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Production Assistant Intern, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Ravinia Festival seeks energetic and dedicated staff for its summer conservatory, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. The Institute offers employees the unique opportunity to participate in many aspects of performance production while developing relationships with the fellows and faculty in residence at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. The fellows are young professional musicians at the beginning of their careers and the faculty includes Ravinia performers and world-renowned musicians. These positions are highly coveted, and many past RSMI employees have gone on to obtain full-time employment with major arts organizations.

More information about Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is available at

Production Assistant is a time-intensive position including work during nights and weekends. This position reports to the Operations Manager of the Institute and works closely with the Administrative Director, Artistic Coordinator and other RSMI staff to perform all aspects of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute’s daily operations, including:
  • Artist transportation
  • Assisting artists with errands
  • Meal orders and pick-up
  • Hospitality for faculty and fellows
  • Rehearsal video and audio recording (no experience necessary)
  • Restocking inventory and general office work
  • Monitoring upkeep on Ravinia-owned houses
  • Stage management and backstage duties during masterclasses and performances
  • Producing concert and masterclass programs
  • Maintaining building organization
  • Responding to and prioritizing artist requests
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills Required:
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Upbeat personality with positive attitude
  • Must follow instructions and procedures accurately; detail-oriented
  • Clean driving record*** (must be submitted with application)
  • Punctuality and ability to work outside of normal business hours
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office and superior word-processing skills
  • Must have or be able to establish either a permanent or summer residence in the greater Chicago area

Ideal candidates will also be able to offer some of the following skills and experience:
  • Knowledge of Chicago attractions, roadways, and public transportation
  • Specific knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent customer service or residence assistant experience
  • Knowledge of sound and/or video recording
  • Stage management and lighting experience
  • Knowledge of the musical repertoire studied at RSMI, particularly instrumental chamber music and art song

Compensation and Perks: $12/hour; thirty to fifty hours per week with opportunity for overtime (paid at time and a half). This internship may be submitted for course credit. Free attendance at most Ravinia concerts. Some meals provided throughout the summer.

Additional Information:
Qualified Applicants must attach:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Current copy of driving record (driving records are generally available at your local Secretary of State or DMV office)