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Opportunities with the Merola Opera Program

Marketing & Events Summer Internship

The Merola Opera Program is seeking a talented marketing and administrative intern for our summer season, starting in May and ending August 22nd, 2016. In-person interviews begin April 25, 2016.

This internship is suited for those interested in non-profit and/or arts management. You will have opportunities to create, develop, and engage with one of the most respected performing arts institutions in the world.

For 59 years, the Merola Opera Program has been regarded as the world's foremost opera training program for aspiring singers, coaches and stage directors from all over the world. As the cornerstone of San Francisco Opera's training and performance programs for promising young artists, Merola has served as a proving ground for hundreds of artists, including Ruth Ann Swenson , Deborah Voigt , Anna Netrebko, Patricia Racette, Sylvia McNair, Thomas Hampson, Carol Vaness, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, and Dolora Zajick among many others.

Working with the Director and the Marketing, Donor Relations & Events Manager, and PR and Events Associate, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the marketing and administrative side of the arts during the Merola Opera Program summer (May - August). The intern is paid a modest stipend and will work a maximum of 20 hours a week, including some weeknight and weekends. Our office is located in the City Hall district.

The Merola Opera Program intern will be involved in:

- Event planning: The creation, planning, and staffing of numerous events such as Merola member events.

- Marketing: Creating and distributing press releases, assisting with social media, and the marketing of Merola's summer performances.

- Program development & organization: Be in charge of coordinating the Merola Community Preview program for invited community program guests to attend our final dress rehearsals.

- Career Development: As this is a learning opportunity, the intern will participate in several marketing modules with Merola staff members to learn and develop skills in press release writing, social media, event management, Adobe CreativeSuite, and development among others.


- Applicants must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and, if invited, be available for an in-person interview.

- Applicants should have excellent computer and online research skills (or enthusiasm to learn) and be PC savvy. The ability to work independently is desired as well as an enthusiasm for the performing arts. Ability to offer a maximum of 20 hours per week to work in our Civic Center office.


- Benefits include the opportunity to attend all Merola productions and events, limited San Francisco Opera presentations with a qualified Merola staff member, a monthly stipend, and the ability to earn college credit for your internship (student must arrange).

Please note that the Merola Opera Program, while working in close collaboration with San Francisco Opera, is a separate organization. This internship is specifically for work with the Merola Opera Program.

To Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume (with contacts for two references) to Dan Meagher, Director of Marketing, at dmeagher @ merola.org. No phone calls, please. Position open until filled.

The Merola Opera Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity of staff. Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.