We have several internship opportunities at the Symphony. An internship is different from volunteering in that we ask you to make a significant time commitment to the symphony, take responsibility for a specific project, and learn to work across many areas of the symphony. Interns will have a staff member who will work with you to develop a project plan, provide mentorship throughout the project, and provide feedback on your work. All Symphony internships are unpaid, but you will be able to attend concerts for free. It is possible to get school credit if that works for your professors/teachers/administrators.

Internships at the Symphony will provide you with experience in: community engagement, community collaborations, marketing, writing and/or photography. You must be a self-driven individual who is creatively ambitious and committed to community engagement. ● Multitasking, enthusiastic, hardworking with excellent organization and communication skills. ● Eagerness to engage with the community, learn about arts management, and creatively develop new ideas in line with our Marketing Goals. ● Must work well in a collaborative environment as well as individually. ● Must be knowledgeable with basic office software and social media platforms. 

To apply to any of these positions, please send a cover letter and resume via email to Cordelia Neff at


Education and Fundraising Intern

Hours: 4-8 hours a week

Start date/end date:  2017-18 Winter Quarter Only


Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Then join the Santa Cruz Symphony! As the Education and Development intern you will be responsible for coordinating the Santa Cruz Symphony's education partnership with local schools. We invite 4th and 5th grade teachers to have a musician visit their class, and then come on a field trip to a free concert of the Santa Cruz Symphony. The intern will take a leadership role in this project. Since the Family Concert is in February, we do ask that you commit for two quarters. Other projects include helping staff with fundraising activities, and building a database of music education throughout the county.

  • Assist with concerts, setting up, help patrons and volunteers
  • Assist with the Education Program: reaching out to teachers, coordinating docents, scheduling school visits, and prepare training materials
  • Help put together a comprehensive report of status of music education in Santa Cruz County
  • Create directory of PTA groups and market our music listening program to them
  • Create surveys for teachers, musician and docents


Digital Marketing Intern

Hours: For credit 12 hours a week, or 2 interns at 4-8 hours a week

Start/End Dates:  Available Year Round


Do you want to use your creative business side to make a difference in your community? Then join the Santa Cruz Symphony! As the Digital Marketing Intern you will be responsible for managing digital communications for the Symphony. This includes writing a bi-weekly email, and posting concerts in online calendars. You will work closely with staff to develop campaigns that demonstrate how the Symphony is part of the fabric of our community. A successful candidate will have strong writing skills. A passion for photography will also be a big plus.

Main Duties

  • Collaborate with staff to create a content calendar that spans social and email channels
  • Write bi-weekly email
  • Take pictures at events

Other Duties

  • Interview concert-goers and create video advertisement
  • Write blog entries
  • Update the Symphony’s app


Office Intern/Work Study

Hours: 4-6 hours a week

Start / End Dates: ongoing


Use your skills to help the Santa Cruz Symphony! We are looking for a dedicated, organized student to help with office tasks that keep the Santa Cruz Symphony running. This student will be responsible for office tasks such as data entry, filing, and updating calendars. This position may also call for a creative side with helping to prepare materials for events, and content creation. We are hoping that this student will be able to work over several quarters.

  • Data Entry
  • Filing
  • Help with mailings (reception invitations, fund drives)
  • Create musician and soloist parking permits
  • Door prize management
  • Product fulfillment
  • Manage in-house printing projects
  • Order office supplies
  • Update google calendar