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: Morgan Barba

Internships

The award-winning New York Musical Festival is seeking interns to help launch 2017 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 Marketing 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.

Fall internships will begin in August/September and last until mid-December.

To apply: please submit a PDF of your resume and cover letter by Monday, August 15th. Click here to apply.

NYMF is an EOE.


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 Director of Programming and Artist Services. 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 scripts for coverage
- Comfortable with high volume submission tracking and artist interfacing
- Dramaturgical experience and musical theatre knowledge are a plus
- Experience with Salesforce is a plus

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

Marketing

Our Marketing team uses their communications skills to let the world know that "Musicals Live Here" at NYMF. This team plays a critical role in coordinating a unified voice for all communications, and help to sustain our fun and festive image in an ever-changing theatrical landscape. The Marketing Intern reports directly to the Marketing Manager. The ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter with an interest in marketing or related fields and a great passion for musical theater.

Responsibilities may include:
Brand strategy, advertising, promotions, press, partnerships, graphic design, researching audiences, social media, and analyzing consumer data, insights, and market developments.

Preferred experience:
- Excellent knowledge of advertising on social media platforms
- Experience with MailChimp or other email marketing platforms
- Light graphic design work with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
- Wide knowledge of current Broadway and musical landscape
- Experience with OvationTix and/or other ticketing platforms is a plus
- Experience with Salesforce is a plus

Ideal for:
Those majoring in Marketing, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Social Media, Advertising, Sales, Business, Psychology, and Creative Problem Solving.

Producing

Working directly with the Executive Director & Producer, the Producing 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:
Gala auction coordination, organizational supervision of Gala attendees and performers, collaboration with Development team, extensive communication with major donors and board members

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
- Experience with database software, Excel, and mail merge is a plus
- Familiarity with InDesign is a plus
- Experience with Salesforce is a plus

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

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

Ideal for:
Those pursuing careers in General Management, Company Management, Theater Administration, or Producing.


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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