College Internships With ASC
Qualified applicants are college undergraduates currently studying acting, directing, theatre education, or similar majors. Interns will assist in many areas of theatre administration and education, mostly centering around ASC’s two summer student programs: Shakespeare Superheroes for students ages 7-13, and Shakespeare Intensive for Teens for rising 9th grade through rising college freshmen. Intern responsibilities may include stage management, office administrative duties, junior teacher/camp councilor jobs, assistant directing, rehearsal assistance and numerous other jobs around the Tavern. Interns will be offered a modest honorarium. Master Classes will also be offered to internship participants. Classes will be determined after the selection of interns is finalized. Careful consideration into each participant's previous experience and future career goals will be taken into account when choosing the subject matter of each class. There will be 3-5 classes total throughout the program, conducted by ASC Staff and Company Members.
We have up to two openings available for Shakespeare Superheroes interns. This internship runs five weeks long and is full-time (typical work hours may be M-F 9 am to 4 pm, some weekend hours are required.) Two longer internship positions, running nine weeks, are available for Shakespeare Intensive for Teens; these positions will combine teaching and production work with arts administration work and will require a mixture of full-time and part-time weeks.
Skills that will qualify you for an internship at ASC include acting performance, teaching drama to rising 3rd thru 12th grade students, experience with Shakespeare performance, dramaturgy, directing, and summer camp experience of any kind. Additional skills from other forms of performance, clown, dance, stage management, costuming, stage combat, and office skills are very helpful.
Skills you will acquire as an intern with ASC include a more in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare in performance, teaching Shakespeare to students, stage management, costuming, dramaturgy, basic office administration, marketing, box office, theatre management, and mentoring, as well as an introduction to our Original Practices methods.
No audition is necessary, but persons interested should submit their acting/performance resume and professional work resume, along with a one-page letter of interest/intent, and two letters of recommendation: one from a high school or college Theatre or English teacher as well as a letter of recommendation from an employer. Letters of interest should include:
- (1) ) Your address, email address that you check regularly, and a phone number where you can be reached through May 2014
- (2) Whether you are interested in a Shakespeare Superheroes internship, Shakespeare Intensive for Teens internship, or both.
- (3) What you hope to gain and learn from your internship
- (4) Experience that you think qualifies you for the internship.
- (5) We will conduct interviews with applicants at the New American Shakespeare Tavern between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on Monday March 10th or Saturday March 15th. Final decisions will be made by April 1st. While we strongly prefer in-person interviews if at all possible, Skype/phone interviews on those dates can be arranged for long-distance applicants. Please indicate in your letter of interest which of these dates you are available to interview, and if available for both please list them in order of preference.
Internships are available from mid-May to the end of July/beginning of August. Shakespeare Intensive for Teens internships last that entire time. Exact dates are TBD by mid-February. There will be a mandatory unpaid 3-day training session prior to start of internship. ASC cannot offer summer housing, and applicants should be living in the Atlanta area during the internship. All former interns applying again must send letter of intent and resumes but do not need recommendation letters to be considered again.Questions? Look over our Internship FAQs here.
Are the internships paid?
Yes. Interns receive an honorarium to help offset the cost of fuel and lunches during your internship. We recognize that this is an educational opportunity and we want you to pay as little as possible to get here and eat during the day!Do you provide housing for out-of-state students?
No, and please note that intern honorariums will not cover standard housing costs in Atlanta. You must arrange for somewhere to stay that will allow you to commute to downtown Atlanta (or to Decatur or Cobb County, for interns working with our Shakespeare Superheroes summer camp.)How do internships work?
We offer two different types of theater education internships each summer, connected with our two summer camps.
Shakespeare Intensive for Teens internships span both the June and July month-long sessions of Shakespeare Intensive for Teens, our theater summer camp for high school students. We hire two SIT interns each year, and it’s a comprehensive experience. You will spend one month assistant teaching a Shakespeare Intensive for Teens session with our leading Education Artists. The alternate month will be spent learning how to administer a professional arts organization with education programming. Areas of exploration will include are certainly not limited to marketing, grant writing and fundraising, research for the education department and general administration help with paperwork etc for the summer programs. During your administrative month you will also supervise summer camp students on work-study scholarships from 4:00-6:00, Monday through Thursday. The administrative month of the internship usually requires fewer hours per week than the instructional month.
Shakespeare Superheroes internships involve assistant teaching two sessions of our two-week Shakespeare Superheroes summer camp for Grades 3-8. In addition to teaching and supervising students each day, interns are usually responsible for aiding the lead Education Artists with paperwork and other administration needs. Exact dates for each session will be determined closer to the summer. Superheroes interns are also expected to attend general summer education training at the end of May.
On select occasions, interns MIGHT be asked to assist company members with production activities, such as helping during costume parades or taking notes during a rehearsal. These opportunities are entirely dependent on the needs of the company and are not guaranteed.I was a participant in Shakespeare Intensive for Teens for one or more years. Does this make me a shoe-in for the SIT internship?
Not necessarily. To be sure, experience with SIT means you’re already familiar with our educational approach and the structure of SIT, and that will definitely factor in when we evaluate you as a candidate. But past participation in SIT alone is not enough to get you the internship. Other factors such as advanced theater training and acting experience, advanced knowledge of Shakespeare, experience supervising children and teens, and college courses taken (to name just a few factors of many) are equally if not more important. Particularly if you just graduated from SIT last year, keep in mind that our internships are extremely selective and you will most likely be competing with applicants who already have a couple years of college and possibly even other internships on their resumes. In the past we have certainly hired interns who were underclassmen, interns who were SIT grads, and interns who happened to be both, but they were the exception rather than the rule. A Shakespeare Intensive for Teens internship is a fantastic learning opportunity but it is not “SIT, Part 2.”I was an intern last year/ in a previous year. Can I apply again this year?
You can apply for the internship that you didn’t have last time: if you were a Shakespeare Intensive for Teens intern, you can apply to work as a Shakespeare Superheroes intern, and vice versa. Because we have so few intern positions to offer and we’d like to spread the educational opportunity to as many students as possible, we will not hire any student to fill a particular internship more than once.Any helpful tips for applicants?
Be sure to take time with and proofread the letter of interest that you send with your application! Writing skills are an important part of the Shakespeare Intensive for Teens internship in particular, and we view the letter of interest as a writing sample.
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