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The Signature Theatre
Internship Program

Signature Theatre’s Internship Program offers undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career professionals the opportunity to work alongside professional artists and managers at the forefront of New York City not-for-profit theatre.

 

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 administrative duties. As a Signature intern, you are completely integrated into the daily functions of the company and are considered a vital member of our team. You will work closely with your department, participating in all department meetings, as well as all-staff events and special events.

Signature Seminars

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.

Signature Mentorship

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

You may receive school credit for your internship. You will also 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

Commitment:
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.

Deadlines:
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 internships@signaturetheatre.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
• Resume
• 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

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:

Artistic
Business Management
Company Management
Digital Media
Development
Facilites
General Management
Literary
Marketing
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.

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?
Not necessarily; 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.

Is academic credit, and/or housing available?

Signature interns may obtain academic credit. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide housing.

What if I have additional questions?
Please email any questions you may have to our Internship Coordinator at internships@signaturetheatre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

IMAGE: Bill Heck in The Orphans' Home Cycle by Horton Foote. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.