VANGUARD THEATER COMPANY offers internships in both production and administration. Interns work directly with individual department heads & staff to receive practical training in administrative management or technical theater. Interns are selected by application and interview. We expect a willingness to work hard and high standards of performance. In return, interns are treated as members of our professional staff and receive intensive hands-on experience. We ask that all interns be reliable, conscientious and energetic.
ACADEMIC CREDIT Vanguard will assist interns to meet the credit requirements of individual schools, but all arrangements for credit must be made by the intern.
EVALUATION Interns are evaluated in meetings with their supervisors before leaving Vanguard Theater Company. These meetings provide a forum for discussion of the intern's progress, future expectations, projects, and goals.
APPLICATIONS To apply for an internship at Vanguard Theater Company, please click the button above and follow the online application instructions. Your application must include an electronic submission of a resume, the names and numbers of two references, and a brief personal statement (i.e., what you expect to gain from an internship). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Due to the high volume of applications, applicants will only be contacted if they have been selected to interview.
INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
General Management: Intern will assist our Managing Director in the non-artistic aspects of our ongoing projects. Candidates should have a warm personality, good communication skills, excellent organizational and time-management skills, discretion, a great sense of humor, and the ability to roll with the punches. This role will focus less on long term projects and more on the day-to-day “fires” of theater production (artist relationship building, ticket requests, contracting).
Development: The Development intern will maintain donor database and files; follow-up on donor benefits; research funding sources; assist with mailings and special events. Intern actively participates in all fundraising activities, including special events, funding research, special projects, and day-to-day booking and acknowledgement of gifts. Intern should be detail-oriented and self-motivated and have excellent writing and communication skills; basic familiarity with computers; the ability to work cooperatively; the ability to keep sensitive information confidential.
Marketing: Intern assists in market research, subscription and single ticket promotions; distributes marketing materials; assists in writing copy for newsletters and other promotional materials; assists coordinating receptions and openings, single ticket and subscription audience development through direct mail, print, and telemarketing; promotion through special events and outreach efforts. Candidates should have strong writing, verbal, and computer skills, the ability to handle multiple priorities and successfully meet deadlines.
Production: Interns assist in all aspects of creating sets, props, sound, and lighting for Vanguard productions. Duties may include carpentry, metal work, load in/out, set strikes, sewing, rigging, hanging and focusing lights, running shows, maintaining and installing equipment, and shadowing designers. Internships may be tailored to the specific interests and abilities of the intern.
Stage Management: Interns work with our stage managers, directors, and actors, and are involved in the entire rehearsal and performance process of a Vanguard production. Duties may include keeping track of props; pre-show and post-show duties; assisting at rehearsals and performances; and maintaining production paperwork. This internship has limited availability and requires commitment of 20 hours per week and is tied directly to productions. Previous production experience a plus. Applicants should be organized and detail-oriented. An outgoing and assertive personality is a plus.