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Full-time/Permanent Staff Positions

There are no positions open at this time.

Part-time/Temporary Staff Positions

There are no positions open at this time.

21st Century Artist Internships

Each year, UMS and SMTD choose 4 students to intern for 5-7 weeks between May and August with a professional dance, theater, or music ensemble that UMS plans to present during its upcoming season. UMS presents ensembles from all over the world, though many will be based in major metropolitan areas in the USA. Students:

  • Work with the University Musical Society.
  • Spend the summer with an artist or ensemble.
  • Earn $5,000 to support your summer internship.

Interns receive a $5,000 stipend to be applied to travel, housing, and living expenses during the summer internship. Upon returning to campus, interns will enroll in a one-credit independent study during the semester in which his/her assigned company is visiting the U-M campus (ARTSADMN 491). Only current sophomores and juniors enrolled in the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance are eligible to apply.

Presenting Sponsors: Jay Ptashek and Karen Elizaga Family

Questions? Contact

Download Internship Guidelines and Application (.docx)

Timeline & How To Apply

  • Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020.
  • Please complete the application form (including the name and contact information of one U-M faculty member who knows your work and will serve as your recommender)
  • Submit the application, a transcript (official or unofficial), and resume (both professional and artistic, or a combination of both) as one PDF document via the SMTD online application portal.
  • Finalists will be interviewed on January 13 and January 14, 2021, and notified of their acceptance by April 5, 2021.

Please note: UMS and SMTD are committed to providing student artists with opportunities to nurture artistry and build skills to navigate the landscape of the professional arts world. The ongoing global health crisis has impacted the way UMS has traditionally offered this program. Our hope for the summer of 2021 is to offer this internship as it was originally designed, assigning students to work in person with professional ensembles in person. While we hope this will be possible, our decision to place students in an in-person capacity will be determined by recommended guidelines for health and safety administered by the CDC, the state of Michigan, and the University of Michigan. If unable to offer the summer internship program as intended, UMS will explore ways to adapt the program to continue to create a rich, robust, and impactful learning experience for students.

Work-Study Opportunities

Work study opportunities at UMS provide valuable experience in all areas of arts management, including backstage production, education, administration, customer service and ticketing, programming, development, and marketing.

General Work Study Opportunities

Students who receive college work-study funding as part of their financial aid package are eligible for paid positions up to the amount of their work-study award.

General work study opportunities (September-April) are posted on the Student Employment Office (SEO) Website and filled as needed.  If you would like to be notified when our positions are posted for the upcoming term, please fill out our contact form. Be sure to check the “Student Work-Study” box.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, until all positions have been filled.

Department Descriptions

Ticket Office. Ensure the best possible patron experience leading up to a performance. Process ticket sales, answer customer questions, and manage the ticketing for UMS; the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Education & Community Engagement. Plan and implement programming for K-12 students and educators, UM students and faculty, and the community. Research and write learning guides, and assist with artist visits, master classes, public talks, and receptions.

Marketing & Communications. Work in a communications department and execute integrated marketing plans that encompass digital, traditional, and event-based marketing and PR. Video/multimedia production and editing, motion graphics, and graphic design opportunities are also available.

Artist Services & Programming. Provide event support for performances, rehearsals, and educational events. Transport artists, assist with artist hospitality, and facilitate load-ins and load-outs. In the programming department, maintain our archive of programs, photos, and artist and repertoire information. Compile and edit program books.

Current Openings

There are no positions open at this time.

Closed Positions — Not recruiting at this time

Artist Services Student Staff

Development Work Study Position

Education Assistant

Marketing Multi-media Work Study Position

Patron Services Work Study Position

Programming Work Study Position

Marketing Graphic Design Work Study Position

To hear about future openings, please fill out our contact form. Be sure to check the “Student Work-Study” box. Or, you can reach us via email at

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