Ardea Arts is a non-profit arts organization that creates and produces provocative new works of opera and music-theater to entertain, challenge and inspire today’s diverse global community, uplift the human spirit and encourage new ways of seeing our world. This internship will give the right candidate hands-on experience with a small non-profit performing arts organization. You will be an integral part of the organization, work side by side with the creative team, staff and artists who are creating new opera for new audiences.

Internship description

The right candidate will be organized, able to multitask and complete jobs with a high degree of excellence, an excellent writer, a good communicator, a team player, detail-oriented, a self-starter, and ready to pitch in with whatever is needed. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Mac OSX required; proficiency in database management a plus. Knowledge of theater, music theater, opera and family programming a plus. Photoshop experience and ability to read music a plus.

Specific tasks and skill requirement

• Maintain spreadsheet and databases of artists, presenters and donors
• Develop assistance: database entry and maintenance, foundation research, donor correspondence prep
• Development: assist with database entry and maintenance, preparing and sending newsletters, invites and project updates; packets and update to donors and potential donors.
• Assistance with grant preparation, marketing packets, scheduling and travel arrangements
• General administrative support: paperwork, packets, flyers, errands, mailings, organization of files, information, artist travel booking, studio maintenance, etc.
• Maintaining and organizing office facilities
• Organizational maintenance
• Organize archival material
• Event Planning: Assist with event planning and production, (occasional evening and weekend hours) event management, cleanup and post event organization.
• Social media: Assist with all types of social media including FB, Twitter, email lists and website maintenance.
• Ability to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs
• Varius other tasks and duties as needed.

The internship will run the length of the fall semester from approximately Tuesday, September 6th to roughly Friday, December 16th. Internship will require working a minimum of 21 hours per week commitment. Successful candidates' working schedule will be determined upon hiring.
Stipend: Monthly Metro-Card after first month.

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your career goals, why you feel working with Ardea Arts will assist you in achieving your short and long-term goals, and what you feel you can contribute to the company and the current project under development. Please also include your resume with references. For more information, please contact

Our Summer 2016 interns!

Our Summer 2016 interns!



My experience working with Ardea Arts was the first real stepping stone I had into the world of arts administration. As the Artistic Administrative Intern I coordinated appointments, participated in company meetings, and worked closely to maintain databases. Additionally, I helped create a social media campaign for the company and produced visual and written content representing Ardea. One of the most important skills I gained through Ardea was participating in the editing of grant proposals. Since working with Ardea Arts I have been qualified for working with other performing art production teams, and have made many networking connections in the industry.

Caroline Lim

Summer 2015 - Administrative & Development Intern


As an intern at Ardea Arts I gained a broad range of new experiences. I had never worked on the administrative side of a business, so I learned more about how an office operates on a day-to-day basis and what an intensive marketing period looks like. I had also never been around a professional theater production, so it was exciting to see it come together as I learned about the different roles. Finally, I had very little graphic design experience, so it was cool to discover how much I enjoyed it as I gained a great deal of practice with different Adobe programs. 

Anne Leonardo

Summer 2016 - Administrative & Graphic Design Intern


As an administration and development intern, I worked on BOUNCE The Basketball Opera this summer. It was interesting to learn how a workshop production comes together and the level of preparation needed beforehand. I have had a primary involvement in theatre, but never from a behind-the-scenes standpoint, so it was great to understand that side. I developed hands-on experience of different administrative positions in a theatre/opera company and made many useful connections. I'm thankful to the Ardea Arts team for being so welcoming.

Tara Mulligan

Summer 2016 - Administrative & Development Intern


In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to intern at Ardea Arts. Throughout the 7 or so weeks I interned there, I gained vast knowledge on how to prepare and run a workshop production of a musical. At the time we were working on BOUNCE The Basketball opera. For the show, I was able to use my knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign to produce a program, app and other graphics needed for the show. I was also put in charge of props during the actual performances. During this opportunity I never felt alone. I worked with four other interns as well as producers, other employees, musicians and the cast of the show. Working at Ardea Arts has prepared me to work with other theatre companies. 

Jennifer Sacks

Summer 2016 - Administrative & Production Intern