Melbourne Fringe runs an annual internship program as a part of our broader Artist & Sector Development program. We provide valuable entry-level training opportunities which are supported by experienced staff and bolstered by a diverse and engaging Festival experience. There are a limited number of internships offered each year at Melbourne Fringe across a range of areas.
Internships are offered in arts management, marketing, partnerships, publicity, exhibitions, communication and various production roles.
Some internships are all year round and others are only for the delivery period of the Festival. Internships are unpaid and are often taken up by students who wish to develop skills and gain experience at a festival in order to supplement their studies and enhance their employment options. While an internship can enhance your current studies, it can also refocus your career if you're not currently enrolled in a course of study.
How Internships work
Internships are for a minimum of 4 months and are no less than 2 days per week. Interns are able to extend their internship for up to a year and can commit to more days per week, but we cannot offer internships for a smaller time commitment than this minimum.
Interns who are able to commit a significant level of time to the internship are likely to have a better learning experience and gain a broader range of skills. Interns are asked to complete specific roles and the most interesting are always the most time-consuming. For this reason, Melbourne Fringe gives preference to appropriate interns who can make a time commitment over and above the minimum requested.
The days you work must be the same for the duration of the contract and will be set in consultation with Melbourne Fringe (please note that these days are fixed, so as to ensure that space and a computer is available for each intern, and are not negotiable).
Expectations – we ask you to look on this as a real job (even though it is not paid). An internship is a structured learning opportunity, and you'll get the most out of it if it really is the best career development step for you right now.