On Site Opera is seeking interns to work within our rapidly growing organization for semester-long internships. Interns will work directly with the Executive Director and the General & Artistic Director in the areas of fundraising, marketing, and general nonprofit administration. This is a very hands-on and comprehensive internship program, affording the selected candidates the opportunity to learn the many facets of how nonprofit performing arts groups operate.

We welcome applications from rising arts administration professionals, performers eager to learn about the administrative side of the field, or students of other professions who want to learn more about the opera industry.

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About On Site Opera

On Site Opera produces site-specific operas in non-traditional venues throughout New York City (and beyond!). By staging each opera in an environment specific to the piece, OSO surrounds the audience and artists in the music and drama of the story, amplifying the connection between the world of the opera and the reality of the audience. To date, OSO has produced operas in more than a dozen unique venues, including Shostakovich’s The Tale of The Silly Baby Mouse using large-scale puppets in performances for families at the Bronx Zoo; Gershwin’s Blue Monday in the historic Cotton Club of Harlem; and Rameau’s Pygmalion in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which explored new technology in opera through the use of Google Glass supertitles. In Fall 2017, we will present a family-friendly opera about dinosaurs among the fossils in the American Museum of Natural History, as well as a special event concert in the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, preferably in one of the following areas: arts administration, performing arts production, nonprofit management, or hospitality management.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new tools quickly.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Eagerness to learn and participate!

Internship Details

  • This is an unpaid internship that may be taken for course credit if desired.
  • Interns will work 8-16 hours per week depending on academic requirements.
  • Schedule is flexible to work around intern’s academic obligations, but will generally be weekdays during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 9am and 6pm). Some weekends and evenings may be required in order to work at OSO’s performances and events; this schedule can be coordinated with the intern’s academic schedule.
  • Intern will primarily work at OSO’s office on the Upper West Side, with some flexibility to work remotely.

To Apply:

OSO has an online application portal. Please click here to upload your resume and answer a few questions about your internship goals and academic requirements.

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