The Kennedy Center

NSO Operations Intern

Department description

The National Symphony Orchestra Operations department produces a wide variety of symphonic, pops, education, and televised programs, both in the Kennedy Center, in the community, and on tour. The NSO is looking for a passionate individual who wants to learn firsthand how to produce orchestral concerts and gain valuable experience in the day-to-day operations of a professional symphony orchestra.

Project description

Concert Production: The intern will contribute to the planning and smooth operations of NSO concerts through a weekly set of responsibilities, including preparing technical schedules, arranging keyboard tunings, participating in production meetings, managing rehearsal space calendars, and other production-related tasks. The intern will have opportunities to shadow and assist NSO staff backstage during rehearsals and concerts.

Operations & Departmental Projects The intern will support day-to-day operations of the NSO staff to gain an understanding of how the organization functions both in individual departments and as a whole. Regular administrative tasks include maintaining purchase order logs, creating and distributing meeting agendas, and contributing to the general organization of the office.

Key Dates

Spring 2019 Term

Application Available: August 9-November 4, 2018

Term Dates: January 21-May 3, 2019

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Fall 2018 Term

Application closed July 15, 2018

Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018


Summer 2019 Term

Application Available: December 10-March 17, 2019

Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019