High School Ambassadors

The San Diego Symphony’s High School Ambassadors program provides students across San Diego County with meaningful training and employment experiences in the performing arts field.

High School Ambassadors is a paid summer internship program designed to build college and career readiness. This 2-week program combines training with on-the-job experience for high school students (ages 15 – 18) across San Diego County.

Ambassadors will participate in workshops that include financial literacy, public speaking, resume and interview training, teamwork and arts administration skills. Guest speakers include Symphony staff, musicians and technical crew who share the wide range of career possibilities in the arts and pathways to those careers. On weekends, Ambassadors are employed as members of the Front of House team alongside San Diego Symphony staff and volunteers.

"I learned that I should take any chance, any opportunity for experiences, progression, etc. Say yes, chase [your] dreams." – Nathalie Peña, Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, Class of 2023

"I was unaware of the types of jobs in civic engagement and performing, which is a path I want to take as a career [now]. This program helped me discover that." – Isabela Flores, Point Loma High School, Point Loma, Class of 2024.

What to Expect

  • Participate in professional development workshops during the week and hands-on work with the Front of House team on the weekend.
  • Become part of a network of high school leaders in San Diego County.
  • Discover the numerous career possibilities in the performing arts field while building your resume.
  • Experience live music and connect with San Diego Symphony musicians.

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2024: Application deadline 
  • June 17 –June 29, 2024: Cohort 1
  • July 8 – July 20, 2024: Cohort 2

Who Should Apply?

  • High school students in grades 9–12 (between the ages of 15- 18); graduating seniors are eligible to participate.
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Those that are interested in music, future careers in the arts, and who love to work with a wide range of people.

What is the Compensation?

  • Ambassadors will earn $16.85 per hour.
  • Benefits include: professional development training, complimentary tickets, networking opportunities, connection with artists.

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Our 2023 High School Ambassadors Cohort - From Many Regions of San Diego County!