The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education. Throughout its programs and operations, The College Music Society promotes and ensures equity and opportunity for its members and employees.

Position: CMS Administrative Intern

Location: Remote

Duration: June 2024 - May 2025 (Flexible)

Hours: 10 hours per week

Compensation: $17/hour

Internship Overview:

The College Music Society is excited to announce the opening of a paid Administrative Internship for the 2024-2025 academic year. This internship aims to provide arts administration experience and professional development opportunities to a current student or recent graduate in music, arts administration, or a related field.

This internship is entirely remote, with the exception of on-site engagement at the 2024 CMS National Conference in Washington, DC in November. The suggested start date is June 1, 2024, but is flexible according to the needs of the successful candidate. The CMS Administrative Intern will interface with all members of the CMS Staff and will report directly to the CMS Director of Operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • CMS Conference Assistance: Support the CMS Conference Planner in organizing National, Chapter, and International conferences. Tasks may include program planning, logistics coordination, communication with registrants, and on-site support. The intern should plan to join CMS in person for the 2024 CMS National Conference in Washington, DC. Expenses related to travel and accommodation to the conference will be covered by CMS. 
  • Digital Publishing Support: Collaborate with the CMS Web Specialist and CMS Symposium Editor to compile, edit, and publish the College Music Symposium, CMS’s digital, peer-reviewed academic research journal. 
  • Social Media and Operations Coordination: Work directly with the CMS Director of Operations to create social media content across platforms, contributing to the Society’s digital presence. Additional administrative and operational tasks will be assigned on an as-needed basis in alignment with the intern’s professional development goals. 

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Gain firsthand insights into the workings of an international membership organization with a focus on music in higher education
  • Interface and network with music faculty and students from across the country and internationally
  • Assist in the development, planning, and implementation of professional conferences
  • Engage and collaborate with CMS elected and appointed leadership and gain an understanding of organizational strategic goals

Qualifications of successful candidates:

  • Must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a music, arts administration, or related program
  • Interest in and knowledge of the music field, including familiarity with current trends in academic music, music performance, and/or music research
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a remote environment 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the organization, including staff colleagues, elected leadership, and CMS members


The Administrative Intern will report directly to the Director of Operations but will interface with all members of the CMS Staff (Executive Director, Director of Membership, Director of Information Technology, Web Specialist, and Conference Planner).

Application Process:

To apply, please complete an application via Submittable. 

The Submittable portal will require candidates to submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter that highlights your interest in and preparation for the internship
  2. Resume/CV 
  3. (2) professional references

Please do not submit any application materials through means other than the Submittable job portal linked below.

Questions? Please reach out to Hannah Pearson at [email protected] or call (406)721-9616 and we’ll be happy to help.