2023 Summer Intern

Title: OrchKids Summer Intern 2023
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Director of Education, Education Coordinator, and Program Managers
Dates: July 10th – July 28th, 2023
Location: Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, MD 21204
Hours:  Approximately 25 hours per week during program time (Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3:30 pm).  Hours can be flexible depending on availability.  Some weekend and evening hours are required.
Compensation:  Both paid and unpaid internships are available.  

  • Paid interns receive $150/week and must be available to work 25 hours per week. These positions are typically offered to college students who are interested in pursuing a career in music, education, and arts administration.  
  • Unpaid internships are often pursued by high school and college students looking to fulfill service learning requirements (or those who are just interested in supporting a musically-driven environment).

Organizational Summary:
OrchKids uses music as a vehicle for students to develop musical and social skills that are transferable to all areas of their lives including creativity, self-expression, and teamwork. Marin Alsop, Music Director Laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids  Founding Director, shaped OrchKids into the cornerstone of the BSO’s community engagement efforts across the city with her artistic leadership and direction. OrchKids was founded in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff. OrchKids now works with seven schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,800 children from Pre-K through 12th grade during school, after school, and in weeklong workshops. In collaboration with several community partners, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic assistance, meals, mental health resources, connection to social services, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities — all at no cost to students and their families. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema movement throughout the world.

Job Summary:
The BSO OrchKids program is seeking interns for its 2023 Summer Session. Interns will work with OrchKids staff to provide support in the operations of a large music education non-profit. In addition to assisting with teaching responsibilities, administrative duties, and special program projects, volunteers will have the opportunity to gain leadership experience, develop professional goals, and learn from experienced OrchKids teaching artists and staff in musical and creative activities. This summer’s session will conclude with a student Collective Composition week. The OrchKids staff who will be leading the Collective Composition sessions have done this work around the world and provide a unique resource for volunteers to learn how to incorporate composition/improvisation into all forms of music instruction. 

The focus of intern work is flexible and dependent on skills, instrument, and interest. A specific schedule and area of focus will be created by the Director of Education and Education Coordinator who will assist the interns throughout their time with the organization. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to: 

  • Day-to-day program operations:
    • Support in managing instrument inventory 
    • Help with student transitions and dismissal
    • Assist in classroom setup and teardown
    • Provide child management support
  • Concert logistics and event management
  • Artistic research projects
  • Videography, photography, and graphic design
    • Help to create and edit video and photography for PR purposes and special projects
    • Assist with the design and execution of publicity/marketing materials
  • Teaching:
    • Musical:
      • Assist lead instructors in group classes and ensemble rehearsals
      • Perform one-on-one pull-outs for individual student players
    • Artistic:  Assist with the creation and management of art projects for enrichment classes

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission (visit our website to learn more: www.orchkids.org
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively and in a responsive manner 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Background in music, education and/or youth development is a plus
  • Personal transportation to and from Goucher College
  • Comfortability with working on a computer that can access Google Drive files and email regularly

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, or national origin is prohibited.

OrchKids Principles of Inclusion:
OrchKids believes in the principles of diversity and inclusion for students and all parties involved in the program regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. We are proud to serve students of all backgrounds and abilities and our expectation is that all students will be treated equally, nurtured to ensure their success and we will meet them where they are. As a team, we expect and are prepared to make reasonable accommodations to address and support differences in learning styles, behaviors and cultural differences. Our expectation is also that we treat all parties involved in OrchKids (teaching artists, staff, school staff, families, community members, etc.) with respect and in accordance of our principles of inclusion.

So what that means for our community is that we recognize that we have a diverse community made up of individuals with a myriad of backgrounds and we treat everyone with respect. We respect each other’s cultural, religious, and racial, gender identity, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

As it relates to gender inclusivity, I want to share some strategies for all of us to follow to ensure that we are living up to our principles of inclusion –

  • Use the correct name which is the name that someone chooses to refer to themselves
  • Use the correct pronoun with our team members
  • Use inclusive language like everyone and people instead of ladies and gentlemen

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org with OrchKids Summer Intern in the subject.  In your cover letter, please highlight in which areas of responsibility you are most qualified and interested in working.  No phone calls please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply for this job email your details to orchkids@bsomusic.org