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Work Experience

The Opera House is committed to providing artistic, cultural, educational and employment opportunities that build capacity and understanding. The Opera House believes creating these opportunities is essential to nurture the next generation of artists, audiences and visitors.

The Opera House employs over 900 people working across a range of vocations to maintain its status as a world-class performing arts venue, a world heritage listed site and a tourism and entertainment provider. Participants will interact with a range of employees and visitors throughout the week. Wherever possible, students are given practical experiences. The experiences on offer will vary each work experience week and depend on what is happening at the Opera House at the time.

As the Sydney Opera House is primarily a performance venue, the work that happens here focuses on getting the show on stage rather than producing the show. If you are interested in creating, making and performing in shows, you may wish to explore work experience opportunities with our Resident Companies.

Open Program

The Open program Work Experience takes place twice a year and is open to secondary school students who are ideally studying in Year 10. The program lasts a week and gives participants a hands-on experience of how the Opera House operates during the program hours of 9.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Participants will meet and work alongside a diverse range of Opera House employees from Ticketing Sales Representatives to Stage Managers to Building Operations Supervisors. We are one of the world’s busiest performing arts venues and the experiences we offer will vary between programs depending on our programming commitments.

To be eligible for our work experience program applicants must be:

• An Australian citizen or permanent resident

• Currently studying in secondary school (ideally in Year 10)

• Covered with appropriate insurance by the applicant’s school for the duration of the work experience (successful applicants will be asked to provide paperwork to verify this).

We welcome applications from students who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities.


2022 dates

To be confirmed 

First Nations

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing hands-on experiences to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, which can lead to employment opportunities.

The best way for students to experience what we do is through our Work Experience Program. Through our partnership with the NSW Department of Education we run a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying in years 9-12. The program is a week long and is offered several times throughout the year. During the week, students are introduced to different staff and departments across the organisation. The program is practical and participants spend time working in up to four different departments to gain first-hand work experience.

Our Work Experience Program is often the first event that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participate in at the Opera House. 

After completing our Work Experience Program, students can apply for a paid internship. These internships are currently offered in our Ticketing Sales department and we are always looking to expand the types of intern roles. The internship is based on a 90 hour contract as a Ticketing Sales Representative. The hours of work are designed to fit around the student’s study, and students develop skills in sales and customer service, operating ticketing software and basic computing. We have a growing alumni of interns, many of whom have gained ongoing employment at the Opera House and are now involved in facilitating Work Experience Program activities with students.

Careers Day

The Sydney Opera House would like to invite First Nations high school students (years 10-12) to participate in our annual First Nations Careers Day. This event gives students an opportunity to:

  • learn about different career paths offered by Sydney Opera House
  • hear about our work experience and internship programs
  • undertake a free tour of the Sydney Opera House at the end of the event

Students are welcome to bring a friend or accompanying family member.

2021 dates

To be confirmed

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