CG: NYMF Offers Fall Internships

July 15, 2011 - by NYC News Desk
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The New York Musical Theatre Festival offers internships in a variety of fields allowing interns to learn about not-for-profit theatre through active participation in a small, open-office environment. NYMF interns have an area of focus catered to each individual's personal goals and interests allowing them to gain specific skills and creating a lens through which to view their internship. All interns also perform general office responsibilities to help maintain an orderly office environment, support NYMF staff as necessary, and gain a comprehensive view of the Festival's operations. Interns form a critical part of the Festival staff and aid in key duties and participate in significant projects in their chosen field.

Internships are open to current undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career professionals for Fall 2011. Exact dates are flexible to accommodate individual interns' availability. Preference is given to full time (40 hours/week) candidates. Part time positions are available, but interns must commit a minimum of 16 hours/week.

All interns should have a passion for live theatre and be enthusiastic about new theatrical works.

Operations - interns interact and collaborate with the entire staff on a daily basis as a central point for information and coordination. Tasks include database management, mail merging, general filing, and reception. Activities vary based on the time of year. Interns should have excellent knowledge of both Word and Excel, and a good phone manner. This is a perfect position for someone starting out in theatre administration, as it gives a comprehensive overview of NYMF, and allows the intern to develop a breadth of administrative skills.

Development - interns work closely alongside the Development Director and assist with planning, coordinating, and executing all membership, patron, and fund raising efforts. Tasks include database management, mail merging, coordinating large mailings, regular communication and interaction with members and donors, and involvement in development events including the annual gala benefit. Interns should have excellent knowledge of Excel and strong writing skills.

General Management - interns work with the General Management department which oversees all administrative aspects of the Festival including managing participant contracts, verifying sales and settlements, and coordinating the schedules of over 40 full productions and special events across a 3 week period. Interns play a key support role to this administrative oversight throughout the Festival. Tasks include uploading resource content to our website to communicate with participating productions, maintain online database of participants, patrons, and members, and conduct research on a variety of topics pertaining to Festival logistics. An understanding of the advanced function of MS Word and Excel is a must, as are strong communication skills with an ability to see a project through from start to finish. Experience with database systems, ticketing systems, and website maintenance is a plus.

Literary - interns work closely with the Director of Programming to coordinate and evaluate the hundreds of musical submissions received each spring, as part of the Next Link Project. Tasks include script evaluation, tracking of submissions, database management, and attending programming meetings. Interns should have excellent knowledge of Excel, strong writing skills, and a strong literary/dramaturgical interest.

Marketing - interns work with the Marketing staff, and focus on publicity and sponsorship for the festival. Interns assist in writing sponsorship proposals, researching potential sponsors, and help with managing all marketing and publicity. Tasks include assisting with development of marketing materials, attending marketing meetings, correspondence with advertisers and sponsors, and updating online media. Intern should have good interpersonal skills, proofreading skills, and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and html.

Once NYMF has received your application, our office will be in touch to confirm receipt of your materials, request additional information, and/or set up an interview. In-person interviews are preferred, but phone interviews can be arranged in most cases. Interviews are conducted during office hours, Monday though Friday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

How to Apply:
- Cover Letter including dates of availability and preferred area(s) of focus
- Resume including administrative and theatrical experience (performance resume not necessary)
- A letter of recommendation from an employer, professor, etc.
- A non-fiction writing sample (3-5 pages)

Please Send Materials to the NYMF Director of Operations, Lynn Spector, at

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