The Cleveland Orchestra is seeking a college student to join the Communications / Public Relations (PR) and Marketing teams this summer as the Public Relations / Marketing Intern. This compelling storyteller with a passion for music will help to create vibrant narratives about the power of music and inspiring artistry of The Cleveland Orchestra, with a central focus on the Orchestra’s mission to present extraordinary musical experiences for the people of Northeast Ohio and the world. 

This individual will support the Communications / PR staff by assisting with PR activities, including traditional external media (radio, television, and print), internally-generated digital media (social media), and photography and videography. They will also support the marketing team with advertiser relations and outreach. Tasks may include administrative / clerical support; cataloging and circulating media mentions and news clips; writing and generating content for social media and marketing materials; on-site coordination with marketing contacts; and data entry.
This flexible summer position will work primarily on communications, marketing, and social media for the Blossom Music Festival and Summers@Severance seasons, and the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular.

The ideal candidate will be available for full-time work from June 29 – September 6, but the date range and hours per week are flexible. Though this position is a temporary, unpaid role, opportunities for college credit can be arranged.

Qualifications for the successful candidate include:

  • Progress toward a college degree in communications, public relations, English, writing, journalism, marketing, arts administration, music, or related field.
  • Exceptional writing and storytelling skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and proactively offer solutions.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to achieve deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people, calmly, efficiently and independently in a fast-paced, dynamic and collaborative environment while managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive situations with diplomacy and tact.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs, especially the Microsoft Office Suite, and social media platforms (especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube); experience with Adobe Create Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) and Canva would be an asset.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
  • Ability to travel locally and to Blossom Music Center on some weekends is required.
  • Similar previous work experience or internships in the performing arts, non-profit organizations, or in a communications, public relations, or marketing role is preferred.
  • Photography, videography, and digital photo/video software skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of classical music preferred.
Interested applicants should submit the following documents in PDF:
Cover letter 
Writing Samples per the following:
  • Send one writing sample from existing work completed at school, for an organization, or at a previous internship / role.
    • Preferred samples of existing work include: press release, media alert, journalistic article, short essay/blog post on an artistic or job-related topic, or a critique of an artistic work.

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