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Be an intern with TCO and get real-world experience with one of the world's leading orchestras!

The Cleveland Orchestra is looking for students who want to gain practical, hands-on experience working with the Musical Arts Association. We accept interns on an "as needed' basis and applications are accepted at any time during the year. To be considered for an internship with The Musical Arts Association and The Cleveland Orchestra you must currently be enrolled in a degree-seeking program (undergraduate or graduate).

For internships in our Archives, Operations, Chorus, Education, or Sales & Marketing departments, please complete the Internship Application. There are currently no internship opportunites available in Philanthropy and Advancement. Questions? Please contact the  Human Resources Department.

Media Relations Intern

The Cleveland Orchestra is seeking a recent college graduate to join the Communications / Public Relations (PR) team this summer as the Media Relations Intern. This compelling storyteller with a passion for music will help to create compelling narratives about the power of music and inspiring artistry of The Cleveland Orchestra, with a central focus on the Orchestra’s mission to present extraordinary musical experiences for the people of Northeast Ohio and the world. 

This individual will support the Communications / PR staff by assisting with PR activities, including traditional external media (radio, television, and print), internally-generated digital media (social media), and photography and videography. Tasks may include monitoring, cataloguing, and circulating media mentions and news clips; writing and generating content for social media and press materials; organizing photo and video assets; and analyzing social media statistics and trends.     

This full-time summer position will work primarily on communications, media relations, and social media for the Blossom Music Festival and Summers@Severance seasons, and the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular.

Qualifications for the successful candidate include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public relations, English, writing, journalism, marketing, arts administration, music, or related field.
  • Similar previous work experience or internships in the performing arts or non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to think strategically and proactively offer solutions.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to achieve deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people, calmly, efficiently and independently in a fast-paced, dynamic and collaborative environment while managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive situations with diplomacy and tact.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs, especially the Microsoft Office Suite, and social media platforms (especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube); experience with Adobe Create Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) would be an asset.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
  • Ability to travel locally and to Blossom Music Center on some weekends is required.
  • Photography, videography, and digital photo/video software skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of classical music preferred.

The ideal candidate will be available for work from July 1 – September 6. A competitive weekly stipend will be provided. Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter and writing sample to The writing sample can be a press release, media alert, journalistic article, short essay/blog post on an artistic or job-related topic, or a critique of an artistic work; or you may create a 1-2 page press release announcing details of the Orchestra’s 2019 four-concert Summers@Severance season.  



Sponsored by KeyBank
Application Period: September 9 - November 8, 2019

The Cleveland Orchestra well be accepting applications for our KeyBank Intern Program later in 2019. Sponsored by KeyBank, the KeyBank Intern Program provides a paid internship opportunity for an African-American, Hispanic, Latino, or other ethnic minority college student who is interested in gaining hands-on experience in arts management.

The internship offers the student a unique opportunity to work with a world-class Orchestra and gain valuable experience in areas such as Development, Marketing, Communications, Education, Artistic Administration, Concert Production, and Archives. The internship may take place any timebetween March 1 and May 31 and requires a 6-week (sequential) commitment, with approximately 10+ hours each week on a flexible schedule that accommodates the student’s studies. A flat stipend of $2,500 is provided, as well as complimentary tickets to Cleveland Orchestra performances (based on availability).

The internship is awarded through a competitive application process. The deadline for application submission will be November 8, 2019. Only complete applications will be considered (note the recommendation letter required). Interested students can contact The Cleveland Orchestra’s Human Resources Department at (216) 231-7577 with any questions.