The Apprenticeship Program is a short-term internship 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 salary are provided.


Artist Services

Assist with arrangements for artist housing, travel, hospitality, and community engagement activities. Responsibilities include preparing artist welcome packets, administration of backstage hospitality, local transportation of artists, escorting artists to various engagement events as well as basic 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. Professional demeanor is a must. All artist services apprentices must be able to drive, and a valid driver’s license is required. Positions are available mid-May through the end of the Festival; candidates must commit for the entire time period.

Box Office

As representatives of the Festival, you will interact directly with the public, artist services, development, production, and media staff. Apprentices will 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 the Tessitura ticketing system. This position requires articulate, detail-oriented individuals with 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.


Development apprentices assist with logistics for over 30 special events ranging from a large opening night fête to donor tea parties. This position involves extensive phone work, managing RSVPs, and assisting with many last-minute details. Excellent communication, organization, and basic computer skills are required, and candidates should feel comfortable with Excel, Paperless Post, and learning basic functions of the Tessitura constituent database. Working hours are frequently outside of normal business hours including evenings and weekends. Tasks may require light physical labor and extended periods of time outdoors. Access to a car for commuting to and from various venues is preferable and mileage is reimbursed. Hospitality/service industry experience and customer service interaction is a plus but candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Assist with all areas of accounting such as 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 at least two semesters of Accounting are preferred. Candidates should be detail-oriented and capable of working with sensitive information.


Assist the marketing team in producing digital content and engaging with online audiences through social media platforms and blog. Apprentices will also staff the Festival press office, manage photo opportunities, and distribute promotional material. Coursework or experience with social media, journalism, Adobe Creative Suite, videography and/or photography is helpful. May provide a writing sample OR self-produced creative work (link to video, graphic design project, Instagram account, etc) with application (optional).

Orchestra Library Apprentice

Assist the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Librarian in all duties including, but not limited to, preparing, marking, distributingand maintaining all materials needed for the Spoleto Festival USA orchestra. This includes opera, ballet, orchestral, and chamber music productions. The library team (Librarian and Apprentice) will staff rehearsals and performances as needed, maintain office hours in cooperation with the Orchestra Management team, and be available to administrators and musicians as needed. At the conclusion of the Festival, the library team is responsible for returning all rental materials and for packing and storing purchases, library equipment, and unused supplies. Please note: Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and asked to complete a test and to supply work samples.

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 is required, as well as a willingness to work with the artistic requirements of musicians and performing artists.

Choir Operations Apprentice

Assist the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus Manager in all duties including, but not limited to, preparing and distributing parts, taking attendance at rehearsals, tracking timings/breaks of choristers’ services, maintaining and communicating rehearsal and performance schedules, assisting conductors, and other related duties. The Apprentice may also be asked to assist in setup of rehearsals and other production tasks as needed. The Spoleto Festival USA Chorus is engaged in opera, choral, and chamber music productions. Candidate must be able to work under tight deadlines and prioritize. Familiarity with chorus operations and equipment is required, as well as a willingness to work with the artistic requirements of musicians and performing artists.

Orchestra Operations (Production Apprenticeship)

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 is 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.

Production (Production Apprenticeship)

Work with professional theater staff in one of the following areas: stage carpentry, stage electrics, wardrobe, wigs/make-up, properties, sound, video, 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. Requires working very long hours including most nights and weekends. Related experience in technical theater is necessary.

Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the 2022 Festival are now closed. Information about the 2023 Apprentice Program will be available in September of 2022.