Arts Administration Internship

Internship Description

The Washington Heights Orchestra, an orchestra based in Upper Manhattan, seek an Arts Administration Intern dedicated to building hands-on, wide-ranging experience in the field of arts management and, more specifically, classical and contemporary live music.  As an organization, we strive to be a force for transformative experiences through music – right around the block! This part-time, unpaid internship for 5-10 hours a week that provides intensive, multifaceted training in arts administration and an opportunity to hone and expand your professional skill-set in a grassroots organization. The candidate will work closely with the Artistic Director and Administrative Coordinator of the WHO. The internship can be performed remotely with weekly check-in meetings in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

About the WHCO

The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra strives to engage the people of Washington Heights and neighboring communities through exemplary musical performances and innovative educational programming. The Washington Heights Orchestra wants to connect all of us into a communal listening experience – an experience that celebrates diversity, engenders civic awareness, and enriches lives. More than classical music, our orchestra strives to be a place that connects the best art across genres and cultures and reconnects people in community. We want you to fall in love with this music. But we want more. We want you to be inspired by the positive energy created when like-minded people work together toward a common goal. 

Internship Responsibilities Include

Getting to know our neighborhood! Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan is a bustling and lively neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Our work is created by the people who live in the community – for the people who live in the community. As part of the internship – getting to know the uptown flavor will help guide everything that follows.

Helping Tell Our Story: Work with the Executive Director, Administrative Director, and Integrated Communications Intern to develop WHO’s on-going marketing strategy, specifically focused on neighborhood engagement and donor-relations. Tasks may include: drafting donor letters, conducting research, and prospecting.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Classical Music Fans! We want the next generations to love classical and new music too. This year, we’ll be launching new educational programs in uptown schools – and we want you to be a part of it! Tasks may include: Assist Executive Director with research and preparation of materials; Assist with WHO education programs, including school visits by musicians.

Operations: Assist the Administrative team in concert production and preparation.


Bachelor’s degree (at least in progress); familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and other office software; excellent attention to detail; ability to multi-task; basic knowledge of classical music and interest in music and arts nonprofit organizations; Spanish language ability is a plus.

Additional Information for Students:

We are happy to work with your school so that you receive credit for your internship, and can adapt the internship to the requirements of your school.

To Apply

Send a resume, coverletter, and any other additional materials you believe relevant to this internship to Alexis at