Internships

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Ascend Performing Arts is a dynamic place to work, where our efforts make a difference in the quality education we offer in performing arts. We are passionate and dedicated to our cause and look for others who want to make a difference in developing excellence in young people as well. If you are willing to commit to developing excellence through passion, dedication and growing an organization that has a goal of personal development for our members and truly understanding the needs of our clients, we welcome the opportunity to meet you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. Ascend Performing Arts offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.

To deliver on our mission of “elevating life performance”, we are looking to fill a variety of roles, including positions in our Employment and Internship Program. The Internship programs are a mutually beneficial opportunity for the intern to gain valuable experience working with a major performing arts nonprofit that lays a foundation for their resume and portfolio.

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“Tour Admin Intern”

BKTourAdminTeamThe Tour Admin Intern will be the main service support for Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and provide administrative assistance for Spring Training and Summer Tour while reporting to the Tour Director. The position requires a highly motivated individual who looks to develop their administrative abilities in working with a world class performing arts program. Working with the drum corps as an intern is a fast paced job, requiring high energy with diverse tasks being performed each day.

Requirements

∴ 18 years or older.
∴ Valid drivers license with good driving record.
∴ Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
∴ Own your own laptop with knowledge of Microsoft office suite.
∴ Available for entire summer May 15 – August 15.
∴ Preferred experience/knowledge of drum corps, marching band or indoor activity is helpful.

Responsibilities

∴ Assist admin team with logistics of camps, spring training and tour including facility awareness/oversight during move-in, stay and check-out.
∴ Assist transportation of staff & members to and from airports, medical appointments and general running of errands.
∴ Assist kitchen team with daily grocery shopping, inventory of supplies, and food deliveries includes help with restocking of weekly orders.
∴ Assist with general administrative record keeping, filing and preparation of tour books.
∴ Assist with logistics of uniform cleaning, equipment storage and general performance needs.


“Athletic Trainer Intern”

athletictrainerstockThe Athletic Training Intern will be the working closely with the licensed Athletic Trainer for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. They will work with the staff to help prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries of our performers. Working with the drum corps as an intern is a fast paced job, requiring high energy with diverse tasks being performed each day.

Requirements

∴ 18 years or older.
∴ Valid drivers license with good driving record.
∴ Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
∴ Own your own laptop with knowledge of Microsoft office suite.
∴ Available for entire summer May 15 – August 15.
∴ Preferred experience/knowledge of drum corps, marching band or indoor activity is helpful.

Responsibilities

∴ Assist athletic trainer during training camps, all-days training and national tour.
∴ Assist with injury recognition, rehabilitative care, providing first responder care and general medical management of the performer athlete.


“Culinary Intern”

BKvolunteersThe Culinary Intern will be the work closely with the Food Manager and the volunteer cook team for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. They will learn everything there is to learn about managing food service for over 200 people during the summer national tour. There is no bigger restaurant in Denver that serves over 200 people, 4 times a day for 85 days of drum corps!

Requirements

∴ 18 years or older.
∴ Valid drivers license with good driving record.
∴ Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
∴ Own your own laptop with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
∴ Available for entire summer (or portion of) May 15 – August 15.
∴ Preferred experience/knowledge of drum corps, marching band or indoor activity is helpful.

Responsibilities

∴ Assisting the Head Chef with meal planning, preparation, and cooking during training camps, all-days training and national tour.


“Development Intern”

qtq80-HoQcE4The Development Intern assists the Director of Development with creating, developing, and implementing marketing materials and mailings. They also assist (as necessary) with the implementation of new fundraising strategies. Experience with Microsoft Office applications, web and social media. This position also assists with the development of a comprehensive communications strategy and follow through including print, digital, social media channels, and website management.

Location

Internships are located at the Ascend Performing Arts office (and special event locations):

Ascend Performing Arts
9520 E. Jewell Ave
Unit A
Denver, CO 80247

Experience:

∴ Looking for individual with Development or fund raising knowledge or willing to learn.

∴ Have Bachelor’s Degree in an arts-related field, nonprofit management or fundraising.

∴ Be experienced in Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, donor data base systems such as Network For Good, Colorado Gives, and business and nonprofit email platforms such as Constant Contact, etc.

∴ Be an efficient and organized manager of time and myriad details.

∴ Prefer Blue Knights Alumnus or a candidate who is familiar with drum corps or percussion ensemble may be able to do the job. College student needing part-time job which can grow to full time job.

