The Akropolis Reed Quintet’s internship program offers real-world, hands-on experiences for college students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in music, arts administration, nonprofit management, and live event production.
For over a decade, Akropolis has been at the forefront of wind chamber music, the first ever reed quintet to win numerous national prizes including a Fischoff Gold Medal, Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and more. Touring nationally and internationally and delivering an average of 40 concerts and 100+ educational events annually, Akropolis has commissioned over 50 reed quintet works, collaborated with artists including the Dover Quartet, BodyVox Dance, and Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, and has recorded three albums, including their 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “pure gold.” Akropolis has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Chamber Music America, and others for their community programming in Detroit, MI and has sold over 300 works through Akropolis Collection, their rapidly expanding reed quintet sheet music publishing catalog.
If you are interested in learning what it takes to make a successful career in the arts, then we want you on our team! The goal of our internship program is to keep climbing into our second decade while helping a new generation of arts administrators learn skills that will help them thrive.
An Akropolis internship will include a range of commitments, but can be personalized based on individual interest and organizational needs. Focus areas include but are not limited to the following:
- Day-to-day nonprofit administration, including working through a Board of Directors
- Programming, organization, and execution of virtual, local (Detroit), and touring (national) events
- Educational residency coordination, administration, documentation, and evaluation
- Digital marketing, including graphic design, social media, website content, and more
- Public relations, including press releases and interfacing with industry professionals
- Fundraising, including individual solicitation campaigns and donor recognition
- Sheet music publishing, including expanding, promoting, and administering Akropolis Collection
An internship aims to help you learn what goes into successfully managing a chamber music ensemble and nonprofit organization, including interacting with industry professionals, including the members of Akropolis, through hands-on experiences.
Time Commitment & Compensation
4-10 hours a week are expected. Hours are flexible and adaptable, with the majority of work to take place remotely when and where the intern desires. All internships are unpaid opportunities. Travel and driving reimbursements will be made available when applicable. Interns local to Southeast Michigan have the opportunity to be directly involved in Together We Sound festival and other local events.
For University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance students, course credit between 1 and 3 credits is available in addition to an opportunity to apply for a $1,000 grant to cover expenses related to the internship through the EXCEL Internship Fund.
For Eastern Michigan University students, students are able to enroll in CTAR 489: Internship in Arts Management to receive 3 credit hours to an Akropolis internship.
For Michigan State University students, students are able to enroll in internship courses for credit. Course numbers vary with each department; music students can enroll in MUS466: Internship in Music for 1-3 credits. MSU undergraduate students are also eligible to apply for the MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award.
If you are enrolled in another institution around the country, we are happy to work with your university if you are eligible to receive work-study or course credit for this Internship.
What We Require
- A background in the arts, nonprofits, or interest in chamber music
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- The ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines under minimal supervision
- Strong interpersonal skills when it comes to interfacing with audience members, board members, and other professionals
At this time, Akropolis is no longer accepting applications for internships. However, we would love to get to know you if this is something you are interested in in the future. Please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our internship program or if you would like to know when we will be opening up the program again for new applicants.
Akropolis Quintet, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any characteristic protected by law, such as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or disability.
What our previous interns have to say…
“I owe so much to the Akropolis Reed Quintet. During my time as an intern, Akropolis shaped me into a fierce, innovative, goal-oriented, and creative musician and entrepreneur. By being an endless source of inspiration, Akropolis has shown me that a career in the arts can be whatever you want it to be and that a positive attitude while being kind can lead to something unimaginable and will greatly impact the world around you. My time with Akropolis has given me every tool I need for a successful career running an arts organization and I have created a life-long bond with two mentors that have made a great personal impact on me. I am forever grateful for what the Akropolis has done on my future.”
“Working with Akropolis has been an absolutely invaluable experience. No class or coursework can truly give you the hands on experience that you get working behind the scenes with a world class non profit organization. This internship has opened up so many doors for me professionally and personally, and for that I owe a lot to Akropolis and this internship. The skills I have learned apply to countless facets of my life as a musician and beyond. I cannot recommend this internship enough to anyone who is looking for a unique and meaningful learning experience.”