Interns & Volunteers

The Department of Music is a liberal arts music department serving the University of Virginia, the local and national communities through creative work, scholarship and performance. We rely on the enthusiastic support of our students, volunteers and interns to help us present over 100 music events each year.

Our interns are quick-thinking, motivated, organized, imaginative, patient, and polite. They have good communication skills, a sense of humor, and work well both independently and in groups. Knowledge of music is always helpful. If this description fits you please consider applying for one of our music internships.

Photography Internship

Hours:flexible, 3-9 hours per week
Duration:semester or academic year




Love music? Love photography? Here's a way to combine your interests and play a valuable role as Photography Intern with UVA'sDepartment of Music! We provide a digital camera and ​lenses and a tripod. You provide a desire to visually capture concerts, performances, master classes, classes and other events around the Music Department and our faculty, students and visiting artists for publicity and promotion purposes. Basic duties as Photography Intern will include photographing various events throughout the year, maintaining the archive of past photographs, and managing a small group of volunteer photographers. It will require a time commitment of about 3-9 hours a week.  The UVA Department of Music provides a  supportive environment that will encourage you to expand your portfolio while you develop your management skills.  Contact:


Publicity Internship 

Hours:flexible, 4-8 hours per week
Duration:semester, academic year or summer

The Publicity Internships are tailored for each individual intern. Many interns want to experience working on many different events, while others choose to focus on one type of music or even one large event. Interns assist the Director of Promotions preparing all types of publicity including press releases, ads, and public service announcements. Responsibilities include managing and assisting in marketing promotions and special events planning, preparation and participation. This internship provides a valuable opportunity for hands-on experience in marketing and communications.  Contact:

Social Media Internship 

Hours:flexible, 6-10 hours per week
Duration:semester, academic year or summer

The Social Media Intern assists the Director of Promotions in developing, executing and analyzing social media marketing for the Department of Music. The Social Media Intern needs to have good communication skills; solid writing skills; personal social skills and a knowledge of current trends and technologies in social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.).

We are looking for someone who would make a good representative of the University of Virginia & The Department of Music.That candidate has a strong and positive personal social media network; is able to work under their own direction and is enthusiastic about all types of music and able to communicate that enthusiasm. Fundamental knowledge of computer science is helpful.  Contact:

Volunteer Coordinator 

Hours:flexible, 2-5 hours per week
Duration:academic year

Manage the volunteer program for the Department of Music! As an intern, you will learn to effectively recruit and organize volunteers from UVA and the Charlottesville community for over 80 events and opportunities. Basic computer skills, ability to interact with a diverse group of people, and organizational skills are required. Contact:


"If you are looking to manage and maintain an organization fundamental to the vitality of the music and arts community at U.Va., look no further than this internship. Being the department's volunteer coordinator provides a unique opportunity to not only work with U.Va. students but also to work with volunteers from the greater Charlottesville community who want to remain active in the music and arts community. The chance to provide opportunities that meet a volunteer's specific needs and interests is very rewarding and the flexibility of this internship gives room to be creative and to pursue independent projects that further develops the volunteer program." ~ Michelle H., Volunteer Intern

“My internship was an awesome learning experience. It definitely helped me become familiar with Adobe Illustrator, which is the core program I use in my current job as an Expert Artist for CustomInk. I learned great interpersonal skills as I had to meet with the head of each department to discuss what they envisioned for their advertisements. It also taught me to manage the budgets of the different music departments in order to optimize their advertising potential. Overall it was a great experience and the knowledge I gained has helped me succeed in my job today.” ~

"Interns will interact daily with ad sales reps at local pubs like the Hook and C-VILLE Weekly, as well as [those] in radio. The internship prepares you in so many areas for a real career, such as time management and organization, communication skill (both written and over the phone, creative execution and review, managing budgets, working with a team, and much more! If I had not interned…it would have taken me a much longer time to adjust and complete the learning curve. I really felt ahead of the game as compared to other entry-level colleagues. Every time I reserve an ad here at Ogilvy, I think about how you taught me how to write emails, follow-up, etc. I could never thank you enough!” ~ Margaret N, Advertising Intern

“This was the most well-rounded internship I could ask for. The environment was laid back, but I had plenty of goals to achieve. The work required organization and administration, but I could then use my creative side to design ads. The skills I learned in this internship can be carried over not only into other jobs in arts administration, but also into virtually any career you can think of.” ~ Jill C., Advertising Intern

"This experience incredibly worthwhile. The Music Department is a close-knit community and I loved being a part of it. Everyone is great to work with and this was a unique outlet for my love of photography." ~ Candace R., Photography Intern

Internship Application

To apply, download our PDF document iconIntern Application Form (.pdf, 70KB) and return it

Director of Promotions
Department of Music, University of Virginia
112 Old Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400176
Charlottesville, VA 22904

The Department of Music also participates in the UIP Internship program, which allows interns to gain academic credit.

Contact Marcy Day at 434-924-6492 or for more information or to set up an interview if one of these internships sound right for you.



UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176