The goals of our program are to provide you, the Intern, with valuable insight into various career paths, facilitate opportunities to make professional contacts, and equip you with marketable skills for future academic programs and employment opportunities in theatre and not-for-profit management. Our comprehensive program provides hands-on experience in theatre administration and production, through such features as our Signature Seminars, Signature Mentorship, and the In-House Meeting Swap.
A Signature Intern
A Signature intern will gain experience primarily through hands-on involvement in departmental or organizational projects and by participating in various day-to-day operations. As a Signature intern, you are completely integrated into the company and are considered a vital member of our team. You will participate in all department meetings, as well as all-staff events and special events.
Signature Seminars provide interns with the opportunity to deepen their engagement and gain exposure to skills outside their department. Many seminars are informal discussions with key Signature staff, including the Founding Artistic Director, Executive Director, Department heads, and others. In these sessions, interns may learn about staff members’ career trajectories, perspectives on the industry, and may gain insight into the exciting work happening at Signature. Other seminars take the form of workshops, in which staff members work interactively with interns to develop skills in resume and cover letter writing, fundraising, production management, and more.
Midway through your time at Signature, you will be paired with a mentor. Through check-ins with the Internship Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to discuss your interests and request specific mentors. The mentorship program is intended to help develop relationship-building skills and foster professional relationships that may last beyond your time here at Signature.
In-House Meeting Swaps
To accommodate any growing interests and curiosities developed as you uncover the various facets of Signature Theatre, we've added In-House Meeting Swaps to provide a direct look into the mechanics of each department, no matter your primary internship department. For example, if you're an Artistic Intern with a budding interest in fundraising, you will have the chance to sit-in on Development team meetings. Or, if you are a General Management Intern, and want to experience a Production meeting, you will be more than welcome to attend!
Benefits FOR a Signature Intern
As a Signature intern, you will receive a monthly MetroCard for the duration of your internship, and may also receive school credit for your internship in accordance with your institution’s crediting requirements. You will have the opportunity to attend Signature special events, including First Rehearsals, Invited Dress Rehearsals, Opening and Closing Nights, Signature Alumni Nights, and Staff and Artist Talkbacks.
In addition, interns will have the opportunity to reserve complimentary tickets to all Signature productions (restrictions apply), as well as complimentary and discounted tickets to shows and performances throughout New York City.
APPLICATION & DEADLINES
Internships are offered in Fall (September to December), Spring (January to May), and Summer (June to August) sessions. Full-time interns must be available for a minimum of 40 hours per week, while part-time interns must be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We will begin reviewing applications for the Fall session in July, for the Spring session in October, and for the Summer session in January.
A Complete Application:
To apply, please email completed applications to our Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer applications be sent as a single PDF file, including at least one letter of recommendation. If your recommendation provider prefers to submit the letter confidentially, please ask them to submit it via email, and to include your full name in the subject line.
Applications must include:
• Signature Internship Application Form, found below:
• Cover Letter
• At Least One Letter of Recommendation
• A Non-Creative Writing Sample of approximately 500 to 1000 words (required for Artistic and Literary Internships, only)
• An example of previous editing or film work (required for Digital Media Internships, only)
Interviews for internship positions are required. We strongly prefer in-person interviews, but can arrange for phone interviews, if necessary.
For more information, please refer to our detailed internship descriptions, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
SIGNATURE THEATRE INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
Signature Theatre offers internships in the following departments:
Development and Special Events
General Management/Company Management
The Artistic Intern will learn alongside the Artistic department as it coordinates current and future season programming related to Signature productions, developmental readings/workshops, supplemental programming events, and select special events. The Artistic Intern will interact regularly with Artistic department staff.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INTERN
The Business Management intern will learn alongside the Finance department which oversees STC’s entity-wide financial and human resource operations. Major responsibilities of the Finance Department include managing and analyzing short-term and long-term organizational budgets, performing daily financial and office operations, drafting and implementing organization-wide policies and procedures, including all employment policies, and managing the human resource function for the organization. The Business Management intern will have opportunities to learn about these areas, and interact regularly with internal and external resources, including other departments, vendors, and consultants. The ideal intern will possess a strong desire to pursue a career financial management or human resources.
The Costume Intern will learn alongside the Costume Shop as they work to build and acquire costumes for 2 productions each cycle. The intern will have an opportunity to be under the guidance of the Costume Shop Manager and in association with professional costume designers, drapers and stitchers. There will also be opportunities to interact with and learn from directors, designers and stage managers as well as seeing many aspects of the costume and wardrobe departments. The ideal applicant should possess a strong desire to pursue a career in theatre and Costuming.
DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN
The Development Intern will learn alongside the Development Department as they work to fundraise for current and upcoming seasons and the Signature Ticket Initiative. Interns will have opportunities to learn about Signature’s different areas of fundraising which include: Corporate, Government, Individual, and Institutional Gifts, as well as, Special Events.
DIGITAL MEDIA INTERN
The Digital Media Intern will learn alongside the Content track of the Marketing Department which focuses on video editing, shooting, and publishing to the website. Digital Media also encompasses the creation of content, which includes taking photos of events at Signature, transcoding and archiving video, and recording high quality audio interviews. Digital Media interns will have opportunities to learn about the above and how to use programs such as Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Soundtrack/Audition, and Motion.
The Facilities Intern will learn alongside the Facilities Department which manages the strategic and tactical building operations and building infrastructure maintenance. The Facilities Department also supports the production and events management teams by ensuring any facilities functions are coordinated effectively into the performance and events schedule. The Facilities Intern will have opportunities to learn about major facility systems and their maintenance, coordination and scheduling of a multi-venue facility, and vendor analysis and selection.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT/COMPANY MANAGEMENT INTERN
The General Management/Company Management Intern will learn alongside the General Management Department as they draft contracts, generate union reports, take care of the show companies, facilitate staff and company ticketing, plan events, coordinate company housing and travel needs, and track weekly ticket sales.
Alongside the Literary department, the Literary Intern will learn about season planning, production dramaturgy, supplemental programming, and the production of Signature’s publications and lobby displays. Interns will gain exposure to play and production coverage, the playwright selection process, Signature’s in-house magazine and touchscreens, dramaturgical research, talkbacks, panel discussions, Signature Book Club, and more. The intern will also interact directly with Signature playwrights and artists.
The Marketing Intern will learn alongside the Content track of the Marketing Department which directs the advertising efforts of Signature Theatre through both printed and digital mediums. This content includes video trailers, the in-house magazine, marketing e-blasts, website content, and printed ads and collateral. The Marketing Department also coordinates Signature’s social media presence, press relations, and Signature’s Café & Bar. The Marketing Department works alongside Audience Services in supporting ticket sales efforts and developing the audience experience. The Marketing intern will have visibility to all marketing operations, and will interact regularly with internal and external resources to learn about Signature’s marketing, ticketing, and audience services efforts.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INTERN
The Production Management intern will have the opportunity to learn alongside experienced theatre professionals in production management, technical direction, lighting, costumes, and sound and video. The intern will learn about creating and maintaining production schedules and budgets and have the opportunity to see a production from the design inception through to the realization of the production on stage. There will also be opportunities to interact with and learn from directors, designers and stage managers. The ideal applicant should possess a strong desire to pursue a career in theatre and production management.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What internships does Signature offer?
We offer internships in the following areas, although availability of positions will vary: Artistic, Company Management, Digital Media, Development/Special Events, Finance, General Management, Literary, Marketing, and Production Management.
Do I need to submit a writing sample with my application?
Writing samples are required only for Artistic and Literary internships.
What kind of writing sample should I submit?
Your writing sample should be critical in nature, non-creative, and ideally between 500 and 1000 words. Examples may include a short essay, article, or review. We ask you please refrain from submitting creative writing samples, including short stories and excerpts.
Are stipends, academic credit, and/or housing available?
We strongly encourage currently enrolled students or students seeking credit to apply for our internships. Signature will help interns meet the credit requirements of their individual school but all arrangements for credit must be made by the intern. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide housing or stipends. A monthly MetroCard will be provided for the duration of the internship.
What is the best time to submit my application?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, we will begin reviewing applications for the Fall in July, for the Spring in October, and for the Summer in January.
Do the internships have exact start and end dates?
All start and end dates are flexible. We do ask to please indicate your availability in your cover letter or application form.
Do I need previous experience?
No. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated a strong interest in theatre, either in school or professionally. Signature interns possess a wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and experience.
Are the internships full- or part-time?
We offer both full-time and part-time internships. Our administrative office hours are Monday-Friday from 10am - 6pm.
Full-time interns must be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, while part-time interns must be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
During the Production Season, Artistic, Production Management, and Company Management interns will be expected to participate in, and assist with, rehearsals and performances outside of regular office hours.
What if I have additional questions?
Please email any questions you may have to our Internship Coordinator at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
IMAGE: Bill Heck in The Orphans' Home Cycle by Horton Foote. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.