Internships


True Colors Theatre Company’s Internship program is designed to introduce students and/or (recent graduates) to the workings of a nonprofit arts organization.  An internship with True Colors is the perfect resume-building opportunity for someone interested in a career in theatre, production, or arts administration.  It is an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of theater management, helping to produce and watch some of the best theatre this area has to offer.

Please be aware that True Colors' minimum requirement is 115 hours, whether you will be receiving school credit or not.

Late Fall-Term 2017 Assistance: True Colors is looking for a few students to assist the Production & Marketing and Departments from October-December for special projects.

Spring 2018 Internships: January 8th-May 4th

Summer 2018 Internships: May 28th-August 10th

*Start and end dates can be adjusted based on the dates of your institution's spring and summer terms.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIPS
The goals of the Education, Development, Marketing, and Office Management Internships are to provide a well-rounded experience focusing on a wide – ranging overview of events and systems within their respective departments.

 

The Development Intern will learn what it takes to run a fiscally sound non-profit, in the area of arts fundraising.  Interns will have an opportunity to learn about individual giving, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, donor database management, prospect research, individual donor solicitations, and electronic correspondence.  Development interns must have proficient oral and written communication skills, and should be able to manage his or her time, as he or she will be working independently on occasion.  Other responsibilities may include: data entry and management, assisting in pulling donor and database reports, volunteer management for events, and coordination of mass mailing campaigns.  This internship is open to all majors with emphasis on Nonprofit Management, Theatre and Business Administration.

 

The Education Intern will enhance communicative and presentation abilities when working in the arts and educational sphere.  This scope of instruction will allow interns to experience the importance of educational programming in the theatrical community via the August Wilson Monologue Competition for high school students.  The ideal candidate is a full time student, currently enrolled in a college or university seeking to obtain an undergraduate/graduate degree in Theatre Arts or Education.  Though theatre arts and the humanities are preferred majors, this internship is open to all applicants who have a sincere interest in the practices of educational theatre.  Duties and responsibilities may include: providing support to the education staff which may include database management; facilitating acting workshops and performing as a teaching assistant; applying knowledge of social media tools; completing production work; and administrative duties, i.e. data entry, answering phones, and filing.

 

The Management Intern will assist the managing director of True Colors Theatre Company.  It is important that he or she have exceptional organizational skills, a basic knowledge of business etiquette, proficient oral and written communication skills, an attention to detail, and has a familiarity with primary social media outlets and internet research.  The management intern will have basic administrative duties, and should be a self-starter.  Those seeking degrees in the undergraduate or graduate levels in the realm of Management, Business, and Arts Administration are encouraged to apply.

 

The Marketing & PR Intern assists the Marketing Department with general marketing activity including public relations, distribution, market and audience trend analysis, and box office duties.  Some responsibilities include: writing press releases for productions and events; oversee the re-organization of press clippings, production video and photos; assist with public events; graphic design; assist in expanding TCTC contacts in targeted markets; and general office tasks.  Preferred candidate will have or is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing or Arts Administration.  Those with graphic design experience (Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and HTML) are particularly encouraged to apply.  Please provide a link to any designs or work you may have when submitting your résumé.


PRODUCTION INTERNSHIPS
The production intern will have hands-on experience learning the conventions of production management in the focus areas of stage management, sound, lighting, costuming, house management, scenic design, set construction and dramaturgy.  This scope of instruction will allow interns to experience the importance technical theatre has on the overall success of a production.   The ideal candidate is a full time student, currently enrolled in a college or university seeking to obtain an undergraduate/graduate degree in Theatre Arts or Education.  Some of the duties and responsibilities for the production internship include: interpret the script; collaborate with designers; attend rehearsals; guide actors in their work during rehearsals; research materials for production; assist with costume, lighting and sound plots; attend production meetings; assist with the overall production; and collaborate with production team.


To apply for an internship please fill out this application.

Contact education@truecolorstheatre.org for any questions you may have concerning the application process.  Thank you for your interest in True Colors’ internships!!

 

Here are a few online resources to help you prepare for your interview and fine-tune your resume.  Please know there is no one way to craft your resume.  Do your research and look at different templates to find out what works best for you.  When in doubt, submit both your professional and production resumes.

https://www.samepage.io/blog/how-nail-your-summer-internship-interview

http://www.wmich.edu/brain/Resumes%20for%20Undergraduates.pdf

https://www.pace.edu/career-services/sites/pace.edu.career-services/files/PDF/TheatreResumeGuidebook.pdf