Summer INternship Disciplines
Below are the areas of opportunities available in the Allen Lee Hughes Summer Internship Program. Arena Stage does not offer any training opportunities in acting.
Arts Administration Opportunities
Development Intern – assists in all areas of fundraising including individual giving, corporations, foundations, and board relations; drafts grant proposals and donor correspondence, researches prospective donors, assists with the preparation and execution of donor mailings, provides support for special events and offers overall administrative support to the team. Candidate should have excellent written and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently on multiple projects and particular interest in donor relations and individual giving.
Finance Intern – supports the Business Department and has the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of running a theater and performing arts center, making sure all payments to vendors and artists are made on time and expenses tracked accurately across all departments. Tasks include processing invoices and purchase orders in the accounting software, assisting with account reconciliation both income and expenses, and providing administrative support to the business office. Candidate should possess acute attention to detail, exceptional interpersonal skills, be comfortable working in Excel, be able to work independently and think analytically. A great attitude and willingness to learn is a must; course work or experience in accounting or bookkeeping helpful, but not required.
Management Intern – works on special projects in support of the Executive Director, including budget analysis, contract development, board relations and corporate and foundation research; observes senior staff, board, and committee meetings. Candidate should have a strong interest in not-for-profit leadership, the ability to work independently and the willingness to tackle a variety of projects.
Artistic Development Opportunities
Casting Intern – assists the Artistic Associate & Casting Director with auditions that take place over the summer. This is a great opportunity to see how all elements of the casting process work from scheduling actors to preparing audition documents to serving as a monitor and observing auditions to assisting the creative team at every step along the way. This is a part-time commitment requiring an average of 20 hours/week, but a flexible schedule is necessary, as the volunteer will need to be available whenever auditions are scheduled. No casting experience is required but directing, producing, stage management, or other experience working in the rehearsal hall “across the table” from actors is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and creative problem-solving skills are required.
Technical Production Opportunities
Production Intern – assists the production management and general management teams in daily operations of the production office; helps facilitate the needs of current productions, events, and building operations; assists with preparation for the upcoming season and the planning and execution of rental and internal events involving production. Candidates must show a demonstrated interest in theatrical management and/or production and have excellent written and oral communication skills, thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt to change quickly.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Education Programs Administration Intern – provides administrative support for Arena Stage's summer education programs: Camp Arena Stage and the Arena Stage Academy's Musical Theater Training Company (MTTC); assists with program registration, student and parent communication, preparation of materials, daily on-site assistance to guest artist faculty for the MTTC program, event support and other duties as assigned. This is a non-teaching position; however, there are opportunities for observation of classes, rehearsals and planning sessions with guest artists and teachers. Candidate should have basic computer skills. Familiarity with American musical theater canon and/or ability to read music is helpful but not required.
Teaching and Community Outreach Intern – splits time between teaching at Camp Arena Stage, a summer multi-arts (theater, dance, music, filmmaking, visual art) camp for ages 8–15, and helping to plan and implement a variety of community outreach workshops Successful candidate must have some teaching experience and enjoy working with young people from diverse backgrounds.