Internships

We are offering a variety of unpaid internships (that provide course credit) for the 2021 Perth Festival in line with the details listed below. All of our internships are focused on ensuring valuable learning experiences that are acquired through exposure to practical workplace examples. We work with a number of different education institutes to ensure specific course criteria is met and support students with collating reports as required.

We are an annually curated multi-genre arts festival in Perth, WA that showcases the very best of national and international film, theatre, circus, dance, literature and music. The Lotterywest Film season runs from November to April and the Perth Festival runs across February and March, but we are busy all year planning and preparing for delivery. Our team expands from a core team of 34 to over 200 at the peak of Festival – creating a unique, fast paced and ever-changing working environment.

We will be looking for interns that can demonstrate exceptional work ethic, computer literacy, creative problem solving skills and of course a passion for their field of study and / or the arts / events industry.

Our internships are highly sought after and the strongest applicants will be invited to go through a competitive process that involves at least one interview and a practical exercise. Working through this process is important learning in itself and we will provide constructive feedback to all applicants who successfully secure interviews.

We actively strive for diversity in our teams and strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. Perth Festival is an inclusive and flexible environment and we welcome your application.

Marketing and Communications Internship

This internship is hosted by our Marketing and Communications team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Designing, developing and delivering bespoke marketing campaigns
  • Learning about signage and publication distribution
  • Participating in and supporting with audience development and segmentation research
  • Understanding campaign analytics
  • The process of building and sending eNews
  • Learning how to appropriately execute tactical digital promotions
  • Coordination and uploading of multimedia content to social media in a professional context
  • Analysis of web and social media activities
  • Understanding how to appropriately respond to customer queries via online channels
  • Understanding how to maintain a media database
  • Learning how to appropriately copy, distribute and archive media clippings
  • Coordination of staff and artist media calls and promotional appearances
  • Allocating tickets for media
  • Media monitoring

This internship would suit candidates available 2-3 days per week, commencing in October 2020. The length of internship is flexible and can be tailored to the student’s course requirements, but an end date post Festival in March 2021 will provide maximum benefit to the intern.

Event Management / Fundraising

This internship is hosted by our Sponsorship and Philanthropy team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Coordination and delivery of events for Festival sponsors, partners and donors
  • Learning how to enter and update RSVP lists in Tessitura
  • Learning how to maintain event management databases
  • Creating door lists and run sheets
  • Researching sponsors, partners and donors

This internship would suit candidates available 2-3 days per week, commencing in October 2020. The length of internship is flexible and can be tailored to the student’s course requirements, but an end date post Festival in March 2021 will provide maximum benefit to the intern.

Programming

This internship is hosted by our Production and Programming team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Artist liaison and artist services
  • Program research
  • Collating information on Festival artists
  • Learning about artist contracting and artist payments
  • Practical arts administration in a Festival environment
  • An introduction to local and national networks across artistic companies and suppliers

This internship would suit candidates available 2-3 days per week, commencing in October 2020. The length of internship is flexible and can be tailored to the student’s course requirements, but an end date post Festival in March 2021 will provide maximum benefit to the intern.

Production

This internship is hosted by our Programming and Production team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Planning and delivery of a multi-million dollar, multi-venue arts Festival
  • Production management and scheduling
  • Ground transport and logistics
  • Risk management and operational planning

This internship would suit candidates available 2-3 days per week, commencing in October 2020. The length of internship is flexible and can be tailored to the student’s course requirements, but an end date post Festival in March 2021 will provide maximum benefit to the intern.

Arts Management

This is a more structured placement suitable for Arts Management and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students. In order to meet the requirements of this placement, the intern will spend time in Sponsorship and Philanthropy, Finance and Operations, People and Culture, Marketing and Communications and Production and Programming. Upon completion of this placement, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical concepts in Arts Management to practical operations
  • Understand the role of the Arts Manager in a professional context
  • Appreciate effective administration in an arts organisation
  • Appreciate the principles of funding arts organisations and control of expenditure
  • Understand the effectiveness of sales and marketing strategies
  • Analyse communication channels in arts organisations
  • Understand the utilisation of resources in arts organisations (physical resources and HR)
  • Develop a strategy for dealing with current issues in arts management

This placement for 2020/2021 runs mid-way through Semester 2, 4 days per week for 10 weeks. We will also work with the student to support them with their reporting requirements.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for one of the traineeships, please submit a cover letter and CV to humanresources@perthfestival.com.au by 23 August 2020.

Please ensure your cover letter addresses the following:

  • Which internship or traineeship you are applying for
  • Why you are the best fit for this internship or traineeship
  • The three main things you are hoping to gain from the experience
  • Your ideal schedule / availability for participating in an internship or traineeship (dates, hours and days)

We will work with you to address any access needs you may have. If you require assistance to participate in the application and / or interview process please contact Jessica Blackwell, Head of People and Culture on 6488 8622 or jblackwell@perthfestival.com.au.

We will respond to all applicants week commencing 24 August 2020 and will be running interviews in the first half of September 2020 for those who are selected for the second phase.

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