The Apprentice Program is a short-term intensive and exciting opportunity to learn about the world of the performing arts and acquire hands-on experience under the guidance of professional arts administrators and technicians in producing an international arts festival. Apprentices work a minimum of 40 hours a week; long workdays and nights as well as weekends are typical. Housing, a small travel allowance, and a living stipend are provided.

Artist Services

Assist with arrangements for artist housing, travel, and hospitality. Responsibilities include preparing artist welcome packets, administration of backstage hospitality, local transportation of artists, and administrative tasks such as data entry and correspondence. Candidates should have excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to work well with a variety of people and work long hours. A professional demeanor is a must. Five positions are available for the festival period mid-May through the end of the Festival.

Box Office

As representatives of the Festival, you will interact directly with the public, artist services, development, production, and media staff. Handle ticket sales in the box office, over the phone, and at performance sites; maintain effective communication with on-site house management; be an expert reference for ticket buyers on program and venue information, reconcile daily ticket sales, and learn Tessitura Ticketing. Position requires articulate, detail-oriented individuals with initiative, customer service skills, database experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience in phone sales, retail, or hotel environment is a plus.


Assist with logistics of over 30 special events ranging from a black-tie gala to outdoor tea parties.  Involves extensive phone work, managing invitation mailings, RSVPs, and assisting with many last-minute details. Position requires excellent communication, organization, and basic computer skills, to include: Excel, learning the functions of Tessitura database, as well as InDesign. Working hours are often outside of normal business hours including evenings and weekends and tasks may frequently require light physical labor. Access to a car for commuting to and from various venues is preferable and mileage is reimbursed. Possessing hospitality and/or service industry experience and a desire to become more familiarized with event logistics is a plus but candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Assist with all areas of accounting including payroll (including tax and compliance), cash receipts (including contributions and ticket sales), accounts payable, purchase orders, petty cash, bank reconciliations, and other accounting and administrative functions of a full-charge accounting office. Duties include data entry into accounting systems, handling petty cash, verifying employment documentation, issuing and reconciling purchase orders, filing, and financial data-compilation projects as needed. A deep working knowledge of Excel, prior experience with accounting databases, and two semesters of Accounting are preferred. Candidates should be detail-oriented and capable of working with sensitive information.

Orchestra Personnel Management

Assist orchestra personnel managers and librarian with administration of orchestra, including taking attendance; tracking timings/breaks of all orchestra musicians' services; preparing and distributing orchestral parts; helping to maintain and communicate rehearsal and performance schedule; assisting conductors, production staff and musicians, as needed; and other related duties. Candidate must be able to work under tight deadlines and prioritize. Familiarity with musical instruments and equipment required, as well as a willingness to work with the artistic requirements of musicians and performing artists.

Orchestra Operations

Assist with all phases of orchestra operations, including set-up and stage management for concerts, rehearsals and special events. Responsible for frequently moving, tracking, and caring for instruments, chairs, stands, and all related orchestra equipment. Some heavy lifting required and ability to drive a cargo van is a plus. Candidates must have a willingness to work hard, a flexible/positive attitude, familiarity with musical instruments/equipment, and a sensitivity to the artistic requirements of musicians and performing artists. This crew works under the umbrella of the Production Department and reports to the Director of Production.


Work with professional theater staff in one of the following areas: stage carpentry, stage electrics, wardrobe, wigs/make-up, properties, sound, orchestra operations, stage management, or production administration. Candidates must have a willingness to work hard, a flexible/positive attitude, and a desire to pursue a career in technical theater. Related experience in technical theater required.



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Employment Dates:

  • Most apprenticeships begin Monday, May 15 and end Sunday, June 11.
  • Most production positions begin Monday, April 24 and end Thursday, June 15.
  • Artist Services apprenticeships begin Monday, May 15 and end Wednesday, June 14.
  • Apprentices requiring housing should expect to move in the day before their employment begins and move out the day after their employment ends. Specific dates will be discussed with your Department Head.


  • Housing at the College of Charleston and $50 travel reimbursement if traveling from outside of the Charleston area.
  • Small weekly salary for all apprentice positions.


  • Completed applications and all materials, including resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation must be received by Monday, January 30, 2017.
  • You will be notified of your application status on or before March 15, 2017.
  • No phone calls, please.