The Organization

Litchfield Performing Arts (LPA), a not-for-profit dedicated to the arts and arts education, seeks summer interns each year to help run the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen, CT. Be a part of an internationally recognized Festival! These internships will provide real-life experience in major event coordination, handling contracts, managing personnel, leadership and much more. Interns are a core part of our team.


Litchfield Jazz Festival Internships (Summer 2017)

2015 Litchfield Jazz Festival Interns. Photo by Lindsey Turner.

2015 Litchfield Jazz Festival Interns. Photo by Lindsey Turner.

The Litchfield Jazz Festival, which The Wall Street Journal said, “stands tall in substance among the larger festivals around the nation” was founded in 1996. The Litchfield Jazz Camp, featured in TIME Magazine and on CNN, hosts 350+ students from all over the United States, Bermuda, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and England at the Canterbury School in New Milford.

Positions are unpaid, college credit possible. Interns Needed: Mid-May through August. Location: Goshen, CT

To Apply

In order to be considered for a position, please email the following to Elizabeth@litchfeildjazzfest.com by Friday April 7, 2017: A cover letter, copy of your resume, one reference (written preferred), and for media intern applicants, a portfolio of your work. No phone calls please, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Education, Experience and Skills

All applicants must…

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Be a college student or within six months post-graduation; college credit is available.
  • Be customer-service oriented and diplomatic.
  • Be capable of taking direction and working independently.
  • Have the ability to create high quality work within tight deadlines.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have strong organizational skills, including prioritizing and multi-tasking.

Volunteer Coordinator Intern (Full time)

Start Date: May 29, 2017

End Date: August 11, 2017

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will be responsible for the full management (recruiting, scheduling, training, and overseeing on-site) of 100+ volunteers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintain volunteer applications, schedules, and other paperwork.
  • Communicate local school administration, local businesses, colleges, civic organizations, youth groups, and churches to encourage referrals of potential volunteers.
  • Develop and deliver training programs for volunteers.
  • Review policies and procedures for issues related to volunteers and update as needed.
  • Prepare and maintain procedural and training materials, and the LPA volunteer database.
  • Monitor volunteers’ performance and satisfaction and provide ongoing training and support as needed.
  • Assist with Litchfield Jazz Festival Program Book ad sales as needed.

Special Events / Artist Coordinator Intern (Full time)

Start Date: May 29, 2017

End Date: August 11, 2017

Position Summary

The Special Events / Artist Coordinator Intern will be responsible for the full management of our food vendors and up to 28 craft vendors in addition to performing artist scheduling and hospitality suite management.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Execute and maintain vendor applications, contracts, and health paperwork.
  • Work directly with our Special Events Coordinator and Development Officer to coordinate the Festival Sunday Jazz Brunch fundraisers.
  • Act as a liaison between Litchfield Jazz Festival and vendors and Festival artists
  • Review policies and procedures for issues related to vendors, prepare and maintain procedural and training materials.
  • Arrange and manage artist catering before and during the event.
  • Coordinate and monitor timelines and ensure deadlines are met.
  • On-site (Festival) management of vendors and artists including monitoring vendors’ performance and satisfaction and provide ongoing training and support as needed.
  • Recruit and manage college fair participants for The Litchfield Jazz Camp.

Festival Technical Assistant (Part time)

Start Date: June 26, 2017

End Date: August 11, 2017

Position Summary

The Festival Technical Assistant will work in conjunction with Festival Technical Director on general Festival operations including following up on contracts, deliver and pickup details, and more.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with Festival Technical Director on general Festival operations.
  • May work with other interns on projects.
  • Assists in general office tasks.
  • Serves as an apprentice in assigned functions.

Media Intern (Part time)

Start Date: July 3, 2017

End Date: August 11, 2017

Position Summary

The Media Intern will be responsible for the full production, editing, and direction of photographs and video clips to be used by Litchfield Performing Arts throughout the year.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Take photos and video footage of Litchfield Jazz Camp and Litchfield Jazz Festival events and people as needed.
  • Edit photos and/or create illustrations for various media, including printed marketing collateral, advertising, social media and web use.
  • Produce, direct, and edit a short informative video to be used as an advertisement for the Litchfield Jazz Camp.
  • Routinely interact with various team members, campers, and musicians at different professional levels.

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