Student Job Opportunities
Gain real-life experience in a true business setting and get a behind-the-scenes look at performing arts productions. Flexible hours are available.
Penn State students are a vital part of the Center for the Performing Arts. Students comprise many of the behind-the-scene employment opportunities. Employment at Penn State is contingent upon a successful background check.
Each academic semester, including the summer, we hire students for:
Arts Ticket Center Assistants
Contact Shannon Arney with questions.
Responsible for processing tickets, assisting with the daily reconciliation of money, producing computer-generated sales reports, and maintaining an arts mailing list. Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to work in a multi-task environment. Flexible hours within the range of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and some evenings/weekends. Ten to fifteen positions available each semester. Work locations include Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Tickets Downtown.
A Federal Work-Study Program grant is necessary for employment.
All ticket center positions are currently filled.
Back-of-House Event Staff
Contact Tom Hesketh with questions.
This part-time position is intended for Penn State students and is responsible for meeting the immediate production needs of venue clients. Duties may include hanging/focusing lighting instruments, setting up audio systems, assembling scenic elements, or wardrobe preparation during load in and load out of performances. Operation of equipment during performances is also required. Job duties include physical labor and occasional lifting. Previous stage crew experience is helpful but not required. Back-of-House Event Staff positions are casual employment; due to the nature of this type of work, regularly scheduled hours are not available. Scheduling for work is dependent on employee availability and event needs. A flexible schedule with the ability to work several consecutive hours during weekdays is required in addition to weekend and evening hours. Completion of a Penn State employment application and submission of a current class schedule is required. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and reviewed as need arises.
Esber Recital Hall Stage Crew
Contact Tom Hesketh with questions.
This part-time position is intended exclusively for Music Performance or Music Education majors within the College of Arts & Architecture.
Responsibilities include setting up, stage managing and striking student, faculty and guest recitals at Esber Recital Hall in Music Building I according to written instructions provided by School of Music faculty and staff. Job duties involve some physical labor and occasional lifting. The ability to work with minimal supervision is essential. Esber crew members will also be expected to work occasionally at Eisenhower and Schwab Auditoriums depending on work availability and event needs.
Esber stagehand positions are casual employment; due to the nature of this type of work, regularly scheduled hours or shifts are not available. Scheduling for work is dependent on employee availability and event needs. Completion of a Penn State employment application is required. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and reviewed as need arises.
Front-of-House Event Staff
Contact Kelly Kaiserian with questions.
This position is casual part-time employment and requires mostly evening and weekend availability. Duties include welcoming and directing patrons, lobby and conference room set-up, scanning tickets, staffing concessions locations, and assisting with volunteer usher management. Successful candidates must be current Penn State students who have or wish to develop excellent communication and customer services skills. Scheduling for work is dependent on employee availability and event needs. Completion of a Penn State employment application and submission of a current class schedule is required.
All front-of-house positions are currently filled.
Events Office Assistants
Contact Aimee Crihfield with questions.
Assist with daily office work, computer skills required. Duties include room set-ups, filing, answering phones, errands and miscellaneous duties. Also, assist in the areas of artist hospitality and activities related to visiting artists and performing arts events. Daytime hours available. Successful candidates must be current Penn State students. Completion of a Penn State employment application and submission of a current class schedule is required.
All events office assistant positions are currently filled.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Talent Acquisition Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-1387.
Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.