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.

Interested?

Open Internship Positions

Tour Admin

Administrative Support

Provide administrative support for Blue Knights DBC as they train in Denver and travel across the country on their national tour.

Athletic Trainer

Health Assistant

Work closely with the licensed Athletic Trainer and provide support in injury prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Blue Knights DBC performers.

Culinary

Foodservice Assistant

Provide assistance to the Food Program Manager. Opportunities during the Blue Knights DBC camp season and on tour.

Media

Capture the Moment

Assist the Communications Director creating, developing, and implementing video, social media posts, and photography.

Driver

Van Shuttles

Drive an auxiliary vehicle for the Blue Knights DBC. Must have a clean driving record and be 25 years of age or over.

Merchandise

Merchandise Assistant

Assist the merchandise team with the merchandise booth, customer service, selling merchandise and inventory.

Office

Administrator

Provide administrative support in our Denver, CO office. Organizational skills and comfort with communication and technology.

Tour Admin Intern

The 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. Although this is an unpaid position that provides valuable experience, a stipend may be offered depending on experience of the applicant.

Requirements
  • 21 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 mid-May – mid-August.
  • 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.
Interested?

Athletic Trainer Intern

The 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 mid-May – mid-August.
  • Preferred experience/knowledge of drum corps, marching band or indoor activity is helpful.
  • Actively enrolled in an Athletic Training Program
  • CPR/First Aid certified
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.
Interested?

Culinary Intern

The Culinary Intern will work closely with the Food Manager and other volunteer cook team for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. This internship will be for one week and weekend a month (Nov-Apr) during Blue Knights Audition camps. The Culinary intern will learn everything there is to learn about managing food service for over 200 people during these audition camps.

Requirements
  • 18 years or older.

  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.

  • Own your own laptop with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

  • Available for one full week and weekend of entire audition camp season (or portion of) November-April

  • Preferred experience/knowledge of drum corps, marching band or indoor activity is helpful but not required

Responsibilities

Pre-camp:

  • Develop a meal plan to feed 7 meals over the course of a camp weekend. Meals must also include choices for special dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian,  GF, DF, etc.).
  • Use the menu to develop a shopping list. This shopping list will also include other incidentals necessary to make the weekend successful. A list of incidentals will be provided.
  • Shop with Food Manager for items, perishable and non-perishable.

At camp (Friday early evening):

  • Take pictures of the entire kitchen and tape off all host school equipment. Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps use their own equipment.
  • Unload box truck and load and organize into the kitchen (volunteers and attendees will assist with this).
  • Prep the cafeteria area, setting up serving tables, a PB&J area, and a beverage area.
  • Clean, prepare and fill the juice and water cooler and keep them filled during the camp.
  • Cook menu planned meals. Assign food prep tasks to volunteers, referring them to recipes and/or handing out recipes to the volunteers.
  • At camps end (Sunday) use volunteer help to load box trucks and clean kitchen and cafeteria areas.
Interested?

Development Intern

The 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 desired. This position also assists with the development of a comprehensive communications strategy and follow through including print, digital, social media channels, and website management.

Great opportunity for a college student seeking a part-time job which can grow to full time career in the performing arts!

Location

Internships are located at the Ascend Performing Arts office

Ascend Performing Arts
3538 Peoria St
Suite 500
Aurora, CO 80100

Desired 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.

  • Be a Blue Knights Alumni or someone who is familiar with the performing arts.

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

  • Write short thank you notes.

Computer Skills

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

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.

Interested?

Media Intern

Ascend Performing Arts is now accepting applications for Multimedia Interns for the winter and summer seasons.

The Media Intern assists the Director of Communications with creating, developing, and implementing various video, social media and photography work for promotional use.

They will have the opportunity to cover various events with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the Blue Knights Winds, and Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. This position may also assist with the development of comprehensive communications and marketing strategy and follow-through including print, digital, social media channels, and website management. The Media Intern will work both independently and as a member of the Media Team.

Predominant work will be assisting with Blue Knights ensembles and Ascend Events. Ascend internships are built to be flexible, make this internship your own in a fun environment to work on projects you wish to pursue!

An ideal applicant would have experience in media production with an emphasis on video and photography work.

