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Summer Communications and Marketing Internships

Organization
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Working Time
Full Time
Remuneration
Unpaid

Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships give budding professionals a competitive edge—whether they seek jobs in the arts or any other field.

Employers are looking for college graduates who can hit the ground running—those who don’t need training in basic workplace skills, like inter-office communications and coordinating multiple projects. 

Interns and apprentices get a nuanced view of a field that is rapidly changing and what it takes to evolve and innovate. This experience helps interns and apprentices build leadership skills that can be applied to the performing arts or any line of work they choose to pursue.

Marketing/Promotions Internship
Learn the ins and outs of marketing for a nonprofit arts organization in a diverse role that helps drive ticket sales and attendance, while assisting in promotions, events, and more. You will assist with the creation and implementation of advertising campaigns including grassroots outreach, direct mail pieces, email marketing and more.

  • Coordinate grassroots marketing efforts to drive ticket sales: email marketing, flyer distribution, promotions, etc.
  • Lead summer brochure distribution campaign
  • Proof and edit print advertisements
  • Research areas for expanding exposure to targeted audiences
  • Assist with planning and implementation of promotional events

Requirements

  • Creativity, initiative, organization, and strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Working knowledge of the Washington DC media market and understanding of the performing arts patron a plus
  • Marketing students (or related area of study) preferred

Publications/Writer Internship
The Publications/Writer Intern will support the Communications & Marketing team by writing and editing copy for Wolf Trap’s print and online platforms. Through strategic and creative storytelling, this intern will support Wolf Trap’s institutional and marketing goals, and enhance the Wolf Trap experience for thousands of concert-goers each year!

  • Assist with collecting, editing, and proofreading artist information for program books
  • Research, write, and edit articles for program books, allaccess.wolftrap.org, targeted emails, press releases, and other public communications
  • Contribute to brainstorming feature articles that tell the Wolf Trap story to diverse audiences
  • Provide support for the program book review process

Requirements

  • A strong, creative writer with an interest in the arts and music
  • Copyediting skills and a sharp attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in research and organization
  • Communication, public relations, journalism, and English majors are preferred, however, great writing samples will make you stand out no matter what your focus

Graphic Design Internship
Work on a wide range of creative projects in this exciting, fast-paced environment. Receive hands-on professional experience and mentorship while enhancing your design portfolio! As an integral part of Wolf Trap’s creative team, you will design signage, program magazine layouts, invitations, print/Web ads, and more.

  • Juggle several projects simultaneously and learn how to build production schedules and meet deadlines
  • Prepare work for prepress, review proofs, and communicate with printers

Requirements

  • Talented graphic design students with an interest in performing arts or music preferred
  • Strong technical skills in Adobe creative suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) on Mac platform
  • Flash and HTML skills a plus
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Minimum of three portfolio samples required

Multimedia/Social Media
Help capture the Wolf Trap experience while enhancing your expertise of visual storytelling! Multimedia/Social Media interns have a hands-on role in telling the Wolf Trap story through visual & digital media. Responsibilities include: assisting with community engagement and content production for Wolf Trap’s social media channels, documenting select performances and events, and updating our video and photo databases.

  • Assist with research and content production of materials related to performances at The Barns and the Filene Center
  • Document the Wolf Trap experience using photography and videography
  • Serve as House Photographer for select Wolf Trap performances at The Barns and special events. Assist professional photographers during contracted shoots
  • Brainstorm, pitch, and create compelling multimedia stories that generate excitement about the Wolf Trap experience and build support for our concerts and program work
  • Contribute to management of photo and video archives. This includes selecting best images and edit, color correct, and optimize photos from each assignment; and maintaining a current b-roll library of Wolf Trap activities
  • Facilitate cross-departmental communications by assisting others in accessing video and photo assets

Requirements

  • Background in photography and/or videography, either through extracurriculars, academic experience, or professional internship experience
  • Background in contributing to management of professional social media accounts; working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram on a professional level
  • Good communication & solid writing skills
  • Interest & enthusiasm for social media platforms
  • Access to basic still camera equipment, including a 35 mm digital camera; knowledge of and experience working with a variety of lenses, tripods, flashes, filters, and light kits preferred
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and video editing software
  • Portfolio required at time of interview

Photography (part-time)
Gain experience as a member of a professional in-house creative team at a nonprofit arts organization! Help build the institutional image library at Wolf Trap by capturing, editing, and archiving photographs of onsite events and activities.

  • Contribute to the Wolf Trap image library by documenting member and patron experiences using photography
  • Study library of Filene Center venue/patron/audience images, and recommend procedure for capturing these moments in a fresh way
  • Facilitate cross-departmental communications by assisting others in accessing photo assets

Requirements

  • Talented photography students with enthusiasm for the performing arts
  • Access to basic still camera equipment, including a 35 mm digital camera; knowledge of and experience working with a variety of lenses, tripods, flashes, filters, and light kits preferred
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Bridge
  • Portfolio required at time of interview (outdoor and indoor photo samples)

Apply for these positions here. Applications due February 1.