It is hard to imagine an internship that provides greater access to the theater industry than NYMF.  I’m grateful to have spent a summer working alongside such established theater professionals whose mentorship has made me more prepared to pursue a career in theater. My NYMF internship was a motivating opportunity to supplement my academic coursework with real world experience in the heart of New York City.

Kevin O'Hora, Master in Arts Management Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University   .
Photo: Sophie Thomason

Internships

The award-winning New York Musical Festival is seeking interns to help launch 2018 NYMF as preparations begin for NYMF’s flagship program, the Next Link Project, and the Annual Gala. Positions are available in the Producing, General Management, Programming, and Development departments.

The internship program exposes young professionals to the world of non-profit theater administration and production. Interns are active participants in the day-to-day operations of all facets of the company. Our interns not only gain valuable skills in the industry, but also receive support and feedback from their supervisors and fellow staff, as well as exposure to a diverse array of non-profit and commercial theater organizations and professionals.

NYMF interns are independent, organized, and comfortable under pressure. They also have strong writing, research, and communication skills.

Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career professionals. All interns receive a monthly travel stipend after successful completion of their internship. Alternatively, college credit can be arranged in lieu of a stipend.

 

Applications are now open for the Fall of 2018 

 

PROGRAMMING

The Programming team is instrumental in all artistic decisions related to NYMF. From selecting productions, concerts, readings, and events for the Festival; to working with creative teams at every step of the process; to organizing public and private events throughout the year, the Programming team is consistently taking on new projects. The Programming Intern reports directly to the Producing Artsitc Director. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have the ability to work independently and on multiple projects at one time, have strong communication and writing skills, as well as being passionate about musicals.

Responsibilities may include:

Tracking submissions and evaluations, assisting with submission outreach, and liaising with the Reading Committee and Grand Jury for the Next Link Project, evaluating Next Link script submissions, attending readings, and writing coverage. Supporting the Director of Programming and Artist Services with relevant communication and administrative tasks

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience reading, analyzing, and evaluating scriptsfor coverage

  •  Comfortable with high volume tracking and artist interfacing

  •  Dramaturgical experience and musical knowledge are a plus

Ideal for:

Those pursuing careers in Literary Management, Dramaturgy, Artistic Direction, Creative Producing, Playwriting and/or Theatrical Composition.

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Each member of the General Management team works to contract, execute, and document all programs related to the Festival. Through daily correspondence with representatives from venues, unions, and other theatrical organizations, the GM team ensures the continued functionality and viability of the Festival. The ideal candidate will be an organized, independent worker with an interest in any field of theatrical management or administration, along with a special place in their heart for musical theater.

Responsibilities may include:

Gala production management, review and verification of contracts, volunteer program coordination, and vendor communication and tracking.

Preferred Experience:

  • Leadership position in the theater (i.e director, producer, stage manager, etc) for a college level or higher production
  • Experience with reading and drafting contracts is a plus
  • Comfortable with formatting and maintaining complex spreadsheets
  • Theater and event production experience is a plus

Ideal for:

Those pursuing careers in General Management, Company Management, Event Coordination, Theatre Administration, or Producing.

 

EXECUTIVE

Working directly with the Executive Director of the Festival, the Executive Intern will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects and departments of the Festival. The ideal candidate will be independent, organized, highly proficient in researching, writing, and editing, and will also have a love of musical theater.

Responsibilities may include:

Extensive communication with major donors and board members, liaising with high-level industry, fiscal sponsorship correspondence, and administrative support to the Executive Director.

Preferred Experience:

  • Wide knowledge of current Broadway shows and musical landscape
  • Leadership position in the theater (i.e director, producer, stage manager, etc) for a college level or higher production
  • Proficient in both Windows and Mac

Ideal for:

Those pursuing careers in Producing, Development, or Theatrical or Non-Profit Administration.

 

DEVELOPMENT

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position offers the right candidate an opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to all aspects of fundraising. Candidates should be self-motivated, independent and organized with highly proficient skills in researching, writing, editing and communication. An interest in special events and/or Institutional Giving coupled with an easy ability to learn new software (Salesforce, HTML, OvationTix, etc.) is preferred.


Responsibilities may include:

Significantly assisting with coordination of November 2018 Gala. This may include: managing the silent auction and online components, managing invitation lists, RSVPs, various acknowledgements, and assisting with all event planning; Working with the Executive Director to draft inquiry letters, acknowledgement letters, proposals and other donor correspondence; Researching potential and existing individual, foundation, corporate and government funders; Providing some administrative support including coordinating large mailings, organizing and maintaining donor database, filing, copying, writing, and editing.

Preferred Experience:

  • Event planning and/or fundraising experience
  • Excellent written communication
  • Experience with database software, Excel, and mail merge is a plus
  • Proficient in both Windows and Mac
  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus

Ideal for:

Those pursuing careers in Fundraising, Development, Event Planning, or Non-Profit Administration.

Additional Work Sample (Preferred but not required): With your cover letter and resume, please include a short (no more than one page) writing sample as a PDF attachment.

 

How to apply:

o    Fill out the application form HERE

o    Make sure to attach your resume and cover letter

o    Please include 2 professional references in your cover letter

o    Qualified candidates will be contacted directly to schedule an interview

o    NYMF is an EOE


For additional questions, please e-mail interns@nymf.org.

 


 


Here’s what past NYMF interns have to say:

“Interning at the New York Musical Festival reminded me why I love musicals so much and why the theater community as a whole is so great. You become really entrenched in the whole industry for the internship and meet all of these people who are going to drastically change the theatrical landscape in the near future as well as some crazy talented people who already have. There's no better or more immersive way to learn about the theater industry and get involved in it in a real way.”

– Isabel Schwartzberg, former Executive Intern; current Sophomore at Occidental College

“My NYMF internship was my first introduction to the world of professional, non-profit NY theater. As a student actor at a Southern liberal arts university, I'd had little to no exposure to most aspects of professional production aside from performance, but had always had a desire to learn — and what better way than to dive headfirst into a theater festival of NYMF's scope and reach? I got to brush up against both new faces and established voices in the industry hugely expanded my repertoire of marketable knowledge and skills and made lasting friendships and professional relationships. It also led to my current adventure in the start-up theater arm of a major motion picture studio. An internship with NYMF is an incredible springboard if you're willing to make the leap.”

- Connor Brockmeier, former Production Management Intern; current Assistant to the Creative Director, Fox Stage Productions

"My internship experience at NYMF was a remarkably personal one. All of the supervisors truly care about what YOU hope to get out of your time at NYMF and they will ensure the nourishment of your personal interests, such as conducting intern sessions with experts from all areas of theater that are entirely based on your interests."

– Alex Blankman, former Producing Intern; current Senior at Boston University  

"Interning at NYMF has truly been a life-changing experience for me. I went into this internship thinking I would get a few new connections and some experience in the field and I got so much more than I could have imagined. The staff at NYMF truly cared about me as a person and as a professional. They provided me with meaningful tasks and projects along with several "intern-education" panels that helped me learn about so many other facets of this field. I feel so lucky that my first official internship was with NYMF because everyone I encountered played an essential role in my development as a professional in this field.”

- Darby Adler, former Management Intern; current Sophomore at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"The NYMF Intern experience has been an invaluable mechanism for growing as a theater professional. Not only have I learned about processes and skills that are useful in the field, but I have also built relationships with many people currently working in the industry. In addition, The New York Musical Festival has allowed me to pursue work in aspects of the theater world that I would never have thought to explore."

- Erica Schnitzer, former Management Intern; current Junior at Skidmore College


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