See the administrative inner workings of The Santa Fe Opera

With positions ranging from Development to Marketing to Community Engagement, our Internship Program offers a breadth of experience for the aspiring arts administrator. Past interns have gone on to major positions at other opera companies and arts organizations, including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, and Juilliard. Some have even come back to The Santa Fe Opera as full-time employees!

  • In most internships, some weekend and evening hours may be required.
  • Compensation varies with the experience of the applicant.
  • All interns receive an hourly wage with overtime (where applicable) and assistance with long-distance travel to and from Santa Fe.
  • Intern housing is provided and partially subsidized by the Opera.

Positions Available each Summer

Please note that all positions are filled for 2019. Please check back later this year for information on Internships for 2020. Thank you for your interest!


Education Intern (not available)


Donor Relations Intern (filled)
Opera Club Steward (filled)
Special Events Intern (filled)


Business Office Intern (filled)


Marketing and Operations Intern (filled)


Media & PR Intern (filled)

Orchestra Library Apprentice (filled)

Production Management Intern (closed)


Application (PDF)

Submit a completed general employment application, along with a1-2 page resume and cover letter describing your interest in the relevant position, by e-mail to Human Resources or by mail to:
The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Human Resources
Post Office Box 2408
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2408

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by a member of The Santa Fe Opera staff.

The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or political affiliation. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

"The Opera is an amazing place to work! You have the opportunity to see the development of each production from behind the scenes and witness the work involved in producing such extravagant performances."

Seasonal Positions: Production

From Audio to Wigs, seasonal artistic employees begin arriving in the spring, and by early July more than 600 employees are on board to make the upcoming season come to life. 

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Seasonal Positions: General

General seasonal employees are responsible for all the off-stage magic and include positions in the Box Office, Opera Shop, Front of House and more.

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Year-Round Positions

There are approximately 70 staff members working around the year in a variety of areas—from production, marketing, and fundraising to technical, administrative, and maintenance of the Opera's beautiful grounds.

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