Newport Festivals Internship Program

Add America’s most iconic events to your resume

Now accepting applications for the 2023 Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals!

Newport Festivals Foundation is pleased to offer exciting internship opportunities. Gain valuable experience and make lifetime connections, working directly for industry leaders. Positions are available in many departments such as production, operations, marketing, and development.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Must be 18 years or older to apply.

Newport Festivals Foundation welcomes and prioritizes the participation of Black, Indigenous, and other students of color as well as emerging English speakers, LGBQTIA+ youth, and students with disabilities.

 

Internship Positions:

Each internship position is unique – please read the descriptions below before applying via the form at the bottom of the page. 

Stage Hands Intern

Description: As the name implies, “Stage Hands” work on stage to ensure the music happens. The Stage Hands Intern will get an understanding of the technical aspect of setting up and supporting the artists. They will have hands-on experience with instruments, audio, and lighting equipment. They will learn how to set up and break down the equipment in addition to helping road crews unload and load the equipment. They must be able to take direction, work well with others, and able to lift 75 pounds. If you’re looking to learn about live music and be part of a hard-working, tight-knit team, this is the place to start.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work a few hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Applicants must be able to take direction, work well with others, and able to lift 75 pounds.

Schedule: Expected to work 2-4 hours a week leading up to the festivals. During the festivals, 6am call until the last truck is packed (anywhere from 9PM to 1am). 

Ticketing and Credentials Intern

Description: The ticketing/box office is a great jumping-off point for anyone looking to get into the events industry. Working in this department will also introduce you to many of the other festival departments. Must have excellent customer service, strong on-the-spot problem-solving skills, be comfortable with new technology, strong organizational skills and a “how can I help” attitude.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Excellent customer service, strong on the spot problem solving, comfortable with new technology, strong organizational skills and a “how can I help” attitude.

Schedule: Two days a week beginning the middle of June, full time during the festivals.

Newport Jazz Social Media Intern

Description: The Newport Jazz Social Media Intern will work alongside the Chief Creative Officer to increase brand awareness through Newport Jazz social media channels. The intern will be responsible for maintaining the social media calendar, creating social media posts, and assisting the on site social media team during the Jazz festival.

Requirements: Strong understanding of social platforms. Basic understanding of Facebook Business Manager and running digital campaigns. 

Schedule: Friday, July, 29 – Sunday, July 31st. Intern will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week during June and July.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Operations Intern

Description: The Operations Team handles the physical logistics of the festival. The Ops Intern will work directly with the Head of Operations to manage craft and food vendors, tent management, signage, merchandise, shipments, and more. If you’re looking to learn about how a festival works, this is the place to start.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Operations requires someone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty! Someone who is ok with being out in the elements solving problems and jumping into solve things if needed. Sometimes this means helping to move tables, chairs, fencing, etc. This person should be interested in the “behind the scenes” aspect of the festivals- not the artist or fan-facing sides. They should have a high capacity for stressful situations…someone who thrives in moments of pressure as the job truly is to “put out other people’s fires”. This person should also WANT to learn!

Schedule: Expected to work 2-5 hours a week leading up to the festivals (June & July). Must be able to work all 3 days of both festivals (FOLK: July 22-24 and Jazz July 29-31)

ARTIST RELATIONS INTERN

Description: The Artist Relations Intern will work with a team dedicated to ensuring artists have the best possible experience on-site at the festivals. You will work backstage and gain a general understanding of event management, production, transportation, hospitality, and more. Be prepared to work in a high-intensity environment. Great organizational and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills that allow for VIP service, and communication skills are a must! If you’re looking to learn about the music industry and touring, this is the place to start.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Must have a car and valid driver’s license.

Schedule:  Event days – 9am – 7pm (Friday 7/22 -Sunday 7/24) (Friday 7/29 – Sunday 7/31). Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position.

Production Intern

The Production Intern will work backstage for the Production Director to assist in the coordination of the performances. You will learn firsthand about backline, stage plots, load-ins, and everything else that goes into making a show happen. If you’re interested in concert management, this is the place to start.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Patience, ability to work with others, listening skills.

Schedule:  Monday – Thursday prior to the festivals (Non show days) approx 10am-4pm. On show days approx 6am -8pm

Foundation Intern

Description: The Foundation Intern will learn about the nonprofit side of our organization. Reporting directly to the Directors of Development and Programs, the Foundation Intern will learn about fundraising, music education, and nonprofit management. Must have strong communication skills. If you’re interested in learning about how nonprofits work, or fundraising, this is the place to start.

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Strong communication skills. Basic understanding of computers and social media. 

Schedule: Thursday, July, 21 – Sunday, July 31st. Intern will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week during June and July. 

 

Green Team Intern

Description: The Green Team intern will play an essential role in helping to reduce our carbon footprint, working with Green Team to train volunteers and educate festival-goers on practices to divert waste from the landfill.
Interns will learn about event-based waste management procedures designed to divert waste from landfills. Working with various Green Team leads, who are environmental professionals, interns will be placed at various Green Team stations throughout the festival grounds and learn about best practices for waste management. If you’re interested in making festivals more green, this is the place to start!

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Interns should be passionate about sustainability and environmental programs as they pertain to the NFF Green Team.

Schedule: 8 am to 5 pm, July 22-24 and July 29-31

Patrnership Intern

Description: The Partnership Intern will work with the Head of Partnerships to help ensure our sponsors have a great experience while on site. Work directly with some of the greatest companies on earth and learn about how festival sponsorships work! 

Compensation: Interns will be paid $12.50 per hour for their time during the festival weekends. Interns will be expected to work 2-5 hours per week leading up to the festivals to be trained for the position. This portion of the internship is unpaid.

Requirements: Good attitude, hustle & respect are a must!

Schedule: 8am to 5pm on show days (July 22-24 and July 29-31) And a simple pre-festival meeting to review expectations and the lay of the land

For further questions about the Foundation and how you might help support our mission please contact us at info@newportfestivals.org.

Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, duly licensed. All donations are 100% tax deductible.