Responsibilities

∴ Communication skills needed to communicate about:

 ∴ Ascend’s mission
 ∴ Ascend’s vision
∴ Ascend’s programs and future programs

∴ Assist development director in retaining current donors:

∴ Personal phone call with follow up e-mail “Thank you”.
∴ Will communicate with donors to get specific information and to thank for donations.

∴ Written skills: Will write short thank you notes.

∴ Computer Skills:

∴ Familiar with Access, Word, Excel and Power Point
∴ May assist Development Director with Power Point Presentations

 ∴ Will work with Alumni Coordinator

Compensation

This unpaid internship can provide school credit, portfolio-building experience, a flexible schedule and valuable experience in the non-profit fundraising world.


“Hospitality & Events Intern”

(Coming Soon)

“Marketplace Intern”

BKSouvieTeamThe BK Marketplace Intern will actively be involved in the daily sales/inventory control of promotional products or brand wear for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps throughout the summer touring season. This would also include creative assistance with apparel design and display prior to the national tour while reporting to the Blue Knights Merchandising Manager. The position requires a highly motivated individual who looks to develop their merchandising skills in working with a world-class performing arts program. Working with the organization as an intern is a fast paced job, requiring high energy with diverse tasks being performed each day.

NOTE: This position travels independently of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and typically does not typically interact with the drum corps. If you’re looking for more direct interaction with the Blue Knights, we recommend you check out opportunities here.

Requirements

∴ 18 years or older.
∴ Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
∴ Own your own laptop with knowledge of Microsoft office suite.
∴ Available for entire summer (or portion of) May 15 – August 15.
∴ Preferred knowledge/experience of retail sales in a fast paced environment (past experience with other drum corps or touring group a plus).
∴ Design experience and skills using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (considered a plus).

Responsibilities

∴ Daily preparation of mobile trailer leading to evening set-up of display area.
∴ Sales of merchandise with inclusion of superior customer service through your enriched personality.
∴ General record keeping, inventory control and replacement forecasting.
∴ Assist with other administrative logistical task throughout the daytime.

Positions Available

∴ Pre-tour Position (in Denver): May 15 – June 16
∴ Full Tour Position (traveling with drum corps): June 15 – August 13
∴ Tour 1 Position (traveling with drum corps): June 10 – July 16
∴ Tour 2 Position (traveling with drum corps): July 15 – August 15


“Media Intern” 

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Ascend Performing Arts is now accepting applications for Winter and Summer Media Internships. Internship time frames can be aligned with university schedule for college credit.

The Winter Intern will assist with the marketing and promotions efforts for the Friendship Cup Scholastic Marching Band Contest events as well as recruiting for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble over the course of a fall season. They will also assist with promotion of the percussion ensemble camps and WGI tour as well as the drum and bugle corps training camps. In addition, tasks may also include generating content from the percussion ensemble WGI tour and the drum and bugle corps camps, authoring articles about the percussion ensemble’s progress on tour and conducting interviews.

The Summer Intern will assist with the marketing and promotions of Ascend events such as Drums Along The Rockies and Corps Encore. In addition, tasks may also include generating content from the drum and bugle corps tour, authoring articles about the drum and bugle corps’ progress on tour and conducting interviews.

Location

Internships are located at the Ascend Performing Arts office (and special event locations):

Ascend Performing Arts
9520 E. Jewell Ave
Unit A
Denver, CO 80247

Expectations

Ascend Performing Arts’ small office environment means everyone plays an important role, and our interns are active members of the team. The real-world experience you will gain is invaluable, but be prepared to work hard among hard workers and achieve great things with us!

Media Internships are flexible based on the successful candidates’ particular focuses of study and interests, so we encourage interns to let us know how they want to grow as young professionals. Ascend’s Director of Communications will assign tasks based on the candidate’s personal goals and skill set, and the intern will be entrusted to manage a project all their own in addition to assisting with more general marketing efforts. Interns may also travel with the drum and bugle corps to perform duties.

The media team is always open to creativity, and we’ll give you room to make this internship your own. Bring a positive attitude, ideas that reflect your personality and a passion for music and the arts!

Qualifications

∴ High school diploma.
∴ Currently enrolled in college/university-level studies of advertising, journalism, marketing, radio & television, or arts management.
∴ Able to write professionally & concisely.
∴ Proficient in Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, & YouTube (Google+ and other platforms are a plus).
∴ Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Compensation

Media Interns will be compensated based on experience and qualifications. This internship may qualify for academic credit with an accredited university. Please consult your academic advisor.

Duration

30 – 40 hours per week (*occasional weekend hours based on events).