5 Secrets to Landing a Theatre Internship

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Last week, I wrote about why I love theatre internships and why every student should have at least one. If you missed it, go check out that post first! Now, I’m sharing with you five secrets to landing your dream theatre internship.

I’m currently in the process of applying for spring theatre internships, and the process can be full of stress and self-doubt–so I know how hard it can be. However, I’ve already had a handful of theatre internships, so I’m familiar with the field and the process. It’s pretty straightforward…if you know what you’re doing. So if you’ve never applied for an internship and don’t know where to start, I’m offering some of my insight into the field!

Don’t wait

Some students have the idea that internships are only for juniors and seniors. That idea is wrong. While it’s true that some positions do favor older candidates, there are countless others that are open to students of all grades. Okay, full disclosure: I got my first internship when I was twelve and held it for seven summers. So, please don’t tell me you’re too young for an internship. You’re not. Don’t let age hold you back from finding an internship; start looking now. Like, right now. Regardless of age, many theatres accept applications on a rolling basis, meaning there is not hard deadline. So, the sooner you apply, the better! 

Have a killer resumé and cover letter

No, I’m not talking about an acting resumé complete with your height and a headshot. I’m talking about a proper resumé that details your skills, educational background, and work experiences. You can totally still include your theatre experiences, but this isn’t all about your acting chops—it’s about you. Don’t know where to start? Check out your school’s career center for some one-on-one-guidance, or shoot me an email and I can give you some personalized pointers.

Talk to your teachers and classmates

Your professors may know someone looking for an intern (and they can probably give you a rockin’ recommendation), and your classmates might have had a killer experience at a local theatre they can rave about to you. You’ve already made so many authentic connections, so why not work with them and make something happen for yourself? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you’d be surprised what people are willing to do to help you if you just ask.

Use your resources

I’m not kidding when I say Google is your best friend when you’re looking for internships. Plug in a few key words for what you’re looking for, hit search, and you have yourself a handful of promising opportunities right there. Most theatre companies have a page specifically for internship deets and application information, so check those out! You’ll find everything from a list of an intern’s typical duties to application deadlines. Pro-tip: make a good impression and submit your application early.

Put yourself out there

Do you have a favorite theatre company? Reach out, send your resumé, and find out if they have any openings. Even if they don’t have any available positions when you ask, it establishes a relationship that could lead to opportunities in the future. And don’t be afraid of applying to a bigger theatre that probably gets more applications than your community theatre, because you never know what they’re looking for. Plus, the more internships you apply for, the more likely you’ll land one that’s perfect for you.

Let me know in the comments below what your dream internships are!

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Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m here to give busy college students a guide to navigating the modern theatre world. I’m passionate about spreading my love of theatre, traveling, and trying new things.

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