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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Employment

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:
 

WAGE PAYROLL POSITIONS

Events Office Assistants

Contact Aimee Crihfield with questions.

Assist with daily office work. Computer skills are 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 are required.

All events office assistant positions are currently filled.
 

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 are required.

Apply for this position.
 

Stage Crew

Contact Tom Hesketh with questions.

These positions are responsible for the immediate production needs of artists and presenters who use production management services. Scheduling is event-driven and no regularly scheduled hours or shifts are available. Applicants are required to have at least one weekday morning or afternoon free of other commitments, as well as frequent evening and weekend availability. The position requires frequent physical labor and the ability to follow directions and successfully work as a member of a team. If you are a student, please include your class schedule (class times only) in lieu of a cover letter when applying. Positions will remain open and applications will be reviewed as the need warrants. Please be aware that we continue to hire stage crew personnel throughout the school year, so an immediate application, while encouraged, is not necessary.

Apply for this position.
 

WORK STUDY POSITIONS

Arts Ticket Center Assistants

Contact Joi McKenzie with questions.

Responsibilities include selling tickets, answering phones, and other general office duties. Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to work in a multitask environment. Some evening and weekend hours are required, but flexible daytime hours offer a balance between classes and work. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. All students, please include your class schedule (class times only) in lieu of a cover letter when applying. Positions are available at both the Eisenhower Auditorium and Downtown Theatre box offices.

A Federal Work-Study Program grant is necessary for employment. You must have confirmation of a work-study grant to apply.

Apply for this position.
 

Community Service

Contact Medora Ebersole with questions.

Work with the community and education programs manager for up to 10 hours per week including occasional weekend and evening hours on the design and execution of varied activities and established programs inspired by the performances on our season in order to benefit the community, promote social responsibility, and enhance educational experiences for pre-K through 12. Written and verbal communication skills and the ability to lift 35 lbs is required. Please include your class schedule (class times only) with your application.

A Federal Work-Study Program grant is necessary for employment. You must have confirmation of a work-study grant to apply. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you to determine your eligibility.

Apply for this position.
 

Event Planning Internship

Contact Hope Falk with questions.

The Center for the Performing Arts is looking for an event planning intern to assist the Student Engagement Manager in co-producing arts programs. These events include but are not limited to: Mindful Making, which aims to use the arts as a self-care practice, helping students to lead more mindful lives and contributing to their overall wellbeing; CPA engagement activities - connection students to performances through the creation of events that provide a personal point of connection to the shows; and IllumiNATION, the Center's new parade initiative. Scheduling is event-driven with a maximum of 10 hours a week.

A Federal Work-Study Program grant is necessary for employment. You must have confirmation of a work-study grant to apply.

Apply for this position.

 


 

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Pennsylvania Act of 1988 require that crime statistics for Pennsylvania colleges and universities be made available to applicants upon request. Penn State's combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You may obtain this information for the Penn State campus to which you are applying by accessing the website at www.police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports/. A printed copy of the report may be obtained by writing to University Police & Public Safety, The Pennsylvania State University, 161 University Support Building I, University Park, PA 16802 or by calling 814-863-1273.

EEO Is The Law

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 vacancy@psu.edu or 814-865-1387.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.