About the Organization

Austin Classical Guitar’s mission is to inspire individuals in the communities we serve through musical experiences of deep personal significance.

Founded in 1990, Austin Classical Guitar is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to classical guitar in the United States. ACG’s award-winning Artistic Programming ranges from concerts by the some of the world’s greatest guitarists to original productions inspired by our community and our time. Over the past twenty years, ACG Education has transformed school-based guitar education in communities across the US and beyond through curriculum development, teacher training, systems building, and direct services. ACG Music & Healing, a new and rapidly-growing service area, pairs ACG artists with individuals in crisis to use music as a pathway for reflection and personal expression. ACG also promotes Lifelong Learning through guitar classes and community ensembles, including the highly-acclaimed ACG Youth Orchestra. 

You can find more information about ACG here.

We are committed to maintaining a workforce – including staff, interns, and contractors – that is diverse across many lines of difference. We strongly encourage people of color, indigenous people, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply for positions at ACG.

The Opportunity

ACG offers paid internships for pre-college, college, and graduate-level musicians, composers, arts administrators, or individuals interested in learning about and contributing to an arts and social service non-profit.

Internship experiences encompass both day-to-day activities within a specific division of ACG (see below), and in some cases, might involve the completion of a long-term individual project, developed in collaboration with one or more staff member advisors and based on applicants’ goals and interests.

Please note that some of the activities listed may only be available to interns who are on-site.

Interns with our Operations division can get experience: 

  • Managing the day-to-day workings of an arts non-profit
  • Keeping track of organizational finances
  • Managing inventories of guitars, equipment/supplies, and other materials
  • Preparing contracts and other agreements with artists and vendors

Interns with our Development division can get experience:

  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with donors/patrons
  • Planning and executing fundraising campaigns and events
  • Researching new grant opportunities
  • Completing grant applications and reports 

Interns with our Education division can get experience:

  • Maintaining relationships with ACG’s education partners
  • Planning and executing education events
  • Creating music or other content for ACG’s classroom curriculum
  • Giving individual lessons to guitar students in local schools
  • Working with ACG Music & Healing artists and clients

Interns with our Production division can get experience in:

  • Stage management and technical direction for events
  • Patron and front of house relationship for concerts
  • Pre-production on all aspects of events and concerts
  • Artist relations

*Please note this internship is event based and one-month long in the summers or year-long through the Fall/Spring*

Interns with our Communications division can gain experience:

  • Developing Arts Marketing Strategy and stories
  • Interdepartmental and community partner collaborations
  • Gathering and storing of media assets
  • Conducting interviews
  • Copy writing and multi-platform dissemination

Qualifications/What we expect from our interns

  • Some working knowledge of music, education, development, and/or arts administration is helpful, though not required.
  • Organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and complete time-sensitive assignments.
  • Comfort interfacing with community members, contractors, board members, and other contacts.
  • A commitment to learning and personal growth through the internship experience.

What we provide/compensation

  • Mentorship and training from ACG staff members.
  • Minimum of 4 hours of paid work each week with the potential for more.
  • School credit if applicable. 
  • Compensation is based on education level and professional experience: Non-degree holders/Students in School – $18/hr, Bachelor’s Degree holders OR equivalent professional experience- $20/hr, Master’s Degree and Beyond OR equivalent professional experience – $22/hr

Additional Details

  • The safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and our community is a top concern for us at ACG. We anticipate working in shared spaces and hosting in-person events. However, at this point, we are committed to supporting remote internship opportunities into the foreseeable future.
  • Applicants working remotely will need reliable access to the internet and a computer. Please let us know if you have concerns.
  • ACG internships are only open to those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. 

Application Deadlines and Internship Dates

  • Applications for all Fall 2023 Internships will close on August 15th, 2023
  • Internship for the Fall 2023 period begin on September 2nd, 2023 and end on December 15th, 2023

Questions? Email Sal at salvador@austinclassicalguitar.org.

Thank you so much for your interest in ACG's Internship program! Applications are now closed. Future Internship dates and application deadlines will be announced soon.