Administrative & Artistic Internships

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

Applications are officially closed for the 2020 Festival Season. Please check back in January of 2021 for additional information about our 2021 Administrative and Artistic Internship program.

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 May 25, 2020 and ends on July 24, 2020. 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 and clean record are required.


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. 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. Applicants for this position must have a valid driver's license.


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. Assist with dsm Magazine Unveiling Party, DMMO’s Young Friends at the Opera events and the 2019 Staging Connections series. Coordinate day-of logistics for Young Friends events. 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 2019 Summer Festival. 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.


Patron Services Internship
Assist with ticket sales and patron services with the Patron Manager CRM system. Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy.  Customer service skills are desirable.  Assist in daily operations of administrative office. Assist with coordination of inter-company communications; mail processing and distribution, as well as reception duties, shipping and receiving; help other administrative departments with special projects. Requires valid driver's license with clean record, communication and interpersonal skills as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office.

2019 Administrative Interns

Company Management Intern

Digital Media & Marketing Intern

Patron Services Interns

Business and Finance Intern

Orchestra Management Intern

Front of House Interns