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About San Francisco Opera

Founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola, the San Francisco Opera moved to its current home in the War Memorial Opera House in 1932. It is noted for productions that feature the world’s foremost opera talent, as well as outstanding new artists. San Francisco Opera is now the second-largest opera company in North America. The opera has featured performances of famous works, such as Harvey Milk, A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking.

The internship program gives participants experience with the opera’s inner workings, as they become members of their assigned department while establishing professional contacts. Positions are available in artistic and musical administration, finance, information systems, development, guild activities and events, human resources and labor relations, marketing, public relations, the opera center, orchestra administration and technical production. At the beginning of each internship, participants establish their learning objectives with supervisors. Toward the conclusion, the supervisor conducts an exit interview, which provides an assessment of the intern’s accomplishments, as well as feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of the program.


Open to all current college students and grad students.

San Francisco Opera

HR Operations Manager
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA