Administrative & Artistic Internships

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

Applications for the 2021 Festival Season are now open. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter (indicate in the cover letter which internship(s) you are applying for), contact information for 2 references to Kaylah Hicok (khicok@dmmo.org) by 5:00pm on April 15, 2021.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Des Moines Metro Opera offers dynamic and engaging opportunities for young professionals and future colleagues in the field. Our administrative and artistic internships introduce undergraduate and graduate students as well as post graduate students to an intensive experience 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. Internships for the 2020 Festival Season include housing, per diem and travel stipend. The program begins on June 1, 2021 and ends on July 30, 2021. Internships will be offered in the following areas:

Company Management Internship
Primary duties include assisting the Artistic Administrator, Director of the Apprentice Artist Program, and the Company Coordinator in preparing and distributing daily rehearsal schedules for the mainstage and apprentice program as well as managing travel for all artists and staff.  Additional responsibilities include printed program creation for scenes programs, assisting with chorus and scene music distribution and trouble-shooting, preparing chorus rehearsal spaces and general office management in the theatre facility.  Successful candidates must be highly organized, reliable, and able to stay positive and calm with a fluctuating schedule and assignments.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is a plus.  A valid driver’s license is required.

COVID-19 Compliance Internship
Under supervision of the COVID-19 Compliance Officer you will help communicate, write and enforce COVID-19 policies. Our primary focus will often be in places where food is shared, where people work closely with one another, and where social distancing is difficult to abide by. Successful candidates must be highly organized, reliable, detail oriented, quick thinking and emotionally intelligent. The ability to stay positive and calm is a must. Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook is a plus. 

Digital Media: 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. Applicants for this position must have a valid driver's license. Housing and per diem provided.

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 2021 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. Housing and per diem provided.

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.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Access to a vehicle is highly recommended.  Housing and per diem provided. 

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 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. Requires valid driver's license, and access to a vehicle is highly recommended.

Hospitality Internship
Assist with staff housing preparation and accommodations throughout the season. Assist with coordination of inter-company communications; mail processing, tracking and distribution, as well as reception duties, shipping and receiving; 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. Requires valid driver's license, and access to a vehicle is highly recommended.


2019 Administrative Interns

Company Management Intern
ANNIE PENNER

Digital Media & Marketing Intern
EMILY CAREY

Patron Services Interns
KAYLAH HICOK
ANDREA HORTON
ELIZABETH RUSSELL

Business and Finance Intern
BRETT LOGSDON

Orchestra Management Intern
RACHEL SHAPIRO

Front of House Interns
MATTHEW HRDLICKA
MORGAN MERRILL
NATHAN STONE