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Cultural Events Series Internships

Summary/Responsibilities

For more than five decades, the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series has united performing artists and audiences to experience and celebrate the arts. Each season, more than 7,000 patrons attend a diverse schedule of events that commences early in September and concludes in mid-May. A typical CES season includes an eclectic array of nearly fifteen performances that range from classically-trained musicians to Broadway musical theatre.

CES interns are actively involved in various aspects associated with planning and facilitating CES’ three main components: experiential education, educational outreach, and the presentation of live performance. Consistent exposure to these three core areas prepares interns for executing a wide range of tasks that are associated with presenting live professional performances. This includes active participation in the following: artist accommodations, artist hospitality and catering, box office/ticket sales, inventory and supply management, technical services, competitive grant writing, and print and social media marketing.

Fall semester interns are required to attend an extensive three-day training program that educates them about college, program operations, and the importance of leadership development. Itinerary topics often include: familiarizing oneself with colleagues and building relationships, strategies to hone the attributes of a successful leader, what a tour rider is and how to comprehend its contents, how to make the artist feel welcome, and the importance and value of teamwork.

Responsibilities


CES interns must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, must be highly dependable and self-motivated, must possess excellent time management skills, and must practice exceptional verbal and written communication abilities. The Cultural Events Series student production team is extremely collaborative. Accordingly, the ability to thrive in a team environment is required.


A CES intern’s responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • the preparation of handouts for training programs and/or weekly production meetings
  • the creation of supply/packing lists for artist hospitality and catering
  • the preparation of backstage signage for artist and non-local production crews
  • the completion of errands both on campus and amongst the local community
  • the creation and modification of documents with Microsoft Office (excel, word and publisher)
  • the composition and distribution of professional correspondence
  • the execution of room and equipment reservations
  • the procurement and distribution of parking passes for/to event personnel
  • the processing of student timesheets
  • the reservation of photographers for each performance
  • the monitoring and updating of social media websites (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact)
  • the monitoring of post-performance evaluation feedback
  • the creation and updating of contact lists of teachers and patrons in the surrounding areas

Interns are required to attend all weekly production meetings and are expected to participate in all season productions.

Interns work closely with the Director of the Cultural Events Series, the Assistant Director of Production Services, the Educational Outreach Coordinator, and the Box Office Manager.

Cultural Events Series offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities.