POSITION: Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts Internship
If opera is the “ultimate” art form, then you can be part of the “ultimate” thrill in being part of the award-winning broadcast team for one of Chicago’s cultural institutions. Lyric Opera Opening Night Broadcasts have been heard in Chicago for over 30 years and these broadcasts reach a national audience in syndication during the Spring.
- WFMT offers internships year-round on a rolling basis.
- Interns must stay for the length of a semester or summer.
- Hours are flexible, but you may at times be asked to be available for more than 8 consecutive hours and/or off-site.
- This is an unpaid internship.
- We will work with schools for student interns receiving credit, but receiving credit is not required.
- Recent graduates are also eligible within the first 12 months of graduation.
Students of any major may apply, but a highly developed knowledge of classical music is essential. Experience with opera and vocal literature—either as a singer, accompanist, or director is highly desired. A successful candidate will also have outstanding writing and research skills as well as an ability to communicate well verbally. A general knowledge of the world of opera as well as the broadcast industry and an ability to edit basic stereo audio tracks would also be helpful.
Possible learning opportunities include: Researching the operas for the season, preparing synopses of opera plots, with citations, pulling recordings for review and production purposes, writing bullet-point summaries about the productions for use during the broadcasts, attend dress-rehearsals and write briefs about them, assist with booking interviews and guest-hosts, simple audio editing of interviews and audio features, escort guests, provide onsite support for remote recordings and live broadcasts, assist with various educational endeavors, including the Commentaries on CD project.
Interested students should email their resume and cover letter expressing their qualifications and interest in the internship to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference "WFMT Internship/Attn: George Preston" in subject line of all correspondence to ensure proper routing.
Somewhere in your cover letter please include your preferred start date. Please also include a one-page summary detailing your interest in the vocal arts and how your specific experiences might prove useful to the broadcast team.
Candidates may also fax or mail their resume and cover letter with optional extra materials directly to:
George Preston, Program Host/Producer
The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts
WFMT Radio Network
5400 N. St. Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Fax: (773) 279-2199
Candidates who are believed to be a good match will then be invited to complete an application and come in for an interview. You may be asked to do a sample writing assignment and/or pass a written exam as part of the final review process.