administration

The Education Administration interns will work closely with the Wolf Trap Education team to facilitate and promote a wide range of programs for learners of all ages—from children and families to college students and teachers. Depending on the intern’s area of interest, they will work with the Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts or the Internships and Community Programs team. Projects specific to each team can be found below:

    Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
  • Support planning and coordination of Institute services (local, national, and international) to include classroom residencies and trainings, professional development workshops and trainings, family involvement workshops, Institute events, and special projects.
  • Assist in coordination of resource development, logistical planning and communication for services, professional development trainings, and events for National and Affiliate Services, DC/MD/VA Program, and Professional Development Trainings.
  • Collect survey responses, compile and evaluate data, and assist with program reporting to share program efficacy and impact with partners, funders/donors, and national affiliates.
  • Collaborate with Institute team to support special initiatives and program improvement addressing partner priorities and national trends in early childhood and arts-integrated education
  • Participate in opportunities to deepen understanding of Institute programs such as residency planning meetings, teaching artist professional development trainings, and observations of Institute programs in early childhood classrooms/centers.
  • Create and edit content for print materials and social media outlets.
    Internships and Community Programs
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the Internship and Apprenticeship Program, Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers, Field Trips, and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
  • Coordinate and implement networking events for the Internship and Apprenticeship Program
  • Contribute to the marketing and promotion of Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods and the Internship and Apprenticeship Program
  • Research prospective artists for future seasons of Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods


Human Resources

The Human Resources intern will work closely with the Human Resource Generalist and the Senior Director, Human Resources to support a diverse range of Human Resources and Benefits activities for approximately 100 employees and 550 seasonal/variable staff. Responsibilities may include assignments and special projects such as:

  • Provide administrative support including employee records management, filing and archiving
  • Background check administration
  • Assist with orientations, onboarding process, policy development and staff event planning
  • Participate in evaluation of current Human Resources processes and implementation of improvements to streamline and gain efficiency
  • Assist with benefit plan renewals and Open Enrollment
  • Make recommendations and updates to the staff intranet
  • Draft standard position description language; update position description templates and format existing position descriptions
  • Research and analyze best practices in Human Resources; assess current or proposed programs and initiatives against best practices; recommend and develop new programs to meet departmental objectives
  • Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information
  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, customer service and project management skills
  • Course of study or prior internship experience in Human Resources preferred


Information Technology

Gain essential technical experience working with the Wolf Trap Foundation Information Technology team.

  • Troubleshoot computer and mobile device hardware and software issues
  • Assist with end-user Help Desk and AV requests
  • Deploy new computer workstations
  • Setup and manage the yearly computer and electronic equipment recycling pickup
  • Other projects will be assigned as needed, based on abilities and interests
  • Working knowledge of Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, MAC OSX, iOS and Android.
  • Proficiency in MS Office 2010 & 2013
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP and networking
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to communicate well, both in written form and verbally


Production & Sound

Assist with stage set up, load-in, hospitality, sound, and lighting for performances ranging from chamber music to rock and roll.

  • Prior university level concert production experience, especially with an interest in sound reinforcement.
  • Ability to lift heavy items and work an evening and weekend schedule.


Opera Artistic Administration

Assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in the daily operations of the department, which includes:

  • The coordination and distribution of daily schedules
  • Tracking Artist and VIP ticket requests and guest lists
  • Creating supertitle PowerPoint files and cueing score for each show
  • Compiling and editing program materials and text booklets
  • Working with the Development and Special Events departments on donor receptions and opening night cast parties
  • Interest in pursuing a career in opera or classical music administration
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Publisher)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Previous experience with a performing arts organization strongly recommended