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Below you will find information about internships, what they are, and what you’re expected to do. For a list of internships see the comprehensive list here.
What is an Internship?
An internship is described in a dictionary as, ‘any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession’. With this in mind a theatre internship is partaking in a hands on role within a theatre or company, gaining knowledge within the theatre industry. Depending upon the internship itself will depend on what role you may play within a theatre/company, this includes what work you will do during the time of the internship
Key features of an Internship
– Working with professionals within the theatre industry.
– Experience of working within a professional environment that can aid your own career.
– Opportunities to work on or in a theatre show, either in the development or production of it.
– Being actively involved within a theatre team, helping and
How long are internships?
Each internship advertised will be of different lengths, this is due to the various demands of the theatres and the way in which they structure their internships. There are generally two different lengths of internships, long term and short term:
A long term internship will run between 3 and 6 months, these are generally found in the larger theatres and companies.
Short term internships run between a week and a month.
Why do an internship?
Internships offer you a chance to get an idea of what it is like to work within a theatrical environment. It is effectively work experience. Often with jobs you might not know if you are suited to it until you actually start, internships allow you to almost try before you buy!
An internship isn’t just about giving a certain job a try, it is just as much about what you gain from it too. Often getting into the theatre industry can be very tough, with a high demand of people all wanting to apply for a certain job or to just get involved generally. An internship gives you that step up from everyone else, improving your knowledge of the industry and also improving your CV too. Someone who has been on an internship might be considered to be more experienced for a role than someone who has not.
Lastly internships are a great way of meeting people who are already in theatre. Doing an internship might lead onto a paid job within a theatre, or just connect you with people who might need to your help in the future if you prove to them that you are hard working.
How do I get to do an Internship?
– Apply through an application form or CV/Cover Letter.
– Attend an interview.
Each theatre or company offering internships will ask for you to firstly apply. This is normally by sending them a letter or email with your CV and a Cover Leter.
After this initial stage, you will be invited for an interview. This is just to see if you are right for the internship, they will ask you questions, and tell you more about what is to be expected of you.
You will then find out if you have the internship or not.
Where can I do an Internship?
As there are so many internships available, we’ve listed them seperated on here. Remember that each internship is different so check carefully what they offer so that you get the most out of them!
– Internships are not paid. This is because you are not full time member of staff. You might however be paid travel expenses or offered expenses for food.
– Each internship will be tailored in different ways, and will feature different areas that you might be working in. For example, there are Admistration, Marketing, Communications, Technical, Production internships, which all work differently and focuses with certain theatre departments.