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Internships at the NFA

NFA internships are a great opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain valuable experience in arts nonprofit administration. The NFA offers a fun, supportive environment for interns to build skills and explore career opportunities in the music world and beyond.

The NFA offers two internship programs: office internships and convention internships.

Office Internships

Office internships are available year-round, and students may apply at any time. Flute students are especially encouraged to apply. However, study of the flute is not a requirement to obtain an office internship. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours per week at the Chicago office, which is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, close to several public transportation options. These internships typically run 10 weeks. Hours are flexible and internships can be extended. Summer office interns are given priority consideration for convention internships.

Office interns will gain hands-on experience in a variety of key areas, including member services, convention planning, marketing, archival research, and publishing.

Interns should be hard working, detail oriented, and have a positive attitude. Strong interpersonal communication, writing, editing, research, and organizational skills are required. Candidates should have proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, internet research, and social media, as well as the ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage time while accomplishing multiple tasks.


“What made my internship so fantastic was how fulfilling it was to be so closely involved with the workings of the NFA. My time with the NFA was truly a fun experience, and I’m so glad I had the chance to contribute to the organization!” –Lisa Meyerhofer


"Being an intern at the NFA convention this past summer was extremely fun and educational. Working with the administration and seeing what goes on behind the scenes was a very valuable experience to have as a flute player, especially because of the connections I was able to make. Overall, I had an absolute blast, and encourage interested flutists to apply!" –Alexandria Hoffman


"The people I met at the convention were my favorite part of my experience as an intern. Had I not done the Convention Internship I would not have had such a great opportunity to network with other flutists who are studying at university or with world-class flutists and professors...If you are an aspiring flutist (as a performer or educator), I wholeheartedly recommend applying to become a convention intern."

How to apply for an office internship

To apply, please submit your resume, a recommendation letter from a current professor, and a short cover letter telling us your availability, why you are interested in working for the National Flute Association, and what unique talents you will bring to our team to Membership Manager Lilly Mauti at

Convention Internships

Convention internships are available to U.S. or international students who can work at the annual NFA convention. Convention Interns will have the opportunity to learn about the National Flute Association during the four exciting days of the annual convention. The interns will work hands-on with the Equipment Chair, Convention Director, Communications Manager, and Membership Manager and will receive “behind-the-scenes” experience while at the convention. Students will gain valuable work experience while enjoying flute music from around the world.

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students majoring in flute with an emphasis in performance, music education, music theory, music composition, music therapy, music business, or arts administration. Students may be beginning college in the fall of 2020 or may have just graduated in the spring of 2020. They do not need to have attended an NFA convention in the past; they must, however, hold current membership in the National Flute Association. Preference will be given to students who live in the host city, but it is not required that applicants are residents of the state in which the convention is being held. Applications are due April 1. 


1) Convention Interns must be available beginning Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Convention Interns will be on call from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day, however, shifts will be assigned.

2) Applicants must submit an application form, personal statement, resume, and letter of recommendation from their current college flute professor. Letters of recommendation may also be sent directly to Lilly Mauti at

3) Applicants should exhibit an extremely high work ethic as demonstrated by grade point average, letter of recommendation, and work experience.

4) Applicants must have the ability to lift 25 pounds or more.  

All applications must be submitted using the online application no later than April 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified in May.

Final selections will be made after a round of phone or Skype interviews. Applicants will be required to sign a letter of intent and will be provided with regular updates and pertinent information regarding the position.

Additional Information:

Interns WILL be able to attend sessions at the convention; shifts will be assigned to enable students to attend concerts, workshops, and the exhibit hall. However, students who are “on-call” should be available to leave a session if there is an immediate need.

Compensation: Interns will be given complimentary convention registration and housing but will be responsible for all other travel expenses.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain work experience in the field of music; they will get to network with the greatest flutists, composers, and pedagogues from all over the world.

Please send all inquiries to Lilly Mauti at

Please click here for the application form.

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