Careers

Current Openings

Interested in working with us? Apply using the form below, and include your desired start date and internship length in your cover letter.

All ACO employees, contractors, board members, guest artists, and participants are asked to sign this code of conduct and will be held accountable to it at all times.

Internships

ACO has paid internships available year-round, with flexible start dates and terms.

Internships are an opportunity to build a results-driven professional portfolio, build key skills, and widen your network – all while advancing ACO’s mission. We are happy to partner with your educational institution if you are interested in receiving college credit for your internship experience.

In conversation with staff, each intern will create a capstone project that the intern can take into their portfolio for future job searches. Previous internship projects have contributed meaningfully to ACO’s artistic programming and productions, educational initiatives, archive of commissioned works and recordings, and composer database.

Composer Advancement and Diversity Intern

6-12 hrs/week over the course of 12-14 weeks (January-June) 

Compensation: $15/hour

Work days/hours are flexible. Candidates are not required to be based in the New York City area. Intern will work closely with the Director of Artist Equity and Program Manager. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Issue guest artists’ and composers’ contracts; manage travel logistics and communications
  • Assist the Development Director by providing artistic program data required for grant proposal renewals and reporting
  • Support recruitment efforts by creating promotional materials and processing applications
  • Assist with on-site production for all public artistic programs and EarShot NYC New Music Readings, including supervising venue-side production staff and part-time labor as required
  • Support Operations and Production Manager with production logistics for concert and rehearsal venues, including prospecting, scheduling, equipment needs, dressing room space, technical capabilities, and safety protocols
  • Collect and distribute guest artist and composer headshots, bios, and program notes
  • In collaboration with the Development team, monitor ticket sales for concerts and events 
  • Assist the Operations and Production Manager to provide on-site production support for the annual gala and other cultivation events
  • Support program assessment with survey creation, dissemination, and analysis for emerging composer programs and all online programming 

Development Intern

6-12 hrs/week over the course of 12-14 weeks (January-June) 

Compensation: $15/hour

Work days/hours are flexible. Candidates should be based in the New York City area to support and attend events. Intern will work closely with the Director of Development & Communications. 

American Composers Orchestra seeks a Development Intern interested in learning more about nonprofit arts fundraising in a hands-on and highly collaborative setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Process all contributions and maintain ACO’s donor database using Network for Good
  • Prepare donor acknowledgements, cultivation and stewardship materials
  • Assist with prospect research using iWave PRO
  • Draft board reports and materials
  • Assist with special events, including pre and post-concert receptions, Commission Club events, and other cultivation events throughout the season
  • Work with Director of Development to manage mailing lists and the timely mailing of invitations
  • Assist with scheduling donor meetings
  • Assist with preparing materials for board and committee meetings

Marketing and Social Media Intern

6-12 hrs/week over the course of 12-14 weeks (January-June) 

Compensation: $15/hour

Work days/hours are flexible. Candidates are not required to be based in the New York City area. Intern will work closely with the Director of Development & Communications. 

American Composers Orchestra seeks a Marketing & Social Media Intern interested in gaining experience with nonprofit arts communications in a hands-on and highly collaborative setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage website updates
  • Draft, design, and send email campaigns
  • Use Canva to design graphics for web/email/socials
  • Edit concert programs
  • Manage social media accounts, including:
    • Create/post  new content
    • Edit audio/video media for posting on socials
    • Brainstorm social media campaign ideas
    • Monitor ACO’s active social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    • Analyze analytics to gauge the success of campaigns
    • Assist in creating streams of content to serve ACO’s defined audience personas
  • Learn and becomes proficient on internal software systems
  • Assist in creating reports on engagement with social media, email, and website content

Artistic Programming Intern

15 to 20 hours per week (January-June)

$15/hour compensation

Work days/hours are flexible. Candidates are required to be based in the New York City area. Intern will work closely with the Operations and Production Manager. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist Operations and Production Manager with production tasks including:
    • Drafting artist agreements
    • Scheduling meetings
    • Liaising with guest artists/conductors
    • Acting as a production assistant at rehearsals, performances and special events
    • Track compliance of health and safety protocols at rehearsals
  • Assist Artistic Director and Operations and Production Manager with venue and programming research, including:
    • Site visits
    • Contacting venues to secure availability
  • Maintain performance database and history
  • Edit audio/video samples
  • Scan/digitize office archives 

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Our Mission & Vision

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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