The Apprenticeship Program is a unique, short-term employment opportunity to develop skills under the guidance of professional arts administrators and technicians while assisting in producing an international arts festival. Apprentices work a minimum of 40 hours per week in a specific department; long workdays and nights as well as weekends are typical. Many colleges and universities recognize the Apprenticeship Program as a paid internship for required credits. Past employees in this program have gone on to work for major arts organizations and production companies around the world.

Apprentices receive:

  • A weekly salary of $600
  • A travel assistance stipend of $250-350 (depending on departure location) if residing outside the greater Charleston area
  • Housing at the College of Charleston if needed
  • A Festival access badge for attending eligible events and performances at the Festival

Before applying, please review the position descriptions below. You will be asked to apply to one position as your primary area and you may be considered by other departments depending on availability.

Artist Services

Assist with arrangements and execution 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, and 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. Some apprentices in these positions must be at least 21 years old. 5-6 positions are available.

Box Office

As representatives of the Festival, Box Office Apprentices will gain a hands-on understanding of the Spoleto ticket buyer’s experience from purchase to performance. Apprentices will learn the Tessitura ticketing system and handle ticket sales in-person at kiosks and performance sites, while serving as expert references for ticket buyers on program and venue information. Box Office Apprentices collaborate closely with our House Management staff and volunteer usher corps to gain a wide range of customer-facing and supervisory skills across our 8+ venues and sales locations. This position requires articulate, detail-oriented individuals with strong interpersonal skills, database experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience in customer service, hospitality, and performance venues is a plus. 20-22 positions available.

Special Events

The Special Events Apprentice position lies within the Development Department. This position assists 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, event setup and breakdown, 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. 1-2 positions are available. If residing locally, there is a possibility of additional work weeks beginning May 1.

Finance/Accounting

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. 1-2 positions are available.

Marketing

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/TikTok account, etc) with application (optional). 1-2 positions are available.

Chorus/Orchestra Library

Assist the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Librarian in all duties including, but not limited to, preparing, marking, distributing, and 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. 1 position is available.

Orchestra Personnel

Assist the Orchestra Personnel Manager and Festival 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. 1 position is available.

Chorus Personnel

Assist the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus Personnel Manager and Festival Librarian 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. 1 position is available.

Music Operations

Assist with all phases of music operations, including set-up and equipment management for concerts, rehearsals and special events. Responsible for frequently moving, tracking, and caring for instruments, chairs, stands, choir risers, and all related equipment for the Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber series. 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 especially percussion, and a sensitivity to the artistic requirements of musicians and performing artists. 2-3 positions are available.

Production

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. Many positions are available depending on background and experience of the applicant pool.

Dates and Deadlines

Application deadline: January 1, 2023

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Some departments may choose to accept applications after the deadline depending on availability. Check back here after January 1, 2023 for late application possibility details.

For questions, please contact Philip Snyder, Producing Associate, at [email protected]