Internships

Upstate college-age students with an interest in theatre will benefit in working in the midst of a multi-faceted theatre. Our internships are focused in the following areas: Theatre Education/Teaching, Production, Marketing, Theatre Administration and Outreach. All internship opportunities are unpaid and do not include housing benefits.

Candidates must have a keen sense of organization and attention to detail, be a self-starter who enjoys seeing a project through to its completion, and gain satisfaction from the growth and success of various types and ages of students. Successful interns will discover the value of a layered program, consisting of theatre classes (K-12 and adult), MainStage and touring South Carolina Children’s Theatre productions, additional second stage opportunities, and fundraising.

Our internship opportunities provide an opportunity for aspiring teachers and children’s theatre professionals to participate in an intense and growing theatre education program in the context of a thriving community theatre organization.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for an internship opportunity, please send your resumes (work and theatre) and the time of year/semester you’re interested in to betsy@scchildrenstheatre.org.
 

Available Internships

 

Teaching Internship

The Teaching Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring teachers and children’s theatre professionals to participate in an intense and growing theatre education program in the context of a thriving community theatre organization. Administrative and teaching responsibilities will afford the candidate an understanding of the complex interