PIAF Internships


At the edge of Australia, at the edge of the world, our lifestyle, our environment, our history provides us with a singularly distinctive outlook on how we celebrate creativity and culture — and embrace the very best that humanity has to offer from anywhere on the planet. Every summer since 1953 Perth Festival bursts into life with music, dance, stories, conversations and laughter. Bright and bold and refreshingly down-to-earth, our Festival is made for locals — but we invite everyone to jump in, and experience art in a different light.

The Festival offers a range of internship opportunities for students to get involved. On placement, students can expect to be involved in meaningful work and also gain valuable learning which will be acquired through workplace experience of the operations.


  • These internships are highly competitive and are available to currently enrolled tertiary level students.
  • Priority is given to students enrolled in relevant courses  and in particular to those students for whom an internship is a course requirement.
  • Preference is given to students enrolled in educational institutions in Western Australia.
  • Each application will be assessed on its merits.
  • Successful applicants will be interviewed to further determine their suitability.
  • To be considered for an Internship  Placement this completed form and your two attachments must be emailed to humanresources@perthfestival.com.au before the closing date listed in the call for applicants
  • Attachments:
    • Your one page CV addressing selection criteria
    • Your  Academic Transcript
    • Your completed Internship Application Form


 We are currently seeking:

Education Program Internships (Multiple Positions available)

We are offering an outstanding opportunity for enthusiastic students, arts workers or recent graduates to intern or complete their secondment with the Festival from October 2017 to April 2018 (negotiable).

Education interns will work closely with the Festival’s Education Manager and will assist her and the programming and marketing teams in delivering the 2018 Festival Education Program. The areas they will be exposed to may include (but will not be limited to) Education Resource Packs, scheduling, tracking and lists using Datafest and Tessitura, event specific Education Programs, collaboration across stakeholder organisations including the Education Department and program reporting requirements.

Internship (unpaid):  Time commitment negotiable  

Start date:                  Negotiable across the period October 2017 – April 2018


Educational and professional outcomes:

Interns will develop:

  • Knowledge of education programming within an arts festival context
  • Understanding of links between arts practice and the Western Australian curriculum
  • Understanding of commonly used arts / event systems including Datafest and Tessitura
  • Understanding of cross departmental relationships between marketing, communications and development and their relationship to arts programming and production delivery
  • Practical arts administration skills in a festival environment
  • Exposure to relevant visiting artist / program protocols within schools


Selection criteria:

  • Enrolment in or recent graduation from a degree in Arts Management or Education OR arts workers / artists interested in broadening their understanding of education programming
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to respond calmly, exercise initiative and act decisively in stressful situations
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work to deadlines and in a demanding environment
  • Strong computing skills and attention to detail
  • Good writing skills for a range of audiences
  • Knowledge of a variety of art forms


If this sounds like the perfect learning opportunity for you, please forward your CV and cover letter via email to humanresources@perthfestival.com.au by 4 September 2017.

If you have any further questions regarding this role, please contact Jessica Blackwell, HR & Governance Manager on 6488 8622.

Include honours and majors applicable
*Please note that is not a requirement for placements.