Collegiate Ambassadors

Beginning with the 2019-20 season, the BSO’s Collegiate Ambassador program will consist of three different cohorts: Ambassadors, Interns, and BEAM mentors (Bridge to Excellence and Achievement in Music). Collegiate Ambassadors are welcome to participate in multiple cohorts if eligible.

  • Collegiate Ambassadors (paid) will offer event and special project support on an as-needed basis.
  • Collegiate Interns (unpaid) will receive a focused, structured professional experience (semester or year-long) within the Education and Community Engagement Department.
  • BEAM mentors (unpaid) will meet four times during the BSO/Pops season with student participants in the BEAM initiative to offer advice, share personal experiences, and observe/participate in panel discussions. Learn more about BEAM here:

Collegiate Ambassador Description

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Collegiate Ambassador program is a series of paid opportunities aimed primarily at Boston-area college students to provide logistical support and assistance to the BSO’s Education and Community Engagement Department over the course of the 2019-2020 concert season.  Typical responsibilities include providing general support as needed for Education and Community Engagement programs held at Symphony Hall or offsite (with a focus on BSO Youth Concerts); participants will be compensated at an hourly rate and with a small travel stipend (as applicable).

Collegiate Intern Description

The Boston Symphony Orchestra Collegiate Internship is aimed primarily at college students with a professional interest in arts and/or non-profit administration and will provide job-readiness experience throughout the year.  Depending on the mutually agreed-upon program area to which interns will be assigned, duties will range from research and data analysis, community event planning and participation, lesson plan support for Youth and Family Concerts, and other department initiatives.  Internships are unpaid.

BEAM Mentors

BEAM mentors agree to meet as a cohort for four events in which they will be grouped with students from the BEAM program to offer advice, share experiences as young musicians of color, and participate in planned talks/networking events as requested.  Mentors will not have one-on-one contact or interaction with BEAM students outside of these events but may arrange for extra meeting times through a participating BEAM organization (BSO, NEC, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Project STEP, Community Music Center of Boston).


All participants must be enrolled in a Boston-area college. Students with access to transportation are encouraged to apply (for off-site program needs) and should be willing to carpool to and from events with other students in the program as needed.
To be a Collegiate Ambassador or Collegiate Intern, experience in music is not required.  However, to be a BEAM Mentor, experience in music is required.


We believe innovation is sparked by the collaborative efforts of individuals from differing backgrounds and life experiences.  Because of this, we want our Collegiate Ambassadors to reflect the communities we currently and hope to serve.  We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities to apply.

Application Timeline
Friday, September 27 Application Deadline
Friday, October 4 Orientation Session at Symphony Hall, 4:00-5:00 pm
Click here to apply!