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Internship Program

Have you ever considered a career in Arts Administration, in the economic development of an ever expanding and vibrant cultural district, in the institutional development of a complex and multifaceted organization? Have you ever wanted to play a part in bringing a production to the stage, of promoting the arts to the region, of supporting the technological infrastructure paramount to the smooth operation of a diverse and divergent organization?

If any of these ideas appeal to you, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is the place for your internship! At “The Trust” Students gain experience in arts leadership through a 10-week program. Internships are available in the following departments and many have specific qualifications that must be met for consideration.


Children’s Theater Programming presents, promotes, and premieres international, national, and regional performing and visual arts programming that appeal to children and families. In addition to mainstage performances, Pittsburgh international Children's Theater also produces one of only four international children's theater festivals in the USA. The Festival features professional theater, dance, music, visual arts plus a grounds area bursting with crafts, activities, and workshops. Children's Theater Programming is sponsored by Citizens Bank. 


Coordinate a review and revision of the Trust’s individual membership tracking procedures. Training will be provided on process improvement strategies and implementation. Experience with Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge or equivalent database management system a plus. This internship will assist the Development Systems Coordinator with prospect research and donor data management.


A production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the mission of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is to connect the community to the arts. The popular festival of art, music, performance, food and community runs for 10 days each June at Point State Park, Gateway Center, and numerous Cultural District gallery locations. 

Note: This internship runs from March to mid-June.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education Department provides a wide range of exciting, high quality arts education experiences for students, educators, artists and community members seeking professional and personal growth. Partnering with local communities and schools, the Cultural Trust offers in-school and out-of-school residencies, workshops, classes and professional development opportunities. Our arts education programs can be customized to meet the needs of audiences of all ages and abilities, nurturing a greater appreciation and understanding through the arts.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is currently seeking a General Theater Operations intern for the Winter/Spring Semesters (January – April) and Summer Semester (Summer (May – August). This is open to college students (graduate/undergraduate) or recent college graduates.

The Theater Operations Intern will report to the Theater Services Director and gain a ''nuts and bolts'' experience of managing one of the Trust’s theater venues. Responsibilities include general office support, answering phones, communicating with employees, patrons, and clients, providing support in preparing the theater for new productions as needed, and assisting house management during performances. The Theatre Operations Intern must have strong customer service and communication skills, solid problem-solving skills, and must be attentive to detail. Technical skills and comfort with basic tools is a plus. Applicants should be eager to learn, able to take initiative, and ready to jump into any project.


The Guest Services Department is the home to the Trust’s volunteer program, accessibility program, ticketing management, festival operations, merchandise management, and a host of general guest service functions. The department seeks interns with a background in business administration, arts management, communication, or, who possess an interest in learning more about any of the areas listed above.


Highmark First Night® Pittsburgh is a unique, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration focused on the arts. Held in more than 200 cities worldwide, the festival is a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. Centered in the Cultural District, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh has something for everyone, from children’s activities and performances by nationally-known musicians, to installations by local artists and a spectacular fireworks finale. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with Highmark First Night marketing, promotions, social media, booking/programming coordination and other administrative projects.  This internship runs September through January.


The Institutional Development department raises operating funds to support and enhance the Cultural District, its growth, and its development. The department does this in a number of ways - direct mail solicitations, staff campaigns, grants, cultivations and special events.


The Marketing & Communications Department provides internship opportunities throughout the year for qualified candidates who are in a related program of study and have a strong interest in business administration, marketing, public relations, advertising, and publications. The selected intern will participate in the marketing and promotion of shows, writing copy for publications and social media, and various projects to advance the mission of the Trust. Intern candidates should possess excellent writing and communication skills.


The Event Marketing Intern will support the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in devising, executing, and evaluating marketing and communications plans during the spring and summer of 2017. Primary projects of focus will include the EQT Children’s Theater Festival, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and other touring events at Cultural District venues. The Intern will work closely with the Trust’s 12-member Marketing & Communications Department to gain skills with project management, media planning, website and social media content management, writing, and grassroots marketing. Candidates should be passionate for the arts and the community and possess strong writing and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and work in a fast-paced environment.

Note: Interested candidates should submit a 300-word narrative on the best arts/entertainment event experienced during the last year, in addition, to resume and cover letter


Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival was first held in June of 2011, in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, making the Trust the biggest supporter of jazz in the region, with more resources and support going to regional and national jazz musicians, and more programming available to the community. For more information, please visit: trustarts.org/jazzfest. The PJLIF Internship will be from April – June and will be responsible for grassroots marketing, assisting with artist hospitality and company management, assisting as a liaison between downtown / Cultural District businesses and festival management, representing the Trust in a variety of situations before, during and after the festival, and other duties as assigned in preparation, onsite, and following the festival.


The Real Estate Department manages over 1,000,000 square feet of property owned by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In addition to fulfilling the Trust's mission to energize Downtown through the arts and economic development, the department coordinates public-private partnerships to enhance the Cultural District's vitality and serves as a guardian to protect the existing work the Trust has invested to transform a once-downtrodden area of Downtown to a national model of urban revitalization.  

Note: This internship is recommended for Architecture, Urban Design, and/or Economic Development students.


The Strategic Partnerships/ Community Engagement Department provides a variety of programs and events to the Pittsburgh community. The department works with dozens of arts organizations, universities, corporations, and community groups throughout the city and surrounding areas, to better connect diverse audiences and people of all ages, to the arts.

Unless otherwise noted, internships are offered in the Fall (September – December), Winter/Spring (January – April) and Summer (May – August). Open to college students (graduate/undergraduate) or recent college graduates

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume (or any other materials requested above) specifying your department of interest to:

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Attn: Carroll de Vera Roberts
Manager of Board Engagement and Executive Special Projects
Executive Office – Internship Program
803 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA. 15222

or email to internships@trustarts.org

No phone calls please. We will contact you if selected for an interview.