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.

Available Internships


Our Artistic Administration department has an internship available for the Summer session, beginning May 15, 2014. The intern must be able to commit between 15-20+ hours per week.
§ Assist with all media rights acquisition activity including the creation & distribution of contract riders and data sets, monitoring and tracking agreements and payments, and corresponding with artists and/or artist managers regarding individual agreements
§ Assist in the planning & coordination of company general audition sessions and developing a tracking and review management system for review of submissions and candidates
§ Assist in artistic social media activities including the creation of special initiatives and content with artists and creative teams on SFO media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, etc.)
§ Assist with special projects and research including the creation of an artistic operations project management system and  new works research
§ Assist with artist services requests and special events involving company artists
§ Other projects as mutually agreed upon

§ Knowledge of opera, classical music, theater, and/or other performing art forms;
§ Strong technical skills including MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and background in computer programming and/or database software (Filemaker, Bento, Salesforce, etc.)
§ Social media savvy on all major platforms with a background in content creation that drive user engagement
§ Capacity to manage multiple projects and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
§ Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with artists and staff professionally and handle confidential discreet matters with tact
§ Must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited academic program at a college or university, at least freshman level, and be receiving academic credit for the internship


Our Electronic Media department has an internship available in each of Spring, Summer, and Fall.  The intern must be able to commit between 12-16 hours per week including some evening and weekends. This position will give you the opportunity to learn about multi-camera and single camera production as it applies to image magnification and HD broadcast television.  The intern will work with and assist the Video Director, Media Coordinator as well as the video and sound crew.

  • Answering phones, faxing and basic administrative duties
  • Work with the Audio/Video Engineers on a special project regarding streaming and website workings and design
  • Assist media staff and video / sound crew with basic duties
  • Assist with transcribing interviews

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.

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, fax to (415) 551-6297, or mail hard copies to the address below.  No phone calls, please.

Attention: Human Resources
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102