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 Enforcement.  

  • 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.

The ideal candidate should be a self-starter able to work under tight deadlines, 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, and experience in HTML and/or WordPress or a strong desire to learn.  You should be comfortable with and able to work in live television 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.

Available Internships

There are no internship opportunities at this time. We invite you to frequent our website as we may be looking for qualified interns like you with each new season!

Internship Requirements

All interns are expected to possess these minimum qualifications: knowledge of their subject area, proficiency in MS 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.