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Summer Intern

Play On Philly

What We Do

Play On Philly provides underserved children in Philadelphia a transformative music education experience that develops and inspires the behaviors and personal skills needed for a successful life.

During the school year, we work with our students five afternoons a week in group lessons and large ensembles. During the months of June, July and August, Play On Philly opens its programming to students across the city of Philadelphia for a full-day of music-making fun. Students take a deeper dive into their music-making through choir, theory and chamber music classes. 


Play On Philly Summer Internships

At POP, a summer internship means jumping into the deep end and challenging a system that says ‘only certain students deserve high-level music experiences.’ From day one, interns are paired with teaching artists and given administrative tasks for experiential learning opportunities. Interns are responsible for day-to-day jobs which keep the 6-week summer program running on schedule. Through observation and assisting Teaching Artists and conductors, interns gain invaluable classroom experience in a supportive environment.

While interns spend most of their summer at program, they will have the opportunity to meet and learn from members of the POP administrative staff, participate in dialogue around POP’s values of equity and inclusion and hone their workplace skills. 


Application Timeline

February 21     Summer Internship Application Opens

March 27          Summer Internship Application Closes

Rolling               Select Phone Interviews for Qualified Candidates

April 17             Internship Offers Sent Out

May 1                Internship Responses Due to POP



  • Undergraduate or graduate student interested in music education and social justice (regardless of major)
  • Plays an orchestral instrument proficiently and/or have knowledge of choral singing or piano accompaniment 
  • Strong candidates will possess interpersonal skills, impeccable attention to detail, curiosity for learning new things and a willingness to “pitch in” wherever needed
  • Availability during the following dates:
  1. Internship Orientation Period: June 17-19
  2. Summer Sessions: June 22-July 31st (no program on July 3rd)
  3. Break-down Period: August 3-5


Education Level: 
Undergraduate or graduate student