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Career Opportunities

FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for all open positions.

There are currently no open staff positions at this time.

FringeArts Internships

FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for all open positions.

Internship Opportunities

FringeArts internships offer empirical training for students and emerging professionals whose career interests include performing and visual arts administration, arts production, and all facets of nonprofit administration and management.

Interns of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome. FringeArts interns support programming, marketing, development, event operations and more. Academic credit may be available. Internships are available year-round on an ongoing basis. Interns are significantly needed before and during our annual 3-week Fringe Festival, presented throughout Philadelphia each September. Interns typically serve approximately 20 hours per week during regular office hours (10-6, M-F), primarily at our Old City offices. Hours are flexible.

For more information or to apply, please contact Internship@FringeArts.com. Applications should include a cover letter and resume, and additional materials where required (see job descriptions below). Applications accepted on a rolling basis. The FringeArts offices are wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly.

Artistic Programming Internship

The Programming Intern will assist the Programming Department in meeting the individual and logistical needs of presented and independent artists.

Responsibilities may include: collecting and organizing show information; coordinating housing and travel needs for out-of-town artists; assisting with artist contracts; assisting with Late Night, First Friday, and Scratch Night programming and logistics; assisting with outreach and Festival artist recruitment; purchasing, delivering, and maintaining hospitality items for artists; tracking and reporting expenses to the admin department; and assisting Programming departments with additional tasks as needed. The Programming Intern will also assist in day-to-day operations including communication with artists, mass mailings, and other administrative tasks. The Programming Intern often interfaces with artists and as such a knowledge of and curiosity about contemporary performance across the genres of dance, theater, music, comedy, cabaret, and circus is essential. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and organized, possess great communication and people skills, and will possess knowledge of the contemporary performing arts scene. The candidate will be experienced in events coordination; a self-starter with initiative who can work on projects independently; detail-oriented and organized; able to work in a high-stress environment; flexible and adaptable to change. Punctuality is essential as well as a warm, friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic personality. If selected for an interview candidate is expected to speak with fluency about their interest and previous experience in contemporary performance.

Position: 2 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  May–September

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Communications Internship

The Communications Intern will provide promotional support for the Marketing & Communications department by maintaining and developing the written identity of FringeArts.  Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop strategies focused on social media promotion and press relations.

Responsibilities: Help maintain the written identity of FringeArts in print and digital materials, write and distribute press releases, generate social media content, communicate with press, write blog posts, write copy for various communications avenues, research new shows, create tear sheets, maintain a digital press archive, and more.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, are self-motivated, and possess a sense of humor. An academic background in the arts, English, or communications is preferred, although all are welcome to apply.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit.

Dates: May–September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Development Internship

The Development Intern will provide administrative support to the Development team by assisting in all aspects of FringeArts fundraising efforts. Working collaboratively across departments, they will gain a clear-eyed understanding of how an arts organization functions and fits within its community as they identify its needs and develop creative and strategic plans to address them.

Responsibilities may include: Collaborating on engagement strategies for audiences and supporters of FringeArts; processing and acknowledging contributions and event sponsorships; supporting staff in event preparation; assisting with individual, institutional, and corporate prospect research; gathering information and generating materials for grant proposals; researching best practices and creative strategies of peer institutions; investigating alternative avenues for financial support including social media campaigns; communicating with stakeholders and supporters through a variety of media; working with fellow interns on cross-departmental projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be personable, enthusiastic, and flexible; able to work independently and collaboratively; is a people person; computer savvy with database experience; excellent writing skills; a quick learner who easily adapts to changing priorities and can manage multiple tasks at a time. Preferred candidates will have a background in Communications, English, Theatre, Nonprofit Management and/or Arts Administration and have a demonstrable interest in the performing arts.

Position: 2 open, unpaid internships, available for college credit

Dates: May–September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred, with some availability on evenings and weekends.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. An optional writing sample will also be accepted. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Financial Arts Management Internship

The Financial Arts Management Intern will work with the Finance Director and the Finance Associate on the daily bookkeeping, budgeting, and administrative needs of the organization.

Responsibilities may include: Assist with financial management operations; learn accounting software; assist with accounts payable, account reconciliation, credit card purchases, and petty cash processing; help update budgeting & forecasting spreadsheets; assist with HR paperwork; and scanning and filing vendor documents.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized, a problem solver, and able to handle multiple projects at once. Must have an affinity for numbers and be comfortable/experienced with excel. Prefer candidates with academic backgrounds in Arts Administration, Business/Management, or Accounting.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: May–September

Hours: 18-20 hours per week

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Fringe Festival Internship

The Fringe Festival Intern will assist the Fringe Festival Coordinator in meeting the individual and logistical needs of independent artists involved in the Fringe Festival. 

