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These exceptional opportunities will provide motivated candidates with outstanding real-world experience in a variety of exciting disciplines. Interns will work side-by-side with an experienced group of dedicated professionals in a fast-paced, dynamic and fun setting which celebrates the achievement of excellence in the performing arts and in life.


Dates: Summer session positions are from May to mid August 2015 (start and end dates are flexible based on schedule).

Location: Internships are based at the Drum Corps International corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Requirements: Minimum one year of college coursework or related experience, or as otherwise noted on individual positions.

Hours: Summer session internships are full-time (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) and may include substantial weekend hours while traveling to and working at DCI events and the World Championships.

Supervision: Interns will report to assigned supervisors who are a part of the Drum Corps International professional staff. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by senior-level staff members. Periodic evaluations of intern performance will be made by their supervisors in addition to an exit interview which is conducted at the end of the specified internship period.

Compensation: Internships offer tremendous experience in a variety of areas of interest to prospective candidates. Summer interns will receive an expense per-diem of $200 weekly. Depending on the position, interns may have the opportunity to travel and be involved extensively with off-site Drum Corps International events and the annual World Championships, during which travel and related expenses will be covered.

Housing: Selected candidates will be required to relocate to Indianapolis, IN for the duration of the internship period. Drum Corps International will assist in the identification of housing options for the intern class of 2015, and will assist in organizing apartment sharing with other interns to keep costs to a minimum should interest warrant. Interns will be listed as the legal leaseholders and will take full responsibility for the care of the housing location for the entirety of their internship assignment.

Ground transportation to and from the DCI office as well as transportation to and from the airport for field assignments will be the responsibility of the intern. Several of our previous interns have traveled to our Indianapolis headquarters using their own vehicles and have typically made daily carpool arrangements to and from the office.

Submissions: Submit cover letter and resume electronically via e-mail to internship@dci.org. Include the position you are applying for in the subject line and in your cover letter along with your schedule availability. Application deadline is Wednesday, February 11.

Selection: Selected applicants will be interviewed by phone and/or in-person. Applicants should be notified of their application status by mid-April.


Summer Session Internships — May through August, 2015
Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 11

Special Project Event Management Intern
Drum Corps International announces a unique internship opportunity for an exceptional candidate with a background and interest in arts administration, music education and/or event management. A special project grant awarded to DCI in 2012 has created the remarkable internship opportunity for an individual who is self-motivated, well-spoken and who possesses excellent event planning and management skills. The ideal candidate will be able to successfully manage a variety of tasks with strict deadlines. This internship will provide an excellent and substantial addition to a portfolio for a college student seeking career experience in the above-listed fields. DCI is poised to move quickly through the interviewing and selection phases and the intern can begin project work as soon as possible, even while completing spring semester coursework, if suitable. Early May relocation to our Indianapolis office is required.

Information Technology Intern
Assists Drum Corps International’s IT and web development teams utilizing a variety of technologies from credit card machines to backend video platforms, e-mail to SQL, online media to offline data management, and more. Intern will have the opportunity to hone troubleshooting skills while problem-solving and creating more efficient ways of conducting business.  Candidates should be familiar with Windows and Mac operating systems, possess strong technical abilities, be able to work in changing fast-paced environments, and have a positive attitude. Intern will gain an understanding of how to run media platforms and maintain the needs of an internal IT department.  Media experience, including online video and audio is not required, but recommended. Multiple positions available.

Event Operations Intern
Assists the Drum Corps International Event Team with producing DCI's Premier Event series and week-long World Championships. Ideal candidate will have a background and interest in the event management and/or hospitality industry. Intern will assist the team with operations and travel related tasks such as organizing event and travel logistics, preparing event and travel materials, and assisting with event operations on-site, hospitality, and volunteer management. Applicant must be a detail oriented, self-motivated, self-starter, that is able to handle stressful situations while on-site at events and meet deadlines on a daily basis. Intern will have an outstanding opportunity to gain substantial, world-class event management experience.

Communications Intern
Develops journalistic and social media content for the official Drum Corps International website (DCI.org), social media platforms, and various print publications. Content will be related to events, participating drum corps units and their members, and other topics as assigned. Intern will have the opportunity to interview and report on high-profile people and events within the Drum Corps International realm while working under strict deadlines. Ideal candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as an interest and background in copy editing, photography and layout experience. Experience or course work in news writing and reporting and the various disciplines of marketing/communications is a plus. Intern will have an outstanding opportunity to hone real-world communications skills and to add significant weight to his/her clippings file and portfolio of published material.

