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Public Relations/PR: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

BSO Public Relations Internship—Summer 2007

Proposed term: early June to late August (some flexibility)

Weekly hours: An average of 20 hours per week (2.5 days in office)

Compensation: $50/week, plus access to BSO concerts and events, academic credit if applicable

Location: Position is based in Baltimore; possibility of travel to concerts in N. Bethesda, Md. and Cockeysville, Md.

Open to: Students who have completed at least 1 year of college; graduate students

About the BSO: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. The 2006-2007 season marks the orchestra’s first season with Music Director Designate Marin Alsop, who made international headlines in 2005 when she became the first female to lead a major American symphony orchestra. The BSO performs year-round at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.) and at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. Concerts and series include a full range of classical series, pops programming, family and youth concerts, special events and presentations.

About the PR department: The BSO public relations department is responsible for the organization’s public image and for strategic media relations surrounding all Orchestra programming, special events, presentations, major announcements and more.

The PR intern's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Preparation and distribution of press clippings
• Writing and editing monthly calendars and press releases
• Organizing distribution of press materials
• Participation in promotional planning and strategy sessions
• Developing feature story ideas
• Working with journalists, photographers and television camera crews

Intern will also assist with clerical and general public relations tasks. The PR intern is supervised by the Publicist.

Ideal candidates will have: strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; basic facility with computers and technology; impeccable attention to detail; positive energy and a willingness to “pitch in” wherever needed. Candidates should also have an interest in gaining valuable and direct experience in the PR office of a major performing arts organization.

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Interested candidates should submit cover letter, résumé and writing sample(s) (2-5 pages in length) to BSO Publicist Michelle Pendoley—mpendoley@baltimoresymphony.org.