JULY 23-25, 2021

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973 882 5464

Countdown to Festival Fun

 

Until the 2020
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

at Festival of Ballooning, Inc

Are you interested in interning at the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America?  

We are looking for new people to join our team!

Summer Internship Opportunities:

We offer a variety of internship and career exploration opportunities in marketing, operations and event coordination and production.  All positions provide interns with a behind-the-scenes, hands-on experience in producing a major entertainment event.  Employment gives the student valuable real-world experience and responsibility, while allowing the student to tap in to our extensive sports and event marketing experience, as well as our vast list of contacts.
 
Our Festivals:
 
The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premier family entertainment attraction in New Jersey.  It has received The New Jersey Governor's Award for Best Special Event and has been recognized, for the 6th time, as a Top 100 Festival in North America by the American Bus Association. Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2020 the festival features twice daily mass ascensions of up to 100 colorful hot air balloons, top-notch concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and much more. The 2020 New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning returns to Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ on July 24-26, 2020. www.balloonfestival.com
 
Rock, Ribs, and Ridges is the Northeast’s best celebration of food, music and fun, as nine great rock n’ roll bands and five nationally-known barbeque joints highlight this awesome weekend.  The eleventh annual edition of Rock, Ribs and Ridges returns to The Sussex County Fairgrounds on June 27 – 28, 2020. www.rockribsandridges.com
 
Summer Intern Positions:
 

Summer/Intern Positions:

There are four (4) different internships available for area college students:

Operations Assistant

This intern assists VP of Operations in all aspects of on-site operations for the event.  Interfaces with a wide variety of key vendors (tents, office trailers, portable rest rooms, etc.).  Helps manage the all-important relationship with the festival's new title sponsor.

Sponsorship, Marketing & Social Media Assistant

Assist the festival coordinator in growing the awareness of the festival on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Assist in updating the website daily, needs knowledge of how to work content manager of website and how to utilize social networking site to promote an event.  Graphic design and/or photoshop knowledge required.

Assists both the Executive Producer and the Director of Corporate Partnerships to negotiate media trades for the event as well as execute and fulfill various sponsor/exhibitor programs. Relied on to interact with the Public Relations firm as it relates to press events and the development/execution of the event’s public relations campaign.

Reviews contracts and facilitates fulfillment of all contractual obligations with entertainers.  Coordinates all entertainment-related functions during the weekend of the event. 

Balloon Operations Coordinator & Hospitality/Hotel Facilitator

This intern assists the Festival Director in managing a variety of relationships related to the festival's interaction with hot air balloon pilots, hotels and hospitality partners. Handles all arrangements and requests of the balloon pilots and crew. Interfaces with each partner hotels to manage the event’s hotel needs. Oversees the corporate caterer needs at the event to ensure a smooth-running hospitality program.

Ticket & Customer Relations Manager

This intern oversees the proper functioning of the festival's online ticketing system. Is responsible for all financial processing, report generation, recording, and fulfilling of ticket & merchandise program. Manages on-site ticketing and customer relations program. This position is key to our operation and needs a highly organized and self-sufficient individual to take charge of ticket orders & processing as well as getting us the reports that we need to make marketing decisions.

Our Internship Program:

All interns will be given the opportunity to work in areas other than their specific job function, affording everyone a well-rounded experience by being exposed to all aspects of producing the festival. Additionally, interns will have other opportunities to work on events produced by Promo 1, Festival of Ballooning’s sister company.

We offer a variety of internship and career exploration opportunities in marketing, operations and event coordination and production.  All positions provide interns with a behind-the-scenes, hands-on experience in producing a major entertainment event.  Employment gives the student valuable real-world experience and responsibility, while allowing him/her to tap in to our extensive sports and event marketing experience, as well as our vast list of contacts.

Time Commitments:

  • Internships are considered a full-time commitment, with positions running from May 26th through July 30th.
  • Unless discussed in advance, the student is expected to devote forty (40) hours per week. Hours will get longer closer to the Festivals.
  • The student is required to commit to the entire week leading up to events, as well as the entire weekend of the events.
  • Access to a car is considered essential.

Internship Compensation:

  • Students will receive a daily stipend of $90 per day. This is stipend is based on an 8 hour work day (plus an unpaid hour for lunch) paid at minimum wage.  Please note, this position is not paid hourly, but rather by fixed daily stipend.
  • There will be anadditional amount paid to each intern for his/her work the weekend of the festival.

How to Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to Kristin Vincent, Festival Director, at [email protected] with Summer Internships as the subject line by April 20, 2020.