Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Title: Education Intern
Location: New Haven
Dates: 6/6/21 - 8/30/21
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30AM - 5:30PM office hours, some night and weekend concert work.

Job Description:

NHSO Interns have the opportunity to pursue their professional interests through project-based learning at the Symphony. Interns engage in meaningful work, gaining valuable experience and constructive feedback from NHSO administrative staff to help them meet their professional goals. NHSO Internships are flexible in time, purview, and departments. The NHSO is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

The Education Department intern will work with the Education Director to plan school and community programs for the Symphony's first post-COVID season. They will also help the Director evaluate programming created during the pandemic to see if these programs can continue to serve the organization going forward. At the same time, the Intern will help implement live performances taking place in outdoor settings over the summer.

The Symphony hosts interns throughout the year and we pride ourselves on providing well-rounded, enriching educational experiences for high school and college students as well as emerging professionals. 

COVID Accommodations: 

NHSO follows guidelines put forth in the State of Connecticut’s Re-opening Plan. As NHSO staff and interns have the ability to work remotely, and the majority of personnel is working from home, contact between individuals is limited. The NHSO office environment has 10 air filters available for times when multiple people are in the office together. In-office protocols include social distancing, masking, temperature checks, availability and use of PPE, signage, a stay-at-home if any symptoms are present policy, a contact tracing calendar, and daily cleanings.

Career Experience: 

As overseen by the Education Director, a successful applicant’s experience at the Symphony may include but not be limited to:

  • Engaging the greater New Haven community in partnerships
  • Creating teacher resources for classroom use
  • Delivering high-quality educational programs to a variety of age levels
  • Working with NHSO musicians to effectively convey music education concepts
  • Designing, rehearsing, and executing educational concerts

In addition, interns frequently express interest in working on projects across departments. The NHSO has great flexibility to accommodate this desire and provides opportunities to assist in the areas of programming, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, and operations. Though this opportunity exists, the Education Intern will be directly supervised by NHSO’s Education Director. 

Interns are also encouraged to attend the NHSO’s weekly full staff meeting. This provides Interns the opportunity to ask questions of other staff, and learn about overall organizational operations such as budgeting, programming, finance, and strategic planning. 

Suggested College Majors: 

NHSO’s Education Internship is a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in non-profit arts administration, community engagement, and program creation and implementation. This position would be suitable for anyone with an interest in non-profit management and music education. Majors that might provide a good fit include but are not limited to Education, English, and Music. A musical background is not necessary to have a fulfilling experience with Symphony - many of our interns have never played an instrument or sung in a choir. 

Applicant Requirements: 

Having a personal computer and internet access would be beneficial in the event that an intern needs to work remotely.