2024 Internship opportunities

The Cork International Choral Festival is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated candidates for the 69th edition! We are looking for passionate…

Michela Del Tin
28 September 2023

The Cork International Choral Festival is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated candidates for the 69th edition!

We are looking for passionate candidates who are keen to establish a career in the festivals and music events industry. The internship positions are available for the period January-May 2024.

What you will learn and be a part of

This is a great opportunity to be fully involved from the outset with the production of a well-established and exciting festival, and advance your existing creative skills by working with the Festival Team on a range of projects across media and platforms.

You will learn the basic fundamentals of festival events during the months leading up to the Cork International Choral Festival and you will be exposed to the management of all logistical needs of festival events including, but not limited to, box office, entertainment, catering, signage, audio/visual, merchandise, etc.

The internship will involve pre-production planning and general administrative tasks (including handling phone calls and email inquiries), content creation for our website and social media accounts, copywriting, proofreading, designing the festival programme booklet, and creating posters, flyers and online adverts. During the Festival days, you will be required to work on-site at our events (concerts, workshops, rehearsals) at different locations across Cork City and County, including working on marketing research/audience survey administration.

Your strengths and interests include
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Some experience with Canva and the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) is a plus
  • A quick-thinking, self-starter with the ability to multitask and willingness to take on projects
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest and knowledge about the festival scene and/or choral music
  • Interest and some knowledge of digital marketing and social media
  • Aware of the ‘all-hands on deck’ attitude required when working at events
  • Strong interpersonal skills
About the Internship

Internship starting between the 22nd and 29th of January, and concluding in mid May. Part-time hours from 9am-1pm in January and February, transitioning to full-time from March (9am-1pm & 2pm-5:30pm) + increased hours during festival days (1st - 5th May 2024, schedule to be agreed). We are open to discussing alternative work schedules, hours, and start/end dates for the ideal candidate.

The internship will take place in a hybrid form – online and at the office, depending on the work involved and the office's needs. The candidate is required to be in Cork for the duration of the internship. Our offices are in Civic Trust House on 50 Pope Quays, Cork.
Online communication tools (VoIP/web conferencing platforms, chats, knowledge repositories, etc.) are in place to ensure that work can be carried out as a team and that the candidate receives appropriate and timely support and feedback. Use of own laptop and internet connection required.

This is an unpaid internship.

To Apply

Please submit an application form available at the bottom of the page by 30th November 2023.

About us

Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May in venues across the city, centering around the City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. It is one of Europe’s premier international choral festivals and is noted for its high competitive standards, excellent organisation, and the friendliness of its welcome. Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs also have an opportunity to perform non-competitively in a range of Festival activities presented over the weekend, including Fringe concerts, church and informal performances. Their presence gives audiences and Irish choirs the unique opportunity of attending a diverse range of concerts and competitive sessions while in Cork. As well as foreign choirs, the Festival annually features up to 100 Adult, Youth and School choirs who participate in National Competitions. Overall the Festival attracts some 5,000 participants. The festival continues to ensure that choral music, representative of many historical and cultural traditions, is brought to the people of Cork and the many visitors who travel to the city for the event.


If you require further information, please email: [email protected]

Internship application form

Internship application form

Thank you for your interest in the internship position at the Cork International Choral Festival!

We would like to know a little more about you.

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English language requirement

Computer skills

Cork International Choral Festival

Bringing Cork to Life With Song Since 1954

01 May ~ 05 May, 2024