Let us make it very clear: AWP interns never get sent out for a coffee run (everyone is responsible for their own hot & cold beverages!). Our interns are immediately immersed in the experience of theatre that suits them (performance; production; administration; education) or perhaps they opt for a revolving internship with participation in several areas. At completion, our successful AWP interns have strengthened their skill sets with: professional maturity; poise in the workplace; setting & achieving goals; self-assurance; brainstorming with work peers; advancing individual artistry; creative problem solving; and practical experience.
An internship with AWP puts you to work, for a real theater company, at their theater-in-residence home located at Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD, or sometimes virtually. You don’t just reach for the stars with an AWP internship, you become one!
Interns will assist the Production Stage Manager with the entire rehearsal process and run of the show they are assigned. Interns must be prepared to work longer hours during tech weeks and for productions. Duties could include: Preparation of the rehearsal space, assistance with acquisition of rehearsal and performance props, holding book during rehearsals, and running crew responsibilities.
Interns will assist the box office manager with the operation of all box office-related activity. He/She will work with volunteers to staff for ushers, greeters, ticket takers, program handlers, etc. to ensure a smooth run of the show’s patrons.
Excellent computer skills are a must, with experience working Excellent research, written and oral communication skills, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are important. Needs to be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Marketing Interns will have the opportunity to work on projects related to advertising, direct mail, social media and audience engagement. Interns may also prepare for and help to execute pre-show marketing events. Interns may assist in the creation of press releases and other publicity materials. Interns will work alongside company staff to keep current online and social media presence.
Assist the designers with research, construction, and alteration of costumes for productions during our season. Interns will have the opportunity to serve as dressers backstage. Interns may help with laundering and preparation for dry cleaning of costumes as well as ironing and any repairs necessary once the show is open.
Interns will assist the Set Designers with the preparation of set designs, and work on the construction, painting, installation and striking of sets for AWP productions. Shop Crew Interns agree to be available during the technical rehearsal period and assist on all changeovers.
Interns will assist the Lighting Designers and Technical Producer with the hang, focus and technical rehearsal process surrounding each production. Work could include lighting design, trouble-shooting lighting problems during tech rehearsals. Could assist with sound design during tech rehearsals and run sound during actual shows. Technical interns could work on video development as well.
The intern participates fully in the life cycle of producing and presenting performance. The intern's varied duties include participating in production meetings with lighting, sound, designers, helping schedule and coordinate auditions, selecting cast members, rehearsals and technical rehearsals.
Pursuant to the regulations of the FLSA, we have determined that the internship is unpaid; however, there are many valuable benefits to the intern in the form of training, learning and working on special projects that will assist the intern in obtaining course credits and resume building experiences. AWP will cooperate with the educational institution to provide class credit. Spring internships run from late January – mid-May; Summer internships run from late May/early June – mid/late October. Alternative internship timeframes are possible on a case-by-case basis. Applications should be submitted at least 1 month prior to your preferred start date to allow time for interview and orientation. An unpaid internship will benefit the organization; however, the primary benefit is for the intern who will participate in projects that align with their academic and professional aspirations.
Now that you know all about our Internship Program, feel free to complete the online application. We do require a resume and one letter of recommendation at the end of the application.