Employment/Internships

FringeArts Employment

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 work place in a manner consistent with this policy.


Employment 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.

Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for overseeing the work of the Development Department and its staff.  The work of the Department encompasses all contributed revenue functions of the organization including government, institutional, individual and corporate.  The DD works closely with all director-level and executive staff as well as the Board of Directors and is responsible for designing, evaluating and implementing our fundraising and cultivation strategies. The DD plays a critical role in developing and implementing our major gifts program.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Manage staff and oversee the work of the Development Department
  • Continue refining and implementing the strategic plan for FringeArts as pertains to Development
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan with specific goals and objectives that delineate measurable, successful outcomes for all fund-raising strategies including grant making, annual campaign and special events, with particular emphasis on individual major gifts
  • Play a leadership role in identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective donors – both alone and in teams of staff and volunteers
  • Build and maintain relationships with Board of Directors and individual major donors
  • Work with the Producing Director and the Board or Directors, to identify cultivation activities with established goals and priorities
  • Guide the Board of Directors in their personal involvement in achieving development goals and objectives
  • Plan and execute the organization’s cultivation activities and events (except annual Board-managed FEASTIVAL)
  • Oversee grant opportunity research and grant writing
  • Oversee the maintenance of the development database, ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the information

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in all aspects of donor development, with specific skills in the area of individual giving and major individual gifts
  • Demonstrated and proven track record of major gift fundraising, including successful solicitation
  • Successful experience managing a development team or department
  • Successful experience working in partnership with chief executives
  • Deep commitment to, and passion for our mission and for FringeArts’s work
  • Proven success in designing annual campaigns.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Superior organizational skills, with an ability to pay attention to details, establish priorities, set objectives, and achieve stated goals
  • Strategic, creative, and progressive thinker

Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. Annual salary range is commensurate with experience. Includes generous health and leave benefits.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.

EOE: 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 this and all open positions.


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 16-day 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). FringeArts is an equal opportunity organization. The FringeArts offices are wheelchair accessible. 

Financial Arts ManagementProgrammingPatron Services & Venue ManagementProductionProduction AdministrationFundraising & Grant DevelopmentGraphic DesignMarketingCommunicationsDigital Programming & Analysis

Financial Arts Management Internship

The Financial Arts Management Intern will work with the Director of Finance & Administration and the Finance Associate & Office Manager on the daily bookkeeping, budgeting, human resources, and administrative needs of the organization.

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

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized, 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:  September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com.  Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter.

 

Patron Services & Venue Management 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: Fielding ticket and membership inquiry calls; assisting with front of house operations at venues; coordinating volunteers for events; helping with building maintenance and general upkeep issues; other administrative support as needed.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented, with great customer services 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: September – December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Production Administration Intern

The Production Administration Intern will work closely with the Director of Production and the Associate Production Manager to help manage administrative and scheduling needs, as well as advance shows, and assist with load-ins/outs in the theater as needed.

Responsibilities may include: Helping manage the use of the venue’s multiple spaces; managing multiple calendars and shows; helping book and schedule over-hire; contacting artists for technical information; advancing technical riders; creating and implementing show schedules; handling equipment rentals; set installation and/or construction; hanging, focusing, and running lights; setting up and running sound; unloading rental equipment and scenic elements from trucks.

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 general knowledge of Mac operating systems and be comfortable with Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive. Experience with lighting/electrics, audio, set construction, and/or video, and knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Lightwright, and Qlab3 are a plus. The Production Internship may have the following physical demands: lifting 50 lbs, climbing ladders, a comfort with heights.

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

Dates: September-December

Hours: 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 email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Fundraising & Grant Development Internship

The Fundraising & Grant 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 donor and grant prospect research; gathering information and generating materials for grant proposals; communicating with stakeholders and supporters through a variety of mediums; 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, or Arts Administration and have a demonstrable interest in the performing arts.

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

Dates: September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. An optional writing sample will also be accepted. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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 create promotional materials for both print and digital marketing.

Responsibilities: Helping maintain and keep consistent the visual identity of FringeArts in both print and web materials; communicating with local printers and compare quotes; collaborating with the Development Department on campaign materials; designing Festival-specific badges and signage.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have training/experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and will be seeking a practical application of the creative process of design to communicate organizational messages to audiences. Preferred candidates will have academic backgrounds or experience in Marketing.

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

Dates: September – December

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

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and portfolio/work samples to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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 installation/construction, hanging/focusing/running lights, setup/running sound, and unloading rental equipment and scenic elements from trucks. 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 handling equipment rentals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a strong problem solver, with  a willingness to learn new skills and abilities and an excellent communicator. 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: January – May

Hours: 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 email subject line and in cover letter. Production applicants should detail their technical experience in their cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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, marketing collateral editing, public relations support, community engagement events, social media 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: January – May

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 email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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, develop content management systems, write copy for various communications avenues, research new shows, create tear sheets, maintain a digital press archive. 

Qualifications: ideal candidates 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: January – May

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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.

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. Background knowledge of performing arts is a plus, as well as interest in/familiarity with the artists we present.

Position: 3 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: January – May

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.