People’s Light Interns are welcomed into our company’s work, and quickly incorporated as invaluable contributors to our efforts. We seek motivated self-starters who are excited to learn by doing, to observe many facets of a robust regional theatre’s daily activities, and to bring their curiosity and drive to any task set before them.
Current opportunities are primarily for Summer 2019; however, the application form also invites candidates to indicate any interest in semester opportunities.
- Internships generally require a minimum of 15 hours per week, with scheduling to be coordinated with individual departments.
- Unless otherwise noted in the description our internships are unpaid; academic credit may be available depending on the requirements of your school.
- Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one internship area; you will have the opportunity to rank your first and second choice.
People’s Light is not well-served by public transportation; candidates must have a reliable vehicle or plan to ensure timely arrival for all internship hours. Additionally, some roles may require interns to drive their own vehicles for department activities. Please be prepared to discuss your transportation plan if you are contacted for an interview.
People’s Light Interns will be included in any company-wide meetings, special events, and opening nights as they align with individual schedules and responsibilities. Interns will occasionally participate in cross-departmental assignments outside the area of specialization. We aim to give you an intimate view of our theatre, feed your curiosity, and connect you to fellow interns and colleagues across our entire organization. All interns will have a departmental supervisor as well as support from the General Manager and/or the Director of Education and Civic Practice.
People’s Light is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. People’s Light is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic.
Opportunities by Department
Many people enjoy supporting causes that inspire them; learn the work a not-for-profit arts organization does to tell its unique story and motivate community members to make a difference. Interns may conduct research on local companies, major funders, and individuals, participate in special event planning for annual fundraisers, contribute to grant-writing activities, create informational pieces for print and email, and represent the theatre at community events. Candidates should have excellent organizational and communication skills, and an ability to focus on details as well as the big picture. This opportunity is ideal for an intern who wants to make the case for a good cause and learn how to find the supporters who make arts and other not-for-profit activities possible. (Requires primarily weekday availability.)
How can you explore the various pieces that make up a play, amplify the heartbeat of a production for an audience, and help to enrich an American Regional Theatre? A dramaturgy internship at People’s Light gives you the opportunity to assist with gathering production research, creating informational materials for staff and audiences, and designing and constructing lobby displays. The intern will also read and respond to plays for the 2020-21 season selection process, archive dramaturgy materials from past productions, and build a library catalogue for our play collection. Ideal candidates have excellent research, analytical, and writing skills, problem-solving readiness, and the ability to reliably work independently. Candidates must have production experience (especially in a rehearsal room beyond acting), a deep level of curiosity, desire to learn, and sense of humor. Skills in hands-on crafting and constructing projects are a plus.
NOTE: To be considered for this internship, you must submit a writing sample of a critical and/or analytical piece (this could be a program note, class paper/essay, or a review) in addition to the other requested application materials. (Requires primarily weekday availability.)
People’s Light nurtures curiosity about ourselves, each other, and the stories that surround us all through a variety of educational offerings throughout the year. Interns serve as program assistants during SummerBLAST, which provides six weeks of training to young performers ages 7-18. Interns will support master teaching artists throughout the day, and may have the opportunity to lead select lessons, depending on experience and interest. While schools are not in session, summer is also the time to prepare for additional community and school-based programming; interns may participate in other education department tasks matched to their interests and skills. In your cover letter, please describe both your own personal artistic experience and any relevant roles teaching or working with youth.
NOTE: Due to the full-day supervision of students, ideal candidates are available to participate on a full-time schedule approximately 40 hours/week during the six weeks SummerBLAST is in session from July 1-August 10, and will receive a weekly stipend of $150 during those weeks. (Interns may begin and end the internship beyond SummerBLAST weeks with additional roles on a reduced schedule.) Interns must complete appropriate clearances to work with youth; People’s Light will coordinate and reimburse for required clearances as needed.
Marketing & Communications
Help theatre find its audience, the essential ingredient to make our work matter. The Marketing Intern will report to the Marketing Assistant and work closely with the marketing staff to help build capacity and increase diversity for the many offerings at People’s Light. The intern may assist with audience research, community events, creation and distribution of promotional materials, digital assets and social media, subscription and single ticket campaigns, and preparation of lobby spaces. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and communications skills with an interest in Marketing, Communications, or Theatre Administration. Experience in Adobe Suite, photography, and/or videography is strongly preferred; please detail any relevant background in your cover letter or resume.
Patron Experience/Ticketing/Front of House
Delve into the perspectives of our valued guests and practice all the elements that combine in warm hospitality and outstanding service. Discover the intricacies of ticket management and software, house management, and subscriber relations as two summer productions perform on our stages. An intern will spend at least 15 hours a week interacting with People’s Light patrons on the phone, in person, and through mailings. Excellent people skills, organization, reliability, and flexibility are all qualities that will serve you well in this internship, which will help prepare you for the real-world demands of theater/performing arts administration. (Scheduling options for this internship are flexible; some weekday availability is preferred, but schedule may include nights and/or weekends.)
On-site artisans are responsible for everything that appears on the People’s Light stage, and will provide a hands-on experience with the design and technical elements of upcoming productions. Interns may work with set construction, painting, props, electrics, and/or costumes. In your cover letter please indicate whether you seek to focus deeply in a specific area within production, or wish to explore multiple areas in a broader experience; please be specific describing your goals and experience so we can consider a best match. (Requires primarily weekday availability.)
NOTE: People’s Light does not currently offer an Internship for Acting or Directing, or a Summer Internship in Stage Management. However, these interests can make relevant connections with other theatre areas, and we invite you to consider all our opportunities closely.
Email the items listed below to Company Management Associate Molly Jo Gifford at firstname.lastname@example.org. (You may submit as separate documents, or as one combined PDF as you prefer.) Subject Line: 2019 Internship Application
Your submission should include the following components:
- Completed Application Form - download here
- Cover Letter: should include 1) a brief introduction to whatever you most want us to know about yourself, 2) your specific interest in working with People’s Light and the department area(s) for which you are applying, 3) the skills and experience you will bring to the work at our theatre, and 4) what you hope to learn from this internship. Please be detailed and specific as you introduce yourself and your goals! We know that you are early in your career and still building your resume, so what you have to say about your work interests can be just as important as the experiences you have gathered so far.
- Resume: this should include any of your relevant academic, artistic, educational and work experience to date. (If you use a separate artistic resume from your academic/work resume, please feel free to combine or submit both.)
- 3-4 References who can speak about your current theatre skills and/or your work, volunteer, or academic experience. Family members are not accepted as references. Please include name, professional title or affiliation, and both email and phone contact whenever possible.
- Any specific requirements listed in the description of the department to which you are applying.
Application Deadline: Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to submissions received before May 12, 2019.
You will receive a confirmation email within one week of your submission. If you have not heard from us after one full week has passed, please feel free to follow-up.