Arts Administration, Internship

The Lakes Area Music Festival is a year round music performance and education organization located in Brainerd, MN. The central activities of the organization occur during the summer festival season in July and August. LAMF is hiring an Arts Administration Intern to support the organizations’ activities during in the summer of 2024, including concert production, personnel management of 250 artists, fundraising and marketing, and more. This position works closely with and reports to the Artistic and Executive Director, Scott Lykins.


Period of internship: June 1 to August 31, 2024 (start and end dates flexible)

Hours: 40 hours per week

Compensation: $14 per hour. Travel stipend and local host accommodations provided. Intern will need their own car and computer.

Location: On location in Brainerd, MN June 1 to August 20, housing provided.

*Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student, or recent (Spring 2024) graduate in order to be eligible. This internship may be eligible for course credit for your degree; inquire with your school directly for more information.


Primary Duties

  • Concert Production
    • Assist with both front of house and back of house staff at over 50 events over six weeks
    • Help develop run of show and key messaging for mainstage performances
  • Personnel Management
    • Work with Executive Director, travel agent, housing coordinator, and lunch committee in organization of travel and hospitality for 250 visiting artists
    • Assist creating and submitting payment spreadsheets for artists' payment, and distribution of payment
    • Act as artist liaison for certain guest artists, soloists, and ensembles
  • Administration
    • Assist the Executive Director in multi-department management of tasks leading up to, and during, the festival season
    • Assist with the development of complex scheduling, including master schedule of instrumental, vocal, education, and other programs
    • Attend and present at community events on behalf of the organization
    • Answer office phone and emails from audience on a daily basis
    • Support fundraising and marketing activities alongside other staff
    • Help organize engagement of the Board of Directors in various meetings and activities


Competencies Required

  • General computer competency and comfort learning new software.
  • Basic knowledge and experience with: Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Comfort interacting with various constituencies, including audiences and artists.
  • Basic writing and editing skills.


Skills Developed

  • Understanding and experience with with all aspects of nonprofit and concert management
  • Experience in all areas of front of house and back of house concert production
  • Improved written and verbal (one-on-one and public speaking) communication


To apply please send your cover letter and resume to Scott Lykins, Artistic & Executive Director:

Please note: LAMF is also hiring a Development & Communications intern for summer 2024. If you are interested in being considered for either or both internship positions please note that in your cover letter.