Hosting an Internship
Through the Intern Database and the annual Theatre Internship Fair A.R.T./New York connects member theatre organizations with interns who care about the theatre and are deeply interested in learning how theatre is made.
2017 Theatre Internship Fair
in partnership with the American Theatre Wing
Saturday, March 17, 2017
9:30am - 1:30pm
TKP New York Conference Center
109 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
The 2017 Theatre Internship fair is an opportunity for for theatre companies to meet and greet with hundreds of students seeking an internship in the theatre. All theatre companies present at the fair should be seeking interns to support their work in fields such as production, marketing, fundraising, general management, and more. While most companies are offering internships for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters, students can also find more immediate placement
Registration has closed
Things to know before registering:
- Your representative should arrive at 9:30am, to check in and set up.
- Interns will begin arriving at 10:00am
- Your company should have a representative at the table until the fair ends at 1:30pm. You are encouraged to take turns to give eachother breaks, as interns will be arriving constantly throughout the fair.
- The information you provide about your intern program when you register will be used to create a booklet that will be distributed to students as they arrive. So, it is important that the information provided be accurate.
- Students are encouraged to bring their resumes but have been informed that they should no expect full interviews at the fair. They have also been told that this is not a casting opportunity.
The A.R.T./New York Theatre Internship Fair is presented in partnership with American Theatre Wing, with generous support from the Michael Tuch Foundation, TheaterMania, and Le Moyne College.
Theatre Intern Database
This members-only resource is an archive of intern resumes that is searchable by school, graduation year, location, preferred semester, and internship focus (artistic, development, general management, marketing, and production). Member theatres can access the database at any time to facilitate their intern search.
Please keep in mind the Federally mandated minimum wage and living wage in New York City when determining Intern pay rates. A student interning for credit can also be paid by the host organization, however the position must meet the criteria for an intern/trainee and not an employee. Compensation can be paid as an hourly rate or as a stipend. Other perks, such as a Metrocard or theatre tickets, and other benefits, are of course, encouraged.
The following criteria must be applied to determine whether an internship or training program distinguishes internship status from employee status, especially for unpaid internships (U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division):
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship;
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
The nonprofit status of your organization is also a factor when it comes to labor laws regarding internships. Check out these links for more information
Skills and Tasks
The skills acquired during an internship will help the student not only to clarify his or her career goals, but will also expand upon educational experiences, and help the intern develop his or her professional resume. Some benefits of a professional internship with a NYC-based theatre are to help the intern:
- Prepare appropriate professional materials such as cover letter, resumes and develop professional portfolios, websites, or reels (for creative internships in particular).
- Cultivate relationships and network with others in their chosen field.
- Execute organization research, job search strategies, such as informational interviews and interviewing skills to help them distinguish themselves and compete in the professional marketplace.
- Engage subject matter that expands on the curriculum at their school, if applicable.
- Evaluate their professional experience, determine appropriate areas for growth and outline future goals.
All host theatres are encouraged to create a work plan and a contract for every intern they host that outlines the specific job requirements, hours, and compensation for their intern candidate. In many cases where an intern will receive school credit, the internship will have additional paperwork required by the school.
Header: David Greenspan, Ugo Chukwu, Rachel Claire, Amir Darvish, Meg MacCary and Susan Hyon in the Target Margin Theater production of The (*) Inn (photo by Erik Carter)