SFJAZZ Internship Program
The San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ) summer intern program offers a direct experience working in the West Coast’s preeminent stand-alone Jazz Center in the US. If you are a student interested in learning more about how a cultural non-profit organization works, considering academic credit, or a job in the future at SFJAZZ then this is for you. SFJAZZ’s internship program seeks talented students of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities. Students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the arts are encouraged to apply.
The objective of the SFJAZZ Student Internship Program is to provide students with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education in the arts. The SFJAZZ Student Internship Program is offered to full-time and part- students. Interested students may apply for an internship to be developed by each department to meet the intern’s educational goals. Through behind the scenes, hands-on experience, SFJAZZ’s student internships enrich the academic and professional lives of its interns.
As an intern in SFJAZZ's Education department, I've gotten to read hundreds of student responses to our school programming, and have seen first-hand the importance of jazz education in our Bay Area schools.
Intern candidates apply to selected departments across the Organization where they assist professional staff, interact with the public, conduct research, complete projects, and learn about Jazz. Interns gain valuable training, skills, and work experience as well as an opportunity to build a network of professional contacts.
Our summer internship is a part-time, nine-week session for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. It includes training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects interns with former intern on staff.
Interning for SFJAZZ was a wonderfully fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the jazz world.
The 2020 summer internship runs from Friday, June 19th through Friday, August 14th. Interns are with us for 9 weeks. Interns attend a welcome breakfast with senior leadership, weekly social outings and lunch and learns with several departments. Interns check in weekly with their supervisors and also mid internship review with HR. The end of the internship is a final presentation and celebration. Part of the value of the intern program is group activities and getting to know not only the Organization but each other.
- $16 hourly wage
- Weekly speaker series featuring professionals in several departments
- Field trips to other cultural institutions
- Regular employee discounts at the restaurant and box office
- Interns are assigned to a specific department for the duration
- Interns are given an optional choice to volunteer at events
- Interns will be partnered with a mentor
- Interns will be invited to professional career workshops
- Priority consideration is given to rising juniors and seniors at accredited undergraduate programs.
- Certain positions may require graduate-level training and/or professional experience, noted in the department descriptions.
How to Apply
Please note we are not currently accepting applications.
Summer Application Materials
- Statement of purpose: No more than one page, describing why you are interested in nonprofit work, your reasons for applying to SFJAZZ, and your goals for the internship.
- Availability for an in-person interview in March. Skype and phone interviews will be considered for students who are abroad or far from California.
Department Internship Descriptions
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the eligibility requirements for internships?
Interns must be current students and at least 18 years of age with legal eligibility to work in the US. Applicants must complete the application process in order to be considered. Applicants must apply by the March 31st deadline.
Does SFJAZZ accept international students?
Yes - with valid work visa.
Are internships at SFJAZZ paid?
How will I know my application has been received?
After you apply to an internship, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know if I’ve been selected for an interview?
You will receive an e-mail from the internship hiring manager or human resources requesting an interview.
Will I be notified if I don’t get selected?
Yes, all applicants who are not selected will be notified by May 1st.
Can I reapply if my first application is unsuccessful?
No. SFJAZZ accepts one application per summer. You can apply next year.
How would my internship prepare me for a possible position at SFJAZZ?
Employment is not guaranteed post internship.
Will I be able to interact with colleagues outside my department?
Yes. Interns will enjoy weekly activities to get to know all departments.
Will I get course credit for my internship?
Maybe. This depends on your school’s requirements.
Is housing available for interns?
Are interns required to attend an orientation?
Are summer interns required to work on Fridays?