Internships

Offered in every department, NYTW internships are geared toward college students, graduate students and recent graduates interested in careers in arts administration. The ideal candidates are driven, self-starting individuals who are interested in learning from theatre professionals and contributing to a vibrant downtown community of artists.

NYTW is committed to providing interns with structured and substantive experiential learning. Each intern is assigned to a specific department and staff supervisor. Occasional cross-departmental projects allow interns to gain insight into multiple areas of administrative work. In addition, NYTW interns gather on a regular basis for lunchtime meetings or evening mentoring events with an invited guest from the NYTW staff or the theatre community to discuss their work and share ideas.

Apply by August 8th for Fall and Full Season internships.

  • NYTW internships are part-time volunteer opportunities and typically last three to nine months.
  • Interns receive a monthly MetroCard, tickets to all NYTW productions and academic credit, where applicable.
  • Interns volunteer for a minimum of three full days per week, with occasional extra hours for assisting with productions and events. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.

Internship Descriptions

Artistic

Artistic Interns work closely with the Artistic staff, providing producing and administrative support for all artistic and workshop programming. Artistic Interns help to facilitate our Mondays @ 3 reading series; assist in the planning, budgeting and coordinating of all departmental events; and participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Interns may also be asked to contribute to The Brief, read scripts and attend performances on behalf of NYTW with other members of the artistic staff. Summer interns assist heavily in the coordination of NYTW’s Summer Residencies, which include company management responsibilities like arranging travel and lodging for artists. The Artistic Internship is a wonderful opportunity for individuals interested in learning about how a non-profit theatre functions through the lens of the artistic department. A strong work ethic, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple projects at once are essential. Enthusiasm for our various programs, passion for the artists we support and an interest in producing are highly encouraged.

Casting

Casting Interns work directly with our Casting Director to help coordinate and run auditions and maintain our casting databases. The Casting Intern communicates directly with agents, managers and actors to arrange general auditions, EPAs, summer residency casting and auditions for workshops and season productions. The Casting Intern assists with making appointments, preparing audition materials and facilitating auditions. Strong communication and organization skills are required. Interns attend and help facilitate our Mondays @ 3 reading series and participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Previous casting experience is helpful and preferred, though not required. Casting Interns volunteer a minimum of four days per week.

Education

Education Interns work closely with the Director of Education, helping to facilitate and document Learning Workshop programs, such as in-school residencies, mentoring workshops, student matinees and Mind the Gap. Education interns also coordinate the application and interview process for incoming interns and contribute to The Brief. Education Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings and provide general administrative support to the Education department. Education Interns interested in teaching often have the opportunity to observe, assist and/or lead workshops taught at our partner schools, as well as participate in the lesson planning process with teaching artists. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, knowledge of Microsoft Office, ability to handle multiple projects at once and work independently, and a passion for working with people of all ages in the arts.

Engagement

Engagement Interns work closely with the Artistic, Education and Marketing departments to cultivate conversation around all NYTW productions. This intern will be in a unique position to work across three departments and will be a key member of the team working to build relationships between the theatre and audience members. Projects will include planning and implementing social media campaigns; contributing to and helping to manage The Brief; helping to curate and produce post-show panels and discussions; identifying potential community partners; participating in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings; and coordinating the application and registration process for NYTW Master Classes and Casebook. Applicants should have strong writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to work independently and in a group, the ability to handle multiple projects at once and an interest in building a relationship between the theatre and an audience. Experience with InDesign or Photoshop is a plus, but not required.

Literary

Literary Interns work closely with the Literary Associate, engaging in dramaturgical conversations to identify work that is of interest to New York Theatre Workshop. Responsibilities include reading and evaluating scripts, attending readings and productions, scouting for emerging writers and writing coverage reports; researching and providing dramaturgical support for current and upcoming seasons; maintaining the script database, managing and corresponding with script readers and occasionally corresponding with artists and agents. Literary Interns also contribute to The Brief; attend weekly Mondays @ 3 readings; participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings; and provide administrative support as needed. Applicants should have a sense of NYTW’s aesthetic, a strong writing background, and an interest in literary management or producing. Dramaturgical experience is preferred. Candidates who are contacted for an interview may be asked to submit a writing sample.