Public Relations Intern
Provides support to the marketing communications department, including assisting promotions and events teams on an as-needed basis. Intern will assist with the compilation of daily news clippings, create press credentials, serve in a supporting role with media inquiries and provide assistance to public relations staff at Drum Corps International Premier Events and the World Championships. In addition, the intern will contribute to writing projects including news content posted on the DCI.org website on an as-needed basis. Intern will have an outstanding opportunity to hone real-world public relations skills and to add significant weight to his/her portfolio of published material. Role requires intern to be comfortable with his/her writing skills, ability to speak to people in a friendly manner, work under strict deadlines and assist with setup and tear-down of events.

Marketing/Promotions Intern
Assists the DCI Sales and Marketing Team with event related tasks both in the office during the work week and on site at DCI Premier Events and the World Championships. In the office intern will support a variety projects including those relating to DCI's group experience program and ticket sales, sponsor fulfillment and proof of performance, and social media and online promotions. Intern will help with the setup and teardown of events, assist with live learning event workshops, and have the opportunity to handle fan giveaways and special promotions, among other assigned tasks. General requirements include weekend travel, some physical labor and general office computer skills. Great communication and people skills are a must. Background in entertainment and music a plus but not required.

Photography Intern
Acts as a photojournalist at and around Drum Corps International competitive events and other functions as assigned, including some studio work shooting merchandise products. Intern will have full media credentials and have the opportunity to work with Drum Corps International professional staff photographers. This intern will be responsible for cataloguing and keywording all images captured throughout the summer. Candidate should have a keen eye for sports-related photography and strong skills with digital SLR cameras and editing in Adobe Photoshop. Intern will be asked to produce photo galleries and audio/visual content for the high-traffic Drum Corps International website (DCI.org) and other print and digital media. Intern will have an outstanding opportunity to hone real-world photo journalistic skills and add significant weight to his/her portfolio of published material.

Video Production Intern
Creates and executes high-end video productions including digital effects, motion graphics and editing for Drum Corps International Internet marketing communications. Intern will be involved with creative and pre-production, lighting, editing, as well as some aspects of coordination, planning and executing video shoots. Ideal candidate will have experience with Final Cut Pro or other non-linear editing software and will work in conjunction with other video shooters and producers while providing journalistic coverage of competitive events. Intern will have an outstanding opportunity to hone real-world video production skills and add significant weight to his/her portfolio reel.

Ticketing Intern
Intern will have the opportunity to develop skills related to the planning and execution of Drum Corps International operational procedures and processes including event ticket sales, on-site box office management and office administration. Applicants should be self-motivated to meet deadlines on a daily basis, while interacting extensively with customers and staff. Hands on experiences will center on assisting staff members with setting up and closing box offices, cash handling, processing ticket orders in ShoWare and Ticketmaster, providing excellent customer service, printing and distributing tickets, and other related tasks. Office administration duties may include but are not limited to; assistance with coordination of music licensing documents and filing, the Friends of DCI scholarship project, and on-site assistance at the DCI World Championships. Experience with Microsoft Office and experience in a customer service role is preferred, box office experience would be beneficial.

Merchandise Intern
Assist the merchandise department with the operation of the DCI merchandise store on-site at Drum Corps International events. Intern will gain experience in merchandise management, visual merchandising, web store management, financial planning, and product development and design. The Merchandise Intern will be responsible for the setup and teardown of the merchandise store, customer service, cash handling, and assist in the development of the World Championship product line. Applicant must be a self starter with the ability to work independently and manage customer service onsite solutions. Heavy lifting and travel will be required.


Drum Corps International, Inc. (DCI) has operated for more than 40 years as a non-profit sanctioning association and event promotions organization focused on servicing the world's most elite and exclusive marching musical organizations – commonly known as competitive drum and bugle corps. The worldwide popularity and influence of Drum Corps International and its member organizations continues to grow.

As a youth activity, the world of competitive drum and bugle corps is an intense, choreographed musical experience staged on football stadium fields by students achieving high levels of excellence in performance. Through the drum and bugle corps experience, young people develop life skills including self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.

Drum Corps International contracts more than 100 tour events throughout North America and directly produces its series of Premier Events as part of an eight-week, summer-long tour culminating with the annual World Championships in August. The performers engaged in the drum and bugle corps experience are both musicians and athletes, and their performances rival the levels of excellence achieved by Olympians. Through their achievements in marching music, Drum Corps International participants are considered to be "the standard of excellence" for high school and college marching bands throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Overall event-wide attendance exceeds 360,000 audience members each year. The Drum Corps International World Championships have enjoyed 30 years of television broadcasts with estimated viewing audiences of more than one million people each year.

Drum Corps International is a non-profit corporation, as specified under IRS 501(c)(3) and is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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