Each year, the Ojai Music Festival Arts Management Internship Program welcomes a dozen college students and recent graduates to go behind the scenes of a renowned summer music festival. Interns work closely with the staff and production team, providing critical support and gaining invaluable hands-on experience and skills for their future careers. Each intern receives during their 2-3 week internship:
- An immersive experience in the world of a festival and inside knowledge into the many different pieces that come together for a successful weekend of concerts
- Training for their areas of responsibility from staff and leaders in the field
- Free and discounted tickets to Festival concerts (depending on work schedule and availability)
- Housing and/or homestay in the beautiful Ojai Valley and most meals during the Festival
“As an intern for the Ojai Music Festival, you become a messenger for the organizations purpose: to dare the audience to be innovative listeners of new music. The office staff and other interns become your mentors and family for the duration of your internship experience. Working with like-minded people creates the perfect atmosphere for discussion and pushes you to be your best creative self.” -Emily Persinko, CalState University, San Diego
The Festival invites interested students from all fields of study to apply for an internship. The program is ideally suited for curious, motivated individuals who are interested in the diversity of possible careers in the arts, events, and the nonprofit world. Festival interns have gone on to have successful careers in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors – those who have gone on to work in the arts have done so at organizations across the country, including Pacific Symphony, Early Music Guild of Seattle, and Voices of Change, as well as forged new paths as entrepreneurial performing artists and composers.
In 2011, Ojai Valley residents Ila and Fred Rothenberg provided the Festival with a new fund to help support the internship program, which is dedicated to in memory of their son, Steven Rothenberg. Past Rothenberg Fellows are: Fiona Digney (2017), Luke Martin (2016), Rebecca Shasberger (2015), Lauren Eales (2014), Emily Praetorius (2013), Alissa Strople (2012), Ryan Strand (2011)
Festival Interns have come from colleges and universities throughout the country, including:
- Baylor University
- Boston College
- Boston Conservatory
- California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
- California Lutheran University
- CalState University, San Diego
- CalState University, Long Beach
- Manhattan School of Music
- Oberlin College
- Peabody Conservatory
- Rice University
- Tufts University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Puget Sound
- University of Redlands
- Westmont College
- Wheaton College
Applicants must be 18 or over. Knowledge of classical music is suggested, but is not a requirement. Interns commit to 2-3 weeks in Ojai and must be available during the Festival week. Please indicate on your application if you have special schedule requirements.
How to apply – Deadline for the Ojai Music Festival (June 7-10, 2018) is February 20, 2018
- Complete the internship application and return along with a cover letter and resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters from college faculty should include how the applicant would benefit from the Internship, and how the Internship would strengthen the applicant’s college goals. These letters may be sent with the application or to the office directly.
Ojai Music Festival Internship Program
PO Box 185
Ojai, CA 93024
Attn: Andy Radford
Each of the Festival’s internship opportunities places interns in a specific area of responsibility, enabling them to gain specialized experience. However, the multilayered nature of the Festival means that often interns will assist in many different areas, as projects require. Read the brief descriptions below to see what might best interest you and indicate your interests in order of preference when you apply. The “good fit for” is not at all a requirement, just a suggestion.
Administration Interns work with the Office Manager to provide a critical central point of contact for artists, staff, and vendors. They maintain office communications and coordinate/complete projects essential to all areas of the Festival. A good fit for: interns looking to gain experience in administration, customer service, and office management.
Development and Special Events
Development and Special Events Interns work with the Director of Development to produce the various social and donor events throughout the Festival. They manage RSVP lists, coordinate and schedule vendors, create materials, and assist with other fundraising projects. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience in special events coordination and fundraising.
“As the Special Events and Development intern, I helped plan and produce donor events for patrons and artists throughout the festival. Whether I was laminating parking signs or ushering world-class musicians, I always felt as though I was doing something meaningful and exciting.” -Sierra Farrar, Westmont College
Education and Front of House (Audience Engagement)
Education Interns work with the Education Events Producer to produce the informative pre-concert lectures and talks that occur throughout the Festival weekend, plus gain work experience with the front-of-house experience. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience in event coordination and gaining experience in patron interaction.
The audio/sound intern works with the production team and the sound designer for the Libbey Bowl concerts. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience on sound design and logistics.
Stage intern works and assists Festival stage managers in various performance venues. A good fit: interns interested in gaining experience in stage management.
“A phenomenal amount of work and dedication goes into producing the Ojai Music Festival. I have learned invaluable lessons about work ethic, stage presence, and productivity.” -Jay Real, Westmont College
Patron Services/Box Office
Patron Services Interns work in the box office, serving as a guide to the Festival experience for ticket buyers, donors, and community members. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining customer service and hospitality experience.
“Working in the box office means direct engagement with patrons and artists and enjoying the best position to witness the entirety of the festival experience. It is a joy to speak with passionate people and work alongside extraordinarily talented and driven individuals.” -Cori McGinley, University of California, Berkeley
The Production Intern is also each year’s Rothenberg Fellow. The Production Intern works with the Festival Producer to coordinate artists and their needs throughout the Festival. They also work on stage and with the Stage Manager to help produce the Festival’s concerts, manage rehearsals and performances, stage changes, and coordinate between lighting and sound engineers. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience in concert production.
Public Relations and Marketing
Marketing Interns work with the Director of Marketing & Communications and other marketing team members in communicating with and coordinating press in the days leading up to and during the Festival. They also assist with the Festival’s social media presence during the Festival and creating and distributing marketing materials. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience in public relations, marketing, and social media.
“As the Public Relations and Marketing Intern, I engaged with staff, fellow interns, artists, and guest contributors to share the Festival’s collaborative spirit with our partners and audience. I loved working alongside friendly and knowledgeable staff, and it was exciting to work in a position constantly evolving according to the needs of the festival. I felt incredibly rewarded and invigorated being surrounded by such dedicated humans.” -Jamie Leidwinger, Peabody Conservatory
Retail Interns work with the Retail Manager and the Marketing Director to sell and manage merchandise. They complete pre- and post-inventories, determine signage and décor needs, and provide a warm customer experience during the Festival. A good fit for: interns interested in gaining experience in customer service and retail management.