2014 interns Angela Parisi & Halynn Blanchard with Program Manager Caitlin Peterkin and 2015 intern Soohye Jang.
Photo by Sarah Russell.

Year-Round Internships

Operating year-round out of our office in Fremont, Seattle, Earshot Jazz is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring the legacy and progression of the jazz art form. Earshot produces more than 100 concerts throughout the year, publishes the monthly Earshot Jazz magazine, provides grant assistance to resident artists, presents jazz education programs, and more.

We provide flexible internships to students at the high school or college levels who are interested in arts management, the music industry, event production, arts communication, or more. To learn more about interning with Earshot Jazz, e-mail lydia@earshot.org.

Earshot Jazz Festival Internships

About the Festival

The Earshot Jazz Festival – “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat) – takes place every fall, and includes more than 50 distinctive concerts and events in venues all over the city.
Now in its 29th year, the festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and artists. Earshot celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz with mainstage concerts by our award-winning student ensembles and a strong representation by our renowned resident artists. The festival also places an emphasis on education, featuring masterclasses, workshops, and panels throughout its run.

Internship Summary

The Earshot Jazz Festival Internship program is designed to provide interns insight into the inner-workings of a world-class music festival through hands-on experience. Internships run from September through November and are part-time, with some evening and weekend work.
Intern duties will be assigned based on skill set and interest, and can range from Communications/Social Media, Multimedia, Administration, Production, and more. Internships are unpaid, but can be for course credit where necessary.

Intern Requirements

-Applicants must be sophomore standing or higher. Students pursuing degree in communications, arts management, arts administration, publication arts, and music/jazz studies are encouraged to apply.
-Candidates must have excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills, and professional phone and e-mail manners.
-Interns must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and social media a plus.
-Passion for music is a must!

Available Position(s)

Job Title: Earshot Jazz Festival Marketing/Social Media Intern (Part-time, unpaid)

Job Description

Objective: Effectively and strategically maintain an increased public awareness of Earshot Jazz and all events through traditional, digital, and social media communication to ultimately cultivate and strengthen the Earshot brand presence, and media, organizational, and company partnerships

Position summary/Key responsibilities: The Social Media Intern will assist the Program Manager by assisting in conceptualizing and delivering both multimedia and written assets for Earshot to use on social media platforms with thousands of followers including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in efforts to promote Earshot programs, and cultivate a robust online presence through creative campaigning.

Duties will include:

  • Manage content, develop media plans and update social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with a focus on increasing awareness and engagement
  • Keyword, and cost/benefit analysis for major social media platforms
  • Assist in the development and distribution of advertising materials
  • Work closely with photographers and multimedia personnel to utilize their material for social media platforms and website
  • Assist with general intern duties, i.e. assisting in the general setup leading up to and during the festival
  • Assist in promoting events and engaging audiences at concerts and events
  • Conduct research to find engaging content and ideas for social media posts i.e. compiling biographies and discographies for local, national, and international artists to post blurbs about them (their birthdays, accomplishments, etc)
  • Design related graphical assets (ad template, logos, etc.) for company website and reports.
  • Contribute in meetings with whole staff to schedule and set productive goals
  • Actively attend Earshot and any jazz-related event in the city (preferable run by orgs we’ve partnered with) to live-tweet/live-Facebook/live-Instagram story and post pictures on social media
  • Create marketing strategies for upcoming projects within the company
  • Research other social media platforms, popular profiles, and marketing strategies to better present the company and its mission to the public
  • Provide regular report showcasing overall growth of channels

Although this position is unpaid, it includes the following benefits:

  • Tickets for the Earshot Jazz festival and Earshot-presented programs throughout the year
  • Hours for school credit and/or volunteer hours
  • Referrals and recommendations from staff for job or school applications
  • Rich experience in music & arts
  • This position can be accomplished in conjunction with another full time/part time job or classes during the week

Position requirements:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including social media websites and a passion for the arts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Must have a smart phone
  • Administrative experience
  • At least two years of college coursework completion. Arts or business related degree trajectory a plus
  • Any experience with Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, WordPress, and/or PatronManager a plus
  • Knowledge of and significant experience with social media
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, flexible, and able to work independently

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is an unpaid, three to six month internship. Schedule can be flexible, and is typically Monday through Friday, for 1-2 hours each day (morning or evening), with occasional to frequent evening and weekend work during concerts and the annual fall festival.

How to apply

Interested candidates should e-mail their resume and brief letter of interest to Lydia@earshot.org by 5pm on September 25.

 

Job Title: Earshot Jazz Festival Production Intern (Part-time, unpaid)

Job Description

Objective: Help achieve the best sound and concert experience possible by effectively and strategically performing production tasks that will ensure quality stage setups and safe transport of artists and equipment during the Earshot Jazz Annual Festival, running from October 11-November 12, 2017.

Position summary/Key responsibilities: The Production Intern will work closely with the Production Manager assisting in stage production, artist/gear transport, and acting as an artist liaison in efforts to prepare all production-related aspects of Earshot concerts, while cultivating professional, positive relationships with the musicians and sound technicians we are working closely with.

Duties will include:

  • Help with gear organization and transport to venues
  • Assist in stage production, i.e setting up and breaking down gear on our concert stage setups
  • Facilitate artist transport to-and-from the airport, Amtrak, etc
  • Transport equipment to-and-from our office; transport artists to their hotels after concert conclusion
  • Pick up gear rentals if needed
  • Act as artist liaison between musicians and venue staff while on-site
  • Perform tasks of hospitality, i.e. pick up artist meals with allotted Earshot meal buy-out
  • Assist with general intern duties, i.e. assisting in the general setup leading up to and during the festival

Although this position is unpaid, it includes the following benefits:

    • Tickets for the festival and Earshot presented programs throughout the year
    • Hours for school credit and/or volunteer hours
    • Referrals and recommendations from staff for job or school applications
    • Hands on experience in the music industry and technical training with world class musical equipment
    • This position can be accomplished in conjunction with another full time/part time job or classes during the week

Position requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License; own vehicle or transport a plus
    • Reimbursement provided for any expenses during requested services (gas, meter charges, etc)
  • Must have a reliable phone and GPS system (i.e. Google maps) or impeccable sense of direction
  • At least two years of college coursework completion. Music Tech or arts related degree trajectory a plus
  • Experience with Excel and Google Drive a plus
  • The ideal candidate will have good communication skills, be easy-going and able to work independently

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is an unpaid, three month internship. Schedule will consist of morning/afternoon work facilitating artist transport to and from the airport, Amtrak, etc OR evening and weekend work helping with concert stage setup and tear-down for the annual fall festival and transporting artists or gear post-concert.

Work Environment
This position operates primarily out of the Earshot Jazz office located in Fremont and remotely. The Intern will work closely alongside the Production Manager. A small non-profit, Earshot Jazz is run by three full-time staff; therefore, employees must be flexible, with a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and passion for the work we do.

During concerts and the festival, our work is performed in a variety of environments throughout the Seattle area. Travel by car is often necessary to these locations, as well as work outside normal business hours.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email their resume and brief description of interest and availability to halynnblanch@gmail.com by 5pm on September 25.