John Raley, Coordinator
Fulton Hall (FH) 205
An internship is an opportunity to integrate career-related experience into an undergraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work. Interns are generally enrolled in a college or university or recently graduated. For particular internships, some experience in the area of specialty is preferred. Computer literacy is required for administrative positions.
Hands-on career learning, experience that contributes to a professional theatre resume, and networking with theatre professionals and artists.
Track-related internships may include Audio Engineering, Community Program & Education, Costumes, Dramaturgy, Electrics, Production Management, Properties, Scene Shop, Scenic Art, and Stage Management. Related areas may include Arts Administration, Audience Services, Box Office, Business, Development, Marketing & Communication, Management, and Volunteer Services.
Do your internship in the junior or senior year when you can get the most out of the experience. Four credit hours require a minimum of 180 internship hours and organizations may require part-time (20) or full-time (40) hours.
It is your responsibility to find and arrange an internship. If the organization requires an application or interview, then notification of acceptance is required before you can submit a proposal for THEA 495. Professional organizations will work with the intern to meet his or her school’s credit requirements; however, the intern is ultimately responsible for those arrangements.
To start your search:
- Attend a Department and/or Career Services internship meeting or workshop.
- Check the bulletin board outside of FH-203 where information about internships and graduate programs is posted.
- Talk to theatre faculty who may know of opportunities or places to look.
Search online listings for professional theatre internships:
Search for professional theatres in cities with a rich and diverse theatre life. The following examples offer an internship program:
- American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA
- Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
- Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
- Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
- Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
If a theatre-related internship sparks your interest, look at state and county arts council organizations, public or private schools at all levels, special events companies, and summer camps. Some examples are:
Only four hours may be counted toward upper-level major requirements. The course may be taken twice for a total of eight credit hours.
Deadline one semester in advance during Program Planning: October for Winter/Spring and March for Summer/Fall.
Consult the internship coordinator and develop a Proposal Package (click link for instructions and forms) with duties totaling more than 180 hours. In addition, you will need to: