American Festival for the Arts, 2007 Summer Music Conservatory and Concert Series

Alumni Internship Program

Department Description

Led by AFA Founding Director, J. Todd Frazier and AFA Executive Director, Michael Remson, AFA’s Alumni Internship Program offers college-age AFA alumni a unique paid employment opportunity in the field of arts management.

The internship is designed to be an educational, working experience for alumni of AFA. Interns work closely with the Executive Staff as they assist in managing the day-to-day operations of AFA from behind the scenes. As former students themselves, interns are in a position to mentor and assist current students, become important role models, and be the “public face” of AFA. Interns are expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, teamwork, and willingness to participate whenever needed. The Alumni Internship program is neither a playing residency nor an office job. Interns can expect to perform a wide variety of tasks and take part in many aspects of administration, production, newsletter development, fundraising and operations.

Interns may also be asked to coach student chamber music groups, to perform with student and faculty groups as needed and to assist academic departments in curriculum implementation. Regularly scheduled classes with AFA faculty and staff help interns develop administrative, marketing and fundraising skills. Interns apply what they learn to implement a series of special projects in support of AFA, thereby gaining important practical experience. In this way, Alumni Interns provide a critical link between the faculty and students and are an important factor in the overall success of the Summer Music Conservatory.

Available Positions

  • Houston Alumni Interns (by department)
  • Senior Intern(s) (Houston)
  • Southeast Texas Interns (living in Beaumont)

How to Apply

The AFA Alumni program is highly competitive with less than one in four applicants accepted in a given year. If you are interested in the Alumni Intern program, you:

  • Should be interested and/or pursuing arts management and/or K-12 education as part of your college work.
  • Must be available at least 35 hours per week during the festival, including evening concerts, and for the 3-4 days immediately before and after the Conservatory dates. For 2007, the employment dates for all interns are May 31 through July 18, 2007
  • Must be able to do at least some lifting and moving of equipment and materials.
  • Should complete the Alumni Intern application form no later than March 31, 2007. Applicants are notified of the Admission Committee’s decision by April 15, 2007.

To apply for the AFA Alumni Internship, click here.