Communications, Public Relations and Digital Marketing Internship


Since 1979, San Francisco Performances has been a pioneer in the Bay Area by introducing hundreds of classical music, jazz and contemporary dance artists to audiences. With a strong artistic vision, San Francisco Performances presents the world’s finest in music and dance, connecting audiences with artists in intimate settings.


San Francisco Performances is pleased to offer internship opportunities during the fall, spring and summer semesters for students or graduates interested in pursuing a career in performing arts administration. The intern will be exposed to the inner workings of a non-profit performing arts organization and have the opportunity to fully participate in each of the departments that make up the organization and gain hands-on experience in the various aspects of presenting internationally acclaimed performers at the height of their artistry. The intern will have the opportunity to work within various organizational departments depending on interest and department needs. While the intern will not be expected to toil excessively in administrative tasks, the intern will be expected to shoulder their share of administrative tasks as necessary, along with the rest of the staff. The intern is expected to fully participate in the process as an integral member of each assigned department, and represent themselves as a member of SFP in interaction with the artists and/or the public. The intern must treat with respect our subscribers, patrons, volunteers and venue staff.

All internships are unpaid part-time positions. Some evening and/or weekend hours at performances are required during the fall and spring internship periods. Interns receive a small monthly travel stipend, plus complimentary tickets to SFP’s performances during the season. Interns are invited and encouraged to attend as many performances as desired.


The intern will be focused on a combination of marketing/communications and public relations projects. Projects may include gathering brochure materials, artist bios and other artist related research; social media content development and strategizing; creating resources for education programs; updating community calendar listings and other PR/marketing tasks.

There are also opportunities to work with the Front of House staff at performances, setting up the marketing table, answering patron’s questions, and assisting with audience interaction with the artists post-performance.


  • Demonstrated interest in the field of arts administration
  • Demonstrated interest, knowledge of and/or background in the arts (classical music or dance is highly preferable).
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Able to speak articulately about social media and familiar with, multiple social media platforms—particularly Facebook, Twitter, Intsagram, YouTube
  • Enthusiasm, reliability, and attention to detail are a must
  • Interns must be willing to work at least 10 hrs/week for a minimum period of 3 months
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) is strongly preferred

How to Apply

To apply to an internship at San Francisco Performances, please send a resume and cover letter to Please specify preferred internship period. All interns report directly to the Operations Manager.