Currently seeking Media Interns for:
– Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble
– Blue Knights Winds
– Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps

Location

Internships are located at the Ascend Performing Arts office

Ascend Performing Arts
3538 Peoria St
Suite 500
Aurora, CO 80100

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 Operations will assign tasks based on the candidate’s personal goals and skill set.

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!

Requirements
  • 18 years or older.

  • Looking for individuals with videography and photography knowledge and a willingness to learn.

  • Currently enrolled or about to be enrolled in a media-related field at the college level, including degrees in journalism, communications, film studies, photography or similar area of study.

  • Experience and accessibility to Adobe Products is a must. Products including Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom. Experience in Adobe After Effects is a bonus.

  • Be an efficient worker and meet deadlines.

  • Prefer candidates who are familiar with DCI or WGI experience. College student needing flexible internship with potential room for advancement encouraged to apply.

  • Experience in social media management and development.

Responsibilities
  • Gather and produce media at various Blue Knights ensemble rehearsals and Ascend Events.
  • Assist with social media management and posting of content for posts.
  • Produce content that supports Ascend’s mission and vision.
  • Deploy content messaging in support of Director of Development’s fundraising campaign projects. 
Compensation

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

Interested?

Auxiliary Vehicle Driver

We’re looking for a safe, courteous 15-passenger Van driver who values a predictable schedule. Our organization makes safety our number one priority, which is reflected in our impeccable safety record.

No special license or CDL license is needed. Just a standard driver‘s license with a clean driving record. Must be 25 or over. This is considered a volunteer position and is unpaid however, we may cover transportation expenses to get you to and from tour.

Requirements
  • 25 years or older.

  • Comply with all DOT and in-house regulations and rules.
  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • Driver’s license in good standing.
  • No serious tickets or accidents in last 5 years.
  • No DWI/DUI in last 10 years.
  • Willing to submit to a Background Check.
Responsibilities
  • Manage routes and routines so they proceed in the most efficient way possible.
  • Find ways to conserve resources, including fuel, to benefit the business.
  • Observe and report equipment or mechanical failures immediately.
  • Serve as a brand advocate and ambassador in every interaction with clients and the public.
  • Conduct daily inspections of the vehicle at the end of the shift and report any problems or damage to management.
Interested?

Please send your resume or questions to info@AscendPerformingArts.org or call (303) 777-1937

MERCHANDISE ASSISTANT

The merchandise assistant will travel with the Blue Knights merchandise team in the summer.  The Blue Knights merchandise team travels alongside the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and sells merchandise in support of the corps.  The job of the merchandise assistant  is to work with the Merchandise Manager in the merchandise booth, assisting with set up, tear down, customer service, selling merchandise, taking inventory counts, assessing sales trends and communicating with the Director of Merchandise to ensure a successful selling experience.   The merchandise team is a close-knit group so any member of the team must be a team player.

Merchandise Assistant
Requirements
    • Able to work independently
    • Self-motivated
    • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.
    • Organized, detailed oriented, and a team player
    • Have a positive approach to customer service
    • Be knowledgeable of the performing arts and Ascend Performing Arts mission
Responsibilities
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Computer Skills (Square POS, Microsoft Office)
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Physically able to lift  up to 50 lbs
  • Other duties as assigned
Interested?

Please send your resume or questions to jobs@AscendPerformingArts.org or call (303) 777-1937

Office Administrative Intern

Ascend Performing Arts is looking for a motivated, energetic person to provide general data entry and office support in our Denver home office! Depending upon applicant, flexible office hours may be considered.

The ideal candidate should be energetic with great communication skills. Comfortable with computers (experience with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and QuickBooks). An affinity with music and education a plus. The above job duties represent a small sampling of what you may be asked to do on any given day.

Location

Internships are located at the Ascend Performing Arts office

Ascend Performing Arts
3538 Peoria St
Suite 500
Aurora, CO 80100

Requirements
  • Able to work independently
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Organized, detailed oriented, and a team player
  • Have a positive approach to customer service
  • Be knowledgeable of the performing arts and Ascend Performing Arts mission
Responsibilities
  • Online database entry and upkeep
  • General office support as needed (organizing, filing, etc)
  • Provide customer service phone support
  • Greet visitors to the office
  • Other duties as assigned
Compensation

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

Interested?
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Ken Adams

KEN ADAMS

Mark Arnold is one of the longest-serving Directors in Drum Corps International, serving as Executive Director of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps since 1985 and as CEO of Ascend Performing Arts since 2010.

