Intern Positions: Up to 4 intern positions are available with some working primarily in the office and others working primarily at the festival facility location.
Time Frame and Stipend: Interns provide a minimum of 25 hrs./week and receive $120/ wk. stipend. A typical
12-week program starts May 15 and goes through August 15. There is some flexibility in the length of internship. There are also some shorter festival internships available for several weeks around the festival.
Housing: Housing is available in a 3 bedroom house at the Blissfest Farm. Private or Semi-private room with shared kitchen and bath. Interns pay $50/mo. for utilities. Garden space available.
The Blissfest is a year round non-profit cultural arts organization that provides a variety of music, dance and cultural heritage experiences for visitors and local residents in northern Michigan. The main program service and fundraiser for the Blissfest is its annual Folk, Roots and World Music Festival in mid-July every year. The Blissfest Festival started in1981 and today attracts over 5,000 people daily for a weekend of arts emersion, camping, and community. Blissfest also produces concerts, dances and outreach programs throughout the year in the Petoskey– Harbor Springs area. In addition, the organization is developing the Blissfest Arts Recreation Center at its facility which will expand programming there to a full summer of small group activities using a sustainable tourism model. The intern position is available to students and retired adults with an interest in the mission of the organization. Position requires reliable transportation.
The intern position is geared to helping students or retirees develop a variety of skills involved in the planning, production, and management of cultural events especially our premiere weekend music festival and smaller public and private events. The position also provides experience in non-profit organization management and operations. There are also opportunities for a facilities and campground management experience especially for those wanting to participate at the facility or students interested in recreation management.
Job Description: The position can be tailored somewhat to the needs and interests of the participants. For example, some students may want to do more administrative, planning and office work while others want more hands on facilities projects and programming work. Many like to do a combination of both office and site work.
Examples of Office Administration and Production work: ticket sales and management, distribution of marketing materials, mailings, advertising follow-up, filing, membership management, artist liaison, participation in committee meetings, volunteer management etc.
Examples of Facility Management Task: Supervising volunteers, supply inventory and ordering, equipment inventory and repair projects, agricultural crop management and farm market sales, site layout and setup, building project support, construction management support, event monitoring, festival site planning and site committee work.
Mission: The Blissfest Music Organization’s mission is to preserve traditions and promote innovators of American and world music, arts and sustainable living through performance, education and community participation.