APO Administrative Internship

Internship Overview

APO seeks undergraduate and graduate students interested in working for and learning about a young non-profit performing arts organization. Our internship program is designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities and hands-on experience to students with an interest in the performing arts, arts administration, or a related field. The selected intern will assist with specialized tasks and assignments within our organization’s marketing and operations departments, learning about and contributing to the ongoing projects within each area.

The majority of this internship will be spent supporting the day-to-day needs of the organization, with short and long-term projects being assigned throughout the internship term as well. This position will have the opportunity to assist with the onsite operations of TV Show Filmings for PBS, contributing to pre-production and on-site production needs. Start and end dates of this internship are flexible, and the internship will take place in-person. Interns will work up to 20 hours a week focusing on tasks that are tailored to the needs of the organization and the interests of the intern, when possible.


APO Interns who complete the program will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience working for a performing arts organization currently engaging in multiple projects with PBS.

Additional benefits include:

● Monthly stipend of $500
● Networking opportunities within our organization, our partners, and beyond
● Academic/Internship credit (per accepted participants’ college/university guidelines)
● Opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation upon successful and satisfactory completion of the internship

**Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall Internship Dates: Early September, 2021 – Mid-December, 2021 (Internship term is flexible depending on school and professional schedules.)


Internship duties will include but not be limited to-

● Assist with load in, set up, and load out for APO events, concerts, and TV filmings;
● Serve as a production assistant for filmed and live performances in the DMV area;
● Help with office administrative tasks including organization of office supplies and other inventory upkeep;
● Support the creation and distribution of social media marketing materials for upcoming APO events;
● Work with other members of the APO team to help keep storage units organized;
● Perform basic administrative tasks as needed and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Current undergraduate or graduate student
● Ability to multi-task and simultaneously work on multiple projects from different departments
● Willingness to complete multiple research projects and social media postings
● Capability to lift up to 30lbs and assist with load-in/loadouts of APO events
● Experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Dropbox, and social media platforms
● Strong writing and communication skills
● Knowledge of and ability to read music a plus

About APO:

The American Pops Orchestra was founded in 2015 and is dedicated to bringing American popular music to diverse new audiences in dynamic ways. APO reimagines music, performing in non-traditional orchestral settings and custom arrangements. Partnering with PBS, APO has recently been seen in various national specials, includingPBS’ 2021 NYE special “United in Song”.

To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to:


● Resume and Cover Letter (including two [2] references and if you are seeking academic credit for this internship)
● Link to a recent artistic performance or artwork that inspires you (with brief description of impact)