Responsibilities may include: collecting and organizing show information; assisting with Fringe Festival Independent Artists Scratch Night programming and logistics; assisting with outreach and Fringe Festival independent artist recruitment; distributing Fringe Festival materials; tracking and reporting expenses to the admin department; and assisting Festival Coordinator with additional tasks as needed. The Fringe Festival Intern will also assist in day-to-day operations including communication with artists and other administrative tasks. The Fringe Festival Intern often interfaces with artists and as such a knowledge of and curiosity about contemporary performance across the genres of dance, theater, music, comedy, cabaret, and circus is essential. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and organized, possess great communication and people skills, and will possess knowledge of the contemporary performing arts scene. The candidate will be experienced in events coordination; a self-starter with initiative who can work on projects independently; detail-oriented and organized; able to work in a high-stress environment; flexible and adaptable to change. Punctuality is essential as well as a warm, friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic personality. If selected for an interview, candidate is expected to speak with fluency about their interest and previous experience in contemporary performance.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: June – End of September

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Graphic Design Internship

The Graphic Design Intern will provide promotional support to the Marketing & Communications department by developing and maintaining the visual identity of FringeArts. Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will be provided a great deal of creative freedom in developing promotional materials for both print and digital marketing.

Responsibilities: help maintain and keep consistent the visual identity of FringeArts in both print and web materials, communicate with local printers and compare quotes, collaborate with the Development Department on campaign materials, design Festival-specific badges and signage.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have training/experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and seek a practical application of the creative process of design to communicate organizational messages to audiences. Prefer candidates with academic background or experience in marketing.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  May–September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and design portfolio to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Marketing Internship

The Marketing Intern will provide promotional support for the Marketing & Communications department by engaging new and existing audiences.  Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop and implement strategies to sell tickets, provide resources for patrons, and increase accessibility to all members of the public.

Responsibilities will likely include but may not be limited to: development and management of promotional campaigns, audience research, management of mailings, collateral distribution, special event promotion and assistance, data entry, email building, website updates, marketing collateral editing, community engagement events, and more.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have strong phone and writing skills and be an enthusiastic self-starter. Preferred candidates will have academic background or experience in marketing or performing arts, and some experience or training in promotions and sales.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: May–September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com.  Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Patron Services & Venue Administration Internship

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn the critical Front of House operations, audience service process, rentals, and facility maintenance.

Responsibilities may include: Data entry, scheduling assistance, helping with building maintenance and general upkeep issues, coordinate and follow up with facility needs. Fielding ticket and membership inquiry calls; assisting with front of house operations at venues; coordinating volunteers for events; other administrative support as needed.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented, with great customer service and phone skills. Candidate must be enthusiastic, quick moving, quick thinking, and ready to jump in on the often physically demanding needs of the job. Being on your feet, interacting with audience members, and assisting at various venues to produce shows and events are all part of the job. Previous Box Office experience a plus. 

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: May–September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Podcast Production Internship

The Podcast Production Intern will work with the Marketing and Communications Department to manage the research, production, post-production, and branding of the FringeArts podcast, Happy Hour on the Fringe, and other audiovisual needs.

Responsibilities may include: Communicating with podcast guests about recording times and publish dates, researching podcast guests and presenting information to the hosts for each episode, preparing the recording space and operating recording equipment, editing recordings for publishing, preparing transcriptions of episodes, maintaining the publishing schedule, assisting with other audiovisual projects as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written skills, is detail oriented and organized, is able to manage multiple deadlines and work independently, and is adaptable to change. Experience with Adobe Premiere, Bandcamp, Audacity, Anchor, and/or other audio editing software is preferred.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  May–September

Hours: 15-20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com.  Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Production Internship

The Production Intern will be instrumental in all load-ins, load-outs, and running of shows in the 4 performances spaces throughout the building.  They will work closely with FringeArts’ Production staff.  Specialization within a department is possible dependent on our production  schedule.  

Responsibilities may include: set construction/installation, unloading trucks, hanging/focusing lights, and assisting audio set up. The Production Intern may also aid the production department with administrative tasks as required, such as advancing technical riders, creating and implementing show schedules, and organizing rentals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a strong problem solver, with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn new skills and abilities. The candidate should be experienced with general stagecraft, such as lighting/electrics, audio, set construction, and/or video. The candidate should also have general knowledge of Mac operating systems, and be comfortable with Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Lightwright, and Qlab3 are a plus. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are a plus. The Production Intern will have the following physical demands: lifting 50 lbs, climbing ladders, comfort with heights.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  May–September

Hours: 12-20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours and evening hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com.  Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Production applicants should detail their technical experience in their cover letter. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Production Office Internship

The Production Office Intern will work closely with the Director of Production and the Associate Production Manager to help manage the production schedule and the use of the three performances spaces at FringeArts.  The Production Office Intern will help book and schedule over-hire, advance shows, and help out in the theater for load-ins/outs as needed.

Responsibilities may include: Help manage the use of the venue’s multiple spaces, and help manage multiple calendars and shows.  Tasks may include contacting artists for technical information, advancing technical riders, creating and implementing show schedules, and handling equipment rentals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is highly organized, good at multitasking, and a strong problem solver, with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn new skills and abilities. The candidate should be experienced with general stagecraft. The candidate should also have a general knowledge of Mac operating systems, and be comfortable with Excel and PowerPoint and Google Drive. Good sense of humor a plus.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  May–September

Hours: 12-20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours and evening hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Internship@FringeArts.com. Include internship title in the email subject line and in cover letter. Please note that we’re a dog friendly office.

Equal Opportunity Policy

FringeArts has been, and remains committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. FringeArts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, military status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment practices; selection of board members, interns, volunteers and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In keeping with this policy, FringeArts seeks to recruit, hire, train and promote into available jobs the most qualified persons and to administer personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, training, and terminations in accordance with this policy. All employees, board members, interns and volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in the workplace in a manner consistent with this policy.