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

Communications Intern - Fall 2015
One (1) position available

A unique opportunity to work with the Communications team of one of the top international opera houses in the world.  
Gain valuable public relations skills and directly contribute to special projects while working in a dynamic performing arts work environment.

§ Assists members of PR team in day-to-day administrative activities (photocopying, faxing, filing, etc.) 
§ Assists with compiling/organizing press clippings
§ Reads articles online and in print and adds information to press report
§ Provides assistance during performances, events and conferences when necessary (includes some evenings and 
§ Participates in writing/proofreading press releases, PR-related materials and artist biographies
§ Editing and organizing photographs

Be able to commit 7-14 hours per week for the entire internship.  The ideal candidate should have strong writing, editing, and typing skills and have basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.  An enthusiasm for classical music and opera is preferred, but not required.

Education Intern - Fall 2015 beginning August 31
One (1) position available

The Education Department of San Francisco Opera provides opera education opportunities for adults, students and families. 

The Education intern is assigned a variety of projects to support the work of the department, including but not limited to:
§ Attends and documents opera resource visits to schools in SF and East Bay.
§ Helps create resource materials for school programs.
§ Assists with school outreach efforts, including managing mailings and maintaining mailing list.
§ Provides support for events, including teacher professional development sessions.
§ Publicizes events using online listings and social media. 
§ In addition, to ensure that the intern has the full picture of the everyday work processes of an Education department, some general duties will also be included.

Be able to commit to 14-21 hours per week for the entire internship

Electronic Media Intern - Fall 2015
One (1) position available

Our Electronic Media Department has an internship available this Fall 2015 (July/August to December). This position will give you the opportunity to learn about multi-camera and single camera production as it applies to image magnification, live video capture and HD broadcast television. The intern will work with and assist the Video Director, Assistant Video Director, Media Coordinator as well as the video and sound crew.

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 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.

Be able to commit to 12-16 hours per week for the entire internship including some evenings and weekends. 

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.