Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Wolf Trap: Where the Interns Come Out to Play
Ranked “One of America’s Top 100 Internships” by The Princeton Review, Wolf Trap’s Internship Program offers undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to get hands on experience in the world of arts administration. Including a diversity program for African-American and Latino students, Wolf Trap seeks to train the next generation of arts leaders.
Working at Wolf Trap is more than a job, it’s a life changing experience! Over the course of 12 weeks, interns have multiple opportunities to meet and network with staff members from all six departments (Program & Production, Communications & Marketing, External Affairs, Planning & Partnerships, Development, and Education). Facilitating this type of meet and greet between 30 interns and 80 plus staff members must be impossible, right? Actually, when a program has been around as long as Wolf Trap’s, all it takes is a series of weekly lunches.
Every Wednesday at noon, all interns gather in the Center for Education for an up-close and personal Q&A session with senior staff members from the various departments. There is even a lunch scheduled with Wolf Trap’s President and CEO, Terre Jones! During this time, interns learn how each staff member got their start in the world of arts administration and what ultimately led them to work at Wolf Trap. Afterwards, the floor is open to all types of questions, from career advice to job descriptions and the Wolf Trap experience.
But the dialog doesn’t stop there—Wolf Trap also has an open door policy for interns. You can request a meeting with anyone to have a one-on-one conversation!
This isn’t your standard 9-5— you won’t just sit at your computer all day and then head home. The staff here want to see their interns succeed, whether at Wolf Trap or at another organization. Career development is key, and you can expect nothing but the best training from Wolf Trap!