Be part of the second largest opera company in North America, and look "behind the scenes" at a large and successful non-profit organization by exploring potential internship opportunities at San Francisco Opera.

What Can San Francisco Opera Offer Interns? 
San Francisco Opera is an ideal place to experience professional learning. The staff strives to ensure that an internship serves to enhance the student’s educational experience and career development. All interns become integral members of the department(s) to which they are assigned and gain valuable experience while making enduring professional contacts. San Francisco Opera's internships also allow interns access to the thrilling world of opera!

Internship Program 
Our Internship Program is designed to provide interns with practical hands-on experience in both artistic and administrative areas. From time-to-time we offer internships in the following departments: Artistic & Musical Administration, Finance/Information Systems, Development, Special Events, Guild Activities & Events, Human Resources, Marketing, Media, Public Relations, Opera Center, Orchestra Administration, and Technical Production.

Internships are part-time with the number of hours dependent upon the requirements of the department, are unpaid, and are handled on a project-by-project basis.

Since San Francisco Opera's internships are unpaid, interns must meet the following criteria as established by California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcemen:.  

  • Interns must be students currently enrolled in an accredited academic program at a college or university, at least freshman level, and be receiving academic credit for the internship, or
  • Interns must participate in a training program approved by a public agency.  

If applicants do not meet the criteria, applicants may still be able to gain knowledge and experience through the volunteer program. Visit the San Francisco Opera website to learn about current volunteer opportunities, or call the Volunteer Office at (415) 565-6433.

Available Internships

Electronic Media Intern - Spring 2015
Two (2) positions available

Our Electronic Media Department has two (2) Electronic Media internships available this Spring 2015. The intern must be able to commit between 12-16 hours per week. This position will give you the opportunity to learn about multi camera production, editing, distribution, and how it applies to HD broadcast television, DVD and Cinema. The intern will work with and assist the Director of Electronic Media and Media Coordinator as well as the video and sound crew. While there are no live productions on stage during the spring, during this time, our focus is creating the products that will be distributed regionally, nationally and internationally. This internship would focus around assisting with the distribution processes of media product for DVD, Cinemas, TV and Radio. Also assist in reviewing and tagging archival video and audio. Plus possibly being part of the workings of a streaming project that is in the creative works.
The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, work well with people and have an interest in film/video production. Candidates should have an interest in media asset management programs like Final Cut Server. You should be comfortable and able to work in broadcast production which at times can be very fast paced. An interest in opera and the ability to read music may be useful, but is not necessary.

Be able to commit to 12-16 hours per week for the entire internship. HTML and/or WordPress experience and/or interest is not required but a plus.

Technical Director Intern - Summer 2015
One (1) position available

The Technical Direction Intern will be integrated into the daily workflow of the San Francisco Opera Technical team during the summer repertory season.  The Intern will create and manage technical documentation including technical drawings, database systems, and production paperwork.  They will also assist the Technical and Artistic teams during load-in, rehearsals, changeovers, and performances on stage.

Be able to commit to 40 hours per week for a 12-week duration beginning May 4, 2015. Candidates are expected to have extensive knowledge of Vectorworks or AutoCad, and Microsoft Word and Excel.  Candidates should have practical in-theatre experience with knowledge of technical design, project management, several technical disciplines (including stage carpentry, rigging, electronics, properties, sound), and 2D & 3D technical drafting.

In addition to the Application Instructions as described below, candidates should also submit a one-page statement of personal goals and anticipated benefits from this internship, and one letter of recommendation.

Internship Requirements

All interns are expected to possess these minimum qualifications: knowledge of their subject area, proficiency in MS Office: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (Publisher preferred); ability to work as a team player, ability to organize and prioritize, and ability to take direction well.  A valid California driver’s license is preferred. 

Application Instructions
E-mail required cover letter and résumé to with the internship department name in the subject heading, or fax to (415) 551-6297.  No phone calls, please.