Writers Theatre’s internship program is designed for college students and young professionals seeking to gain practical experience in arts administration. Interns are fully integrated into daily operations at the Theatre and are mentored by the Director of Education and individuals in their department. In addition to in-depth mentorship, interns may receive school credit, professional development opportunities and participate in learning seminars. Writers Theatre is located off the Glencoe Metra stop and is also easily accessible via Pace buses.
- Earn school credit, if applicable.
- Networking opportunities. WT interns make connections with the industry’s leading professionals.
- A season weekday subscription to Writers Theatre.
- Exclusive backstage access to Writers Theatre events.
- Mentorship from Director of Education and department leadership in your area of focus.
- Opportunities for professional development and to participate in various arts and arts administration seminars.
- Stipend to cover the cost of daily travel expenses to and from the theatre.
The duration of the internships may vary by department. Candidates should be actively pursuing the field of specialty or a relevant field of study. Individuals should be ambitious and driven, outgoing and personable, and possess excellent skills in writing and communication.
Positions for the 2020/21 Season
The Artistic/Education interns assist staff in both departments. In the Education department duties include supporting the administrative side of programming by maintaining and organizing contact databases, doing curriculum research, designing and coordinating curriculum materials, supporting trainings and events, and gaining exposure to on and off-site programs including observing classroom residencies in schools. In the Artistic department duties include maintaining casting databases, and supporting auditions and workshops. Interns will have opportunities to observe rehearsals and support audience enrichment events.
The Literary Management/Dramaturgy intern will assist the Literary Manager with a variety of projects and duties, including dramaturgy research and writing for upcoming productions, supporting new play workshops and readings, maintaining the script database and logging new submissions, and helping with audience engagement programs. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills and a good knowledge of dramatic literature.
The Advancement/Special Events intern will support a fast-paced department in one of the most exciting moments in the company’s history. They are an integral part of the advancement department and assist with a variety of fundraising projects that include gift acknowledgements, donor benefit fulfillment, database maintenance, special events assistance and research projects. Interns will not only have the opportunity to learn about the new theatre center, but be a part of the company while we produce our Annual WT Gala and other VIP auxiliary programming. Candidates should be personable and possess excellent written communication, computer and organizational skills.
The Marketing and Communications intern assists with market research and promotions, material distribution, material proofing, event planning and execution, digital archiving, website content creation and proofing, participates in all departmental planning meetings and provides clerical assistance and support. Marketing interns will gain experience with the types of duties involved in a professional theatre company's marketing efforts, including but not limited to: advertising, branding, print materials, e-communication, websites, blog, social media, cross-promotion, partnerships, and analytics. Candidates must possess excellent computer capabilities and organizational skills, and should excel in writing and communication.
The Operations and Facilities Intern will contribute to the operation of the theatre by providing effective administrative support of the facilities and general management program. Operations and Facilities Management represents the multidisciplinary integration of people, place, process and technology in order to ensure functionality of the built environment. The ideal candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for learning about organizational performance and will be capable of working independently. This individual directly interacts with Theatre employees, consultants and outside vendors.
Duties for this position include gathering and inputting data pertaining to the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), organizing departmental files, researching preventive maintenance tasks for each major equipment item, participating in department meetings, providing progress reports on initiatives, and all other duties as assigned.
DISCLAIMER: At the moment we are not bringing on new interns for the Winter/Spring. Please feel free to still submit your application for future internships and we will keep your application on file.
Fall internships (September – December) – Applications due July 1
Winter/Spring internships (January – April) – Applications Due November 1
Summer internships (May -- August) – Applications due March 1
- We only accept digital applications. To apply, please download and complete the application form.
- Email the application form, a cover letter*, professional resume and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com.
*In your cover letter please detail at least three things that you hope to gain from an internship and why you think Writers Theatre would be a good fit for your educational goals.