Administrative & Artistic Internships

Thank you for your interest in Des Moines Metro Opera's Administrative and Artistic Internship program! 

For those interested in applying as an intern for Des Moines Metro Opera's 2023 Festival Season, please see the position descriptions below and complete the application form. Applications will remain open until March 5, 2023, but early response is encouraged. Notifications for Zoom and in-person interviews will begin in February 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylah Rude, Guest Services and Education Director, at or (515) 961-6221.

Des Moines Metro Opera offers dynamic and engaging opportunities for young professionals and future colleagues in the field. Our administrative and artistic internships provide opportunities to gain intensive experience working with a major American summer opera festival. Interns work with individual departments, professional staff, and industry experts to gain practical experience and networking opportunities in professional theatre. Our central goal is to train future leaders that will transform the field. See below for available internship positions and descriptions.

The program begins on May 26, 2023, and ends on July 28, 2023. Applicants must be available for the entire program period.

All applicants must be over the age of 18, and be either a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States through the engagement period. DMMO requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, and access to a vehicle is highly recommended.

Daily stipend of $57/day during the festival season.
$225 travel stipend to be paid upon arrival.
DMMO will provide single occupancy air-conditioned dormitory-style housing during the festival season.

Artistic Administration Internship
Assist the Director of Artistic Administration, Director of the Apprentice Artist Program, and the Company Coordinator with daily operations for principal artists, the music and directing staff, and the Apprentice Artist Program. Manage and assist in driving for airport and other local ground transportation needs. Assist with the daily schedule. Create printed programs for scenes performances. Prepare spaces for music rehearsals, classes, and auditions. General office management in the theatre facility. Prepare and operate supertitles in performances as assigned. Successful candidates must be highly organized, reliable, and able to stay positive and calm with fluctuating schedules and assignments. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite is a plus. 

Development Internship
Assist the Director of Development in areas such as donor relations, annual fund development and special event coordination. The ideal candidate will be interested in executing communication strategies for a segmented patron base and fostering meaningful relationships with patrons. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) is preferable. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro) and video editing experience preferred. Applicants should be interested in learning how to navigate development tracking software like Salesforce and should be able to demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills. Assist the Director of Marketing with email marketing efforts, capturing photo and video content for social media use, developing the festival program book, etc. 

Digital Media: Marketing Internship
Maintain and monitor DMMO social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Create weekly social media plans. Assist with email marketing efforts. Maintain and update DMMO’s website. Draft copy for various DMMO events. Assist Marketing Director to create fun, quirky video and social media content. Assist Art Director and Marketing Director with the Summer Festival Program. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro) and video editing experience preferred. Requires strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills. 

Guest Services Internship
Assist with ticket sales and patron services with the Patron Manager CRM system; organize and assist with season events and mainstage productions. Assist in daily operations of the administrative office. Assist with reception duties; help other administrative departments with special projects. Requires organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy with the Microsoft Suite and Google Drive.  Customer service skills are desirable. This position requires heavy lifting and weekends and evening commitments.  

Orchestra Management Internship
Primary duties of the Orchestra Management Intern include assisting the Orchestra Manager with rehearsal room and pit set-up, transportation of instruments, inventory work, and attending all orchestra rehearsals and performances.  A background in music is preferred.  This position works closely with conductors, orchestra members, and the stage operations team.  Successful candidates will be highly organized, reliable, and have strong interpersonal skills. Some score/part preparation work will be involved, particularly for the STARS OF TOMORROW orchestral concert. This position requires heavy lifting and weekends and evenings. 

Front of House Internship
Primary duties include assisting with the facilities coordination for the Blank Performing Arts Center for both public-facing and company events. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Housing Coordinator at the beginning and end of the season, coordination for off-site special events, and various public-facing duties during performances and events. Customer service skills are desirable. This position requires some heavy lifting of more than 50 pounds and weekends and evening commitments.

2022 Administrative Interns

Company Management Intern

Digital Media & Marketing Intern

Guest Services Interns

Orchestra Management Intern

Front of House Interns

Business and Finance Assistant