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 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.

Interns with our Operations/Administration 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, including teachers, administrators, and contractors
  • Planning and executing education events (i.e. All-City/All-Region Guitar, Annual Teacher Summits, etc.). 
  • Creating music or other content for ACG’s classroom curriculum (paired mentorship)
  • Giving guitar lessons to students in Austin ISD (paired mentorship)

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.

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

  • ACG’s staff is currently working remotely and all ACG events are taking place online. While these pandemic-related protocols continue any internship experiences will take place remotely as well. In considering any changes we will prioritize the safety and health of our team and our community above all. We do expect to resume working in shared spaces and hosting in-person events gradually in the coming months, as it becomes safe to do so. As that transition occurs we will work with our Austin-area interns to determine how, if, or when their responsibilities might change. Regardless, at this point, we anticipate continuing to support remote internship opportunities into the foreseeable future.
  • Applicants working remotely will need access to the internet and a computer. We can help with technology requirements if needed.
  • ACG internships are only open to those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. 

Internship Dates and Application Deadlines *

While the timing and length of our internship periods generally align with school semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall), we can be flexible with start/end dates if necessary.

Summer 2021 Internship period: June 7th through August 13th, 2021
Summer 2021 Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Fall 2021 Internship period: August 23rd through December 3rd, 2021
Fall 2021 Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Spring 2022 Internship period: January 17th through May 6th, 2022
Spring 2022 Application deadline: November 15, 2021


How to Apply

Please email a copy of your resume to Salvador Garcia (salvador@austinclassicalguitar.organd fill out the application form below.

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