Development

Development Interns at NYTW have the unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fundraising for one of the country’s leading nonprofit theatres by assisting the Development Department with individual, foundation, corporate and government fundraising initiatives. Working within a busy department at the heart of the organization, Development Interns interact with every NYTW department and gain significant insight on some of the most important aspects of nonprofit management. Responsibilities include assisting with the coordination of special events such as opening night parties, benefits and receptions for NYTW’s young patrons group, the 4th Street Bar Association; assisting with donor research; processing gift acknowledgements; updating the fundraising database; learning grant writing; and providing other general administrative support. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, knowledge of Excel and an interest in fundraising. Completion of coursework in fundraising or development and experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.

Finance Operations

Finance Interns are an integral part of the Internal Operations office. Major functions of the Internal Operations department include financial reporting, payroll, human resources, receivable and payable processing, box office, and development reconciliations. Interns will have the opportunity to experience bank reconciliations, box office settlements, ad hoc financial analysis, organizational research projects, and general daily operations. Applicants should be organized, independent, detail-oriented, discreet, and have a strong knowledge of Excel. A basic knowledge of accounting theory is preferred and experience with accounting software such as Financial Edge or other financial software is a plus. Ideal for those interested in non-profit finance, accounting and human resources. This position will interact with all departments, including upper management, artistic, marketing, production and development.

Marketing

Marketing Interns at NYTW are key members of the Marketing team of a cutting-edge Off-Broadway theatre company. Interns get hands-on experience with all aspects of the Marketing Department, assisting with social media, advertising, press relations, opening nights, VIP ticket requests, marketing collateral and research. Interns help communicate with NYTW members and the public about productions, programs and special offers through mailings and email blasts. They also gain experience with grassroots marketing techniques, including partnerships and promotions, audience cultivation events and social media. Marketing Interns help plan and execute special events and parties with NYTW’s young patrons group, the 4th Street Bar Association, and maintain NYTW’s press archive of articles, features and reviews. Applicants should have an interest in NYTW’s work and an enthusiasm for marketing and outreach. Experience with social media and technology a plus.

Producing

Producing Interns work directly with the Producing Manager to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of managing of one of the country’s leading non-profit theatres. Producing Interns will gain relevant experience and immediately applicable skills for a career in producing or arts management, including budgeting, contract administration, payroll, company management and box office and front of house management. Producing Interns will also learn the ins and outs of communication with all major theatrical unions and attend meetings with leaders in the field. Producing Interns may also work with the Producing Manager on special projects as they arise. Applicants should have strong attention to detail and a desire to learn about theatrical management. Due to the high level of responsibility and involvement this intern will have, this internship is ideal for Graduate Students seeking a degree in producing or arts administration. Specific hours are flexible, but the internship requires that the intern spend at least 15 hours in the office per week.

Costume Shop

Costume Shop Interns assist the Costume Shop Manager with coordination of builds and strikes, and maintenance of costumes, shop space, equipment and materials. Costume Shop Interns create and maintain NYTW’s database of costume rentals, completing research and cataloging costume pieces by fabric type, color, style and period. Costume Shop Interns have the unique opportunity to work at the heart of an intimate production team in a brand-new facility with ample possibilities for hands-on learning and projects. Costume Shop Interns also have contact and networking opportunities with a wide range of theatre professionals, including top costume designers. Candidates should have computer knowledge, research skills, strong attention to detail and an interest in learning about costume styles and periods. Basic sewing is a plus, but not required. Interns should have schedule flexibility due to the variability of production schedules. Strong applicants are self-motivated, have a sense of humor and a desire to pursue a career in costume design and/or wardrobe management.

Production/Technical Direction

Production/Technical Interns work closely with the Production Manager and Technical Director, assisting in the daily operations of the extremely active production team at NYTW. The Production/Technical Interns work in an intimate environment with ample opportunities for hands-on learning and contact with top designers, stage managers, and crew members, including access to production meetings and tech rehearsals. These interns will work in NYTW’s onsite scene shop to build carpentry skills, follow the coordination of builds and strikes, and observe maintenance of spaces, equipment and materials. In addition to experiencing the day to day aspects of an onsite production department there will also be opportunities to conduct research into different aspects of production and learn how to keep track of production budgets. Production/Technical internships are appropriate for those considering a career on the technical side of theatre. This internship will help to develop skills in construction of scenic elements as well as skills for coordinating all scenic, lighting, costume and sound needs for a production.

How to Apply

Required Documents

A cover letter/personal statement that addresses the following questions:
-What about NYTW specifically appeals to you?
-What opportunities and experiences are you looking for in an internship?
-What makes you a great fit for this internship?

A resume that lists both administrative and theatrical experience

The names and contact information for two references

For the Artistic Internship only: Two letters of recommendations

For the Engagement Internship only: A one-page non-fiction writing sample

If you are applying for more than one department, please make sure your personal statement addresses your interest in and qualifications for each department.

All materials must be submitted in a single PDF through our online application. Completed application materials should be submitted by 5pm on the date of the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Process

Once we have received your application, our office will email you to confirm receipt of your materials. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline has passed, unless otherwise indicated.

Once we have reviewed all of the applications for a particular internship season, we will contact finalists to arrange interviews. Interviews usually are scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks of the application deadline. Please indicate on your application form whether you would be available for an in-person interview at our offices. Phone or Skype interviews can be arranged for out-of-town applicants.

Please read the internship descriptions carefully before completing your application. If you have a question, consult our FAQs page before sending us an email. Phone calls with questions cannot be accepted. For inquiries, please email internships@nytw.org.

Application Tips
  • We recommend taking the time to explore our website to develop an understanding of NYTW’s work, mission, programs, aesthetic and history before completing your application.
  • You may apply for multiple departments; however, the strongest applications are those for which the candidates have articulated clear goals and a distinct interest in their department of choice. If you would like to be considered for multiple departments, please make sure your personal statement addresses your interest in and qualifications for each department.
  • All applications will be reviewed after the deadline has passed, unless otherwise indicated. Sending in your materials early shows interest and initiative, but unfortunately we cannot grant you early consideration.
  • International applicants must secure an Exchange Visitor or Foreign Student Visa to intern at NYTW. Inquire with the U.S. Embassy or the consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence about visa application procedures. International applicants must take full responsibility for arranging their travel, travel documents and housing accommodations. Please keep in mind that visa applications can take several weeks or months to obtain, and you should thoroughly research visa application procedures BEFORE you apply. If you are not eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of your internship, we will not be able to offer a monthly MetroCard.

Please refrain from calling our offices unless we have called you. Instead, email us at internships@nytw.org with any questions and/or to follow up on your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for internships?

Internship terms may vary depending on the needs of each department, but our typical internship terms are:

FULL SEASON: September through May
FALL: September through December
SPRING: January through May
SUMMER: May through August

Internship terms can sometimes be flexible and will be determined based on the needs of the department and the interns’ availability. The online application form will contain information about which departments are looking for interns for each term. Please indicate your availability on the application form.

Interns volunteer for a minimum of three full days per week, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, with occasional extra hours for assisting with productions and events. Each intern will arrange their schedule with their supervisor; scheduling needs of individual departments vary.

When will applications become available?

We accept applications two times during the year. Spring internships are announced in September, and applications are due in November. Summer, Full Year and Fall internships are announced in January, and applications are due in March.

When will I be contacted for an interview?

After you have submitted your completed application, we will confirm that we have received it via email. After the application deadline has passed, we will review all of the applications for a particular internship season and contact finalists to arrange interviews. Interviews are usually scheduled within two to four weeks of an application deadline. Please indicate on your application form whether you are available for an in-person interview at our offices. Phone or Skype interviews can be arranged for out-of-town applicants.

Can I apply for more than one department?

You may apply for multiple departments; however, the strongest applications are those for which the candidates have articulated clear goals and a distinct interest in their department of choice. If you would like to be considered for multiple departments, please indicate your preferences on your application form and make sure your personal statement addresses your interest in and qualifications for each department.

Is there a stipend?

Our internships are unpaid volunteer positions; however, we do provide interns with a monthly MetroCard to facilitate transportation around the city.

I live outside the United States. Can I apply for your internship program?

Yes, international applicants may apply. International applicants must secure an Exchange Visitor or Foreign Student Visa to intern at NYTW. Inquire with the U.S. Embassy or the consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence about visa application procedures. International applicants must take full responsibility for arranging their travel, travel documents and housing accommodations. Please keep in mind that visa applications can take several weeks or months to obtain, and you should thoroughly research visa application procedures BEFORE you apply. If you are not eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of your internship, we will not be able to offer a monthly MetroCard.

I'm still in high school. Am I eligible for your internship program?

Our internships are geared toward college students, graduate students and recent graduates transitioning into the professional world. While high school students may certainly apply, we do receive a large number of applications, so in order for your application to be competitive, we recommend waiting until you have completed a few years of college.