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Educational Outreach Internship - Summer Internship 2021

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an eclectic, dynamic, and far-reaching celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. The nearly four-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, contemporary circus, public radio shows, comedy, film, spectacle, street arts, and family entertainment. The festival’s mission is to present a world-class celebration of arts and entertainment that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival internship program offers meaningful, on-the-job experience for college students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in arts management and live event production. Festival internships offer a wide range of hands-on experiences, professional development, networking opportunities, and research projects for aspiring arts professionals.

We anticipate interns working primarily virtually for 2021. However, we do plan on socially-distanced live events in May and June that adhere to the latest public health guidelines and mandates. Additionally, we launched virtual programming in 2020 that we will bring forward into 2021.

Title of Position: Educational Outreach Intern
Location: Ann Arbor, MI Commitment: 4-5 months, volunteer internship with honorarium provided; school credit possible
Start Date: March 19, 2021 Tentative
End Date: July 16, 2021, based on business/personal needs
Festival Dates: June 2 through July 4, 2021
Pre-Season Hours: 10-15 hours per week, flexible schedule
In-Season Hours (6/2 - 7/6): 15-25 hours per week, set schedule
Post-Season Hours (7/7-7/16): 10-15 hours per week, flexible schedule
Reports To: Programming & Operations Manager

Summary Description: The Educational Outreach Intern will gain experience in coordinating community partners, audience involvement, and educational programming in assisting with the booking, planning, and management of the educational events located in the KidZone and the Festival Footprint Learning Center nightly traditionally at Top of the Park. Some grant research for kids programming will also be part of this role. Programming will be a hybrid of in-person and digital offerings depending on local government guidelines and best practice.

Duties Include:
  • With Festival staff, program and contract the family-friendly events traditionally held at Top of the Park
  • Build connections with community organizations, sponsors and partners
  • Advance nightly event details prior to the start of the Festival
  • On-site KidZone and Festival Footprint Zero Waste Initiative Learning Center activity management
  • Advance any ancillary adult or young adult educational events related to programming
  • Assist with pre-event logistics including preparing materials and transport supplies to events
  • Assist with post-event logistics, follow-up, communication, and correspondence
  • Promote and document festival activity through grassroots marketing Street Team
  • Represent the Festival while interacting with community organizations and the general public
  • Complete a short post-season wrap report, summarizing activities and suggesting improvements
  • Participate in career development activities
  • Participate in rotational opportunities and staff shadowing
  • Provide additional administrative support

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in a deadline-based environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse community
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Comfortable overseeing and interacting with children ages 4-14 and their families
  • Comfortable assisting with crowd control and interacting with Festival participants
  • Strong “classroom management” skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines, under minimal supervision
  • Proficient in a Mac OS environment
  • An interest in non-profits and experience with the arts and entertainment field

Submission: Please submit an online application, including your resume and cover letter, at
  • Candidates are asked not to request submission status. If your qualifications match current openings, you will be contacted directly
  • Position will remain open until filled