Dr. Paul Pfeiffer,
Fulton Hall (FH) 204
What is an internship?
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
THEA 495 Internship in
Theatre (4 hours credit)
- Applies theoretical concepts learned in
- Provides track-related career
experience in professional theatre or related
- Requires a mentored and educational
component of supervision with on-going reflection and
evaluation through meetings that provide the intern and
supervisor with a formal framework within which progress can
be discussed, goals for future employment can be identified,
and areas of improvement explained.
- Builds up the relationships
the department and university has
What are the benefits of a theatre
experience that contributes to a
professional theatre resume, and networking with theatre
professionals and artists.
What types of theatre internships are
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.
When should I do my internship?
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.
- Summer I or II semesters
are ideal because of summer stock opportunities, some of which
provide housing and a stipend for living experiences.
- Fall or Spring semester
is an option that schedules the internship as part of a
full-time course load; search for a local or regional
experience that will accept evening and weekend internship
- Students are not
advised to compete an internship during a semester off if they
need a full-time course load in order to receive financial
How do I find an internship?
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.
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:
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,
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
How do I plan for THEA 495 Internship in
Meet with your
advisor and develop a curriculum plan to meet the prerequisites:
- A major
with a declared track of study.
- "C" or
better completion of core courses (THEA 110, 126, 240, 300,
standing (60+ completed credits).
2.5 overall and 3.0 major.
Only four hours may be counted
toward upper-level major requirements. The course may be taken
twice for a total of eight credit hours.
How do I
register for THEA 495 Internship in Theatre?
semester in advance during Program Planning:
Winter/Spring and March for Summer/Fall.
internship coordinator and develop a
(click link for instructions and forms) with duties totaling
more than 180 hours. In addition, you will need to:
the agreement of an organization that offers a legitimate and
educationally sound professional theatre or theatre-related
Complete the proposal form and the department cover sheet;
hand-written will not be accepted.
approval signatures from a member of the theatre faculty and
the on-site supervisor responsible for completing your
signed proposal with cover sheet to department chair for