Under his leadership the Blue Knights organization has developed into one of the premier Drum and Bugle Corps in the history of the activity, recognized Internationally for excellence and innovation in the performing arts. Through the years the Blue Knights has expanded its programing and now serves thousands of young musicians and performers annually in multiple performing ensembles, events and educational programs under the umbrella of the Ascend Performing Arts.

In addition to shaping the course of Ascend Performing Arts, Mark also has played an integral role in the ongoing development and successes of Drum Corps International as a collective. He served as chairman of the DCI Board of Directors in 1994 and again from 2008 to 2013. Mark was honored as Corps Director of the Year in 2004, and was the inaugural recipient of the George Bonfiglio Chairman’s Award at the 2012 DCI World Championships, which is given to an individual each year who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and service on behalf of DCI and its performing drum corps.  Mark was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Blue Knights Hall of Fame in 2019.

Prior to his position with the Blue Knights, Mark was the Assistant Director of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1978 through 1983, serving alongside Director Jim Jones, one of the founders of Drum Corps International and an inaugural member of the DCI Hall of Fame.  Mr. Arnold has a degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and taught High School Music in Wyoming and Nebraska from 1979 through 1985.
Mark Arnold

MARK ARNOLD

Scott Factor has served on the Ascend Performing Arts Board from 2012 to 2018 as a voting member in various positions including Vice-Chairman. Since 2019 my role has been in an Advisory position.

Outside of Ascend Performing Arts i am Senior Account Executive for Baxter HealthCare.
Scott Factor

SCOTT FACTOR

I am currently an Ascend Board Member-at-Large.  I have been a volunteer with the Blue Knights since 2013.  I have been serving on the BoD since 2019.  I retired from the United States Postal Service in 2010.  Although I have never marched drum corps I am an avid fan of the activity and thoroughly support our members in any way that I can.  “We Go On”!!! 

Neil Corvino

NEIL CORVINO

Board member Kathy Black is an attorney in New Mexico practicing as a full-time litigator focused on employment and civil rights defense. She came to the law as a second career after twenty-five years in high tech with NCR Corporation, doing everything from operating systems programming to Vice President positions in engineering, customer services, and sales. She earned her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and her BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Black is active as a percussionist in the Albuquerque area. Way back in 1978 she marched with the Guardsmen, including at DCI Finals in Denver.  After many years of being just a drum corps fan, she was elected to the Drum Corps International Board of Directors in January 2016 and served on that board until January 2022, including three years as chair. 

Kathy Black

KATHY BLACK

Bryant’s path to the Ascend Board of Directors, which began in 2021 as a member-at-large, traces back to his childhood. Watching the Reading Buccaneers senior drum corps practice near his grandparents’ home ignited a lifelong passion, and a student of all thing’s percussion.

Years later a family move to Colorado provided Bryant with a platform to display his passion, both on the stage with the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Percussion Ensemble and on the field as a snare drummer with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps until his age-out year in 1984.

In his professional career as the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at Yokohama Tire Co., Bryant credits the principles instilled by the marching arts and years on tour for his success. On a personal level, the arts played an even larger role, where Bryant met his wife, Stephanie. The Rankin’s currently make their home in South Carolina, enjoying time with their grown children, two incredible grandchildren, and their beloved brown lab, Zoey.
Bryant Rankin

BRYANT RANKIN

Retired, Director, Office of Research and Analysis, Colorado Department of Revenue Ms. Archibeque served 26 years in the area of statistical analysis for the Colorado Department of Revenue and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Her skills in this area assist the board in developing a strategy for statistical analysis in the area of program evaluation. She has also been a significant volunteer managing and working with volunteers for the organization and will assist the board in understanding the complex nature of the organization. Her personal experiences as a minority and female can inform and promote a more inclusive environment and agenda for the projects that the board supports.

Janet Archibeque

JANET ARCHIBEQUE

Rob Batchelder was appointed to the Ascend Performing Arts Board of Directors in May 2023, and currently serves as Vice Chair. As a member of the Senior Foreign Service, Rob has represented the United States overseas in India, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Namibia during a diplomatic career spanning nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Managing Director for Visa Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, DC. Rob marched in the Blue Knights hornline in 1987 and 1988, and he was Drum Major in 1989. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia, but his heart still yearns for Colorado.

Rob Batchelder

Rob BATCHELDER