College Internships With ASC
Application Deadline: March 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
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 counselor jobs, assistant directing, rehearsal assistance and numerous other jobs around the Tavern. Interns will be offered a modest honorarium.
We have up to three 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.) These positions will focus mainly on teaching/production work, with less of a focus on theatre administration. 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.
Online application HERE. Please make sure you read this entire page before you fill in the application.
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. Professional training classes are also offered in Shakespeare’s text, acting/monologues and other topics as time permits.
No audition is necessary, but persons interested should electronically 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 2016
- (2) Why 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 Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse from 11-6 on Friday March 11, 2016 and Saturday March 12, 2016. Please indicate on the online form which days you will be available to interview. Due to the volume of applications not all applicants will be invited to interview. We WILL contact ALL applicants regarding the status of their application by March 5, 2016. All applicants who are invited to interview will be notified with our final decisions by April 1st, 2016.
Important to Note:
- 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 check the appropriate boxes on the electronic application.
- ASC cannot offer summer housing, and applicants should be living in the Atlanta area during the internship. Interns should have reliable/flexible transportation to/from the theatre each day. Schedule varies weekly, in some cases, so relying solely on rides from friends and family may become complicated..
- We encourage all applicants to fill out and submit the ONLINE form. No snail-mailed applications can be accepted without first contacting
- There will be a mandatory unpaid training session (3-4 days) prior to start of internship. This training will start no earlier than May 23rd, 2016, and no internship will end before August 1st, 2016.
- All former interns applying again must send letter of intent and resumes but do not need recommendation letters to be considered again. Please follow instructions in electronic form.
Questions? Look over our Internship FAQs here.
How does the application process work?
The application deadline is February 23, 2016 11:59 pm, EST.
Each application will be given full and comprehensive consideration. A select number of outstanding applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview in Atlanta with the Intern Supervisor, and one senior summer camp teacher or senior education administrator. If a qualified applicant just cannot be in Atlanta on any of the dates a Skype interview may be set up.
All applicants will be notified of their app status no later than March 1st, 2016.
Applicants not selected for an interview are often encouraged to gain more experience in teaching, Shakespeare or general job skills, and may re-apply next year.
Do I have to have a lot of Shakespeare performance or Shakespeare/English teaching experience? Does my major need to be acting or directing to be considered?
Not at all! That type of particular experience may make you very qualified but we also look for summer camp experience of any kind, and any experience of teaching you may have had. It pays to list any and all internships, teaching jobs, summer camp counselor/ junior counselor or other camp job experiences you have. What clubs do you belong to at college? What programs did you lead in High School? It is useful to note that many of our most qualified and successful applicants are about to enter their Junior or Senior year in college but year in college is not the most important qualifier.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 three different types of theater education internships each summer, connected with our three 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 sessions of our two-week Shakespeare Superheroes summer camp for rising 2nd to rising 8th grade students, or our Shakespeare Superheroes Juniors sessions for four to six year olds. 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. Superheroes interns are also expected to attend general summer education training at the end of May and the exact dates of each camp session will be released during the interview process.
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 attach 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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