Program Assistant, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

RaviniaHighland Park, IL
Unpaid Internship

6 months ago


Job Title

Program Assistant - Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Job Location

Greater Chicago Area

Job Overview

Ravinia Festival is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join its summer music program, the Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI). As a Program Assistant, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to festival and performance production while building relationships with talented fellows and renowned faculty. This position is highly coveted, and previous RSMI employees have gone on to obtain full-time employment with major arts organizations.


  • Hourly rate: $16
  • Weekly hours: 25 to 45 hours (with opportunity for overtime)
  • Possibility for internship course credit
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Some meals provided throughout the summer


As a Program Assistant, your responsibilities will include:

  • Artist transportation & hospitality
  • Responding to and prioritizing artist requests
  • Meal orders and pick-up
  • Rehearsal video and audio recording and processing (no experience required)
  • Master class and concert stage management and backstage duties
  • Master class and concert program production
  • Maintaining building organization & inventory
  • Monitoring upkeep on Ravinia-owned houses
  • Administrative support
  • Special projects working individually and as part of a team
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to following instructions and procedures accurately; detail-oriented
  • Flexibility and creativity in the face of challenges
  • Punctuality and ability to work outside of normal business hours
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office and superior word-processing skills
  • Clean driving record
  • Must have or be able to establish either a permanent or summer residence in the greater Chicago area

Ideal candidates may also have:

  • Excellent customer service or residence assistant experience
  • Knowledge of the musical repertoire studied at RSMI, particularly instrumental chamber music and art song
  • Knowledge of sound and/or video recording
  • Stage management and lighting experience
  • Knowledge of Chicago attractions, roadways, and public transportation

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Highland Park, IL | $4,214/mo

  • Housing/Rent$2,264

  • Miscellaneous$909

  • Food$439

  • Transportation$328

  • Utilities$274


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