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Programs Intern

Description of Organization

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is in its 44th season. The organization is comprised of over 80 musicians who are primarily volunteers, a board of directors, and a small office staff. As part of our concert series, the BSO presents six to seven classical concerts. Each of these concerts features world renowned soloists.  In addition, the organization does over 90 in-school concerts each season and collaborates with Mount Baker Theatre for an Educational Concert as part of their Educational Series. The BSO receives great support from the community with some seasons having multiple sold out concerts. We are looking for an intern to assist with our Youth and Community Engagement Programs. There is potential for the intern to work with other areas of the office including operations and marketing.

There are many benefits to this internship including working with a great team. We are enthusiastic about sharing fine orchestral music with our community. We strive to put forth high quality work with innovative strategies. The mission of the Symphony is, “Music of all ages to inspire all ages.” 


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Internship Title

Programs Intern

Internship Description

This is an exciting opportunity for the intern to learn about arts administration and build important contacts within the community. The intern will work closely with the Operations Manager and Executive Director to implement Youth and Community Engagement Programs. Interns will build relationships with Whatcom County schools, principals, and teachers as well as other arts organizations, helping to coordinate concerts at various venues. The intern will follow-up with schools, collecting important data used for grant writing. Depending on experience, there is potential for the intern to work in our marketing department as well.


  • Communicate with musicians, schools, and community organizations via phone or email to coordinate in-school and community performances
  • Use programs such as Google Forms and Doodle to organize performances and gather data
  • Use Google Drive programs to communicate and collaborate with office staff
  • Assist with documentation and analysis of programs
  • Attend some in-school and community performances, taking video and pictures


BSO Office, 316 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA


Hours are estimated at 6-8 hours per week on average but are flexible.


This position is open until filled and the duration is flexible. Ideally, the intern would start in September and continue through the end of spring quarter. It is possible for the position to continue through the summer and into the following school year.


This is an unpaid internship.


Excellent computer skills are required with experience working with Google Drive and Doodle preferred. Excellent research, written and oral communication skills, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are important. Needs to be able to work independently with minimal supervision. A strong interest in entering a position in the arts non-profit sector or music education is preferred. Prefer music, arts administration, education, or marketing majors.


Music, Arts Administration, Education, Marketing

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.