Spring Internships in DC | Wolf Trap

Spring Internships

Wolf Trap Internship;

Spring 2022 internships will be 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 are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis so it’s best to submit your application early as positions will close as they are filled. Applications will not be considered after December 1. 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.

Annual Giving

Expected Duration: 14 weeks
Position will be fully remote. Applicants are not required to be local to the DC metro area.


Be an integral part of Wolf Trap’s Annual Giving program, joining a dynamic eight-person team that manages individual membership (gifts up to $25,000), corporate membership, and corporate sponsorship. Get hands-on experience planning and participating in stewardship and cultivation events, creating solicitation and stewardship materials, and assisting with benefit fulfillment, including providing excellent customer service by phone, in writing, and in person.

  • Assist with preparation for cultivation and stewardship events for members and sponsors
  • Research prospective funders
  • Produce content for donor communication and My Wolf Trap, Wolf Trap’s members-only website
  • Record and manage information in fundraising database
  • Assist donors with questions regarding membership benefits
  • Create and maintain the schedule for on-site recognition of sponsors and donors
  • Manage logistics of the Encore Circle Lounge, Wolf Trap’s VIP lounge (summer only)
Requirements
  • 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

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Education

Expected Duration: 14 weeks
Majority of working hours will be remote. However, applicants must be local to the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment to attend select in-person meetings and/or events.


Garner an understanding of administration and arts education including budgeting, teaching artist collaboration, developing and maintaining relationships with schools, and reporting on services for partners, funders, and internal foundation departments’ use.

  • Deepen understanding of Institute programs by observing and supporting classroom residency planning meetings and sessions, Institute trainings, and events
  • Update and track Institute service surveys/evaluations
  • Develop reports from evaluation data from Institute services. Reports will be shared with partners, funders, and stakeholders
  • Contribute to education.wolftrap.org (contribute to and edit content for monthly features, organize and upload video, audio, and supporting content)
  • Assist in preparation of the DC/MD/VA services including resource development and communication with teaching artists
  • Support National and Affiliate Services in planning, implementation, research, and affiliate reporting
Requirements
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word and Excel), experience with Zoom 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

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Graphic Design

Expected Duration: 12 weeks
Majority of working hours will be remote. However, applicants must be local to the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment for use of necessary equipment and software.


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
Requirements
  • 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

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Marketing

Expected Duration: 12 weeks
Majority of working hours will be remote. However, applicants must be local to the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment to attend select in-person meetings and/or events.


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
Requirements
  • 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

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Opera Artistic Administration

Expected Duration: 12 weeks
Majority of working hours will be remote. However, applicants must be local to the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment to attend select in-person meetings and/or events.


Learn what it takes to produce Opera and classical music as an administrator. You will assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in the preparation for the summer Opera season and daily operations of the department, which include:

  • Proofing and editing marketing pieces for the summer Opera season
  • Conducting research
  • Updating season calendar
  • Providing box office support, fielding ticket requests and compiling ticket information
  • Assisting with the Chamber Music series at the Barns
  • Assisting with event preparation and execution
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the Music Library
  • Coordinating travel/lodging arrangements for summer artists
  • Updating the Opera website with season information
  • Assisting with managing social media platforms and posting ideas/schedule
  • Assisting with managing Opera & Classical Programming databases (Filemaker) and special data projects
Requirements
  • Interest in pursuing a career in opera or classical music administration/arts administration
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, and Publisher)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Arts Administration students (or related area of study) preferred

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Publications

Expected Duration: 14-15 weeks
Position will be fully remote. Applicants are not required to be local to the DC metro area.


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

  • Assist with collecting, editing, and proofreading artist biography information for program books and print/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 the program book and publication review processes
  • Contribute to brainstorming content ideas that tell the Wolf Trap story to diverse audiences
Requirements
  • 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 is a plus
  • Communication, public relations, and journalism majors are preferred, however, great writing samples will make you stand out no matter what your focus

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Public Relations/Social Media

Expected Duration: 12 weeks
Position will be fully remote. Applicants are not required to be local to the DC metro area.


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
Requirements
  • 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

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Rental Events

Expected Duration: 12 weeks
Majority of working hours will be remote. However, applicants must be local to the DC metro area for the duration of their internship assignment to attend select in-person meetings and/or events.


Help clients design and host their perfect event at one of Wolf Trap's many unique facilities, assisting with the daily functions of the Rentals program and coordinating weddings and corporate events from start to finish.

  • Interact with clients and prospects on the phone, through email, and during on-site walkthroughs
  • Manage logistics for Rental Events projects (including collecting timelines, vendor information, floorplans, etc.)
  • Maintain relationships with key vendors and industry peers
  • Other projects include venue and industry research and promotional marketing support for the venues
Requirements
  • Exceptional customer service skills, creativity, and initiative
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word and Excel), experience with event rental software is helpful but not necessary
  • Outstanding writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Established organizational skills and ability to multitask

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