The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Internship Program provides a unique learning opportunity for college students and recent graduates interested in careers in performing arts administration. An internship with the HSO combines the practical application of collegiate studies with invaluable hands-on training and professional experience, and interaction with fellow interns and with staff allow for the creation of valuable contacts for the future.

All internships are unpaid. Candidates should be creative, detail-oriented and professional, and must have a valid driver’s license. Candidates are required to submit a writing sample with the application. Flexible hours, but may require some nights and weekends.


The Development Intern will assist with all aspects of donor relations and development, including working with staff, individual donors, sponsors, and patrons. Ideal candidate will be pursuing or hold a degree in music, English, communications, or business. Candidates should be self-motivated and enjoy engaging with a wide variety of people. Fundraising experience a plus.

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The Education Intern will work in all areas of education programming, including facilitating HSO’s Instrument Discovery Lab, researching content for teacher’s guides, and assisting with the production and execution of education and community engagement concerts, both small ensemble performances out in the community and the school-day Discovery Concerts at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Ideal candidate will be pursuing or hold a degree in music, arts administration, or education. Candidates should enjoy working with young children, be able to identify common orchestral instruments, and must be able to lift up to 25 lbs with ease.

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The Production Intern will assist with all facets of production management. Interns will work with production staff to ensure smooth operation of rehearsals and concerts, support guest artist relations and hospitality, and maintain archives. Ideal candidate will be pursuing or hold a degree in theater, music, arts administration, company management, or stage management.

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The Music Library Intern will be involved in preparing, maintaining, and organizing the Hartford Symphony’s sheet music library under direct supervision and instruction from the HSO’s Music Librarian.  The Music Library Intern will also provide support for the development of future programs.    

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Our Instrument Discovery Labs are currently on-hold due to health and safety concerns. Please check back in Spring 2022 for updated information.

The IDL Workshop Facilitator will be responsible for managing the onsite operations of the HSO Instrument Discovery Lab, a hands-on program that includes instrument demonstration for kids by Hartford Symphony musicians, followed by a chance for the kids to play the instruments themselves. Ideal candidate will be pursuing or hold a degree in music, theater, arts administration, or stage management. Education experience a plus. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and own vehicle, be able to lift up to 25 lbs with ease, and be able to pass a background check.

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For more information and to submit an application, email the Manager of DEI Initiatives and Community Engagement, Timothy Brown at tbrown@hartfordsymphony.org.

The Bushnell and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra are not-for-profit, Equal Opportunity Employers, proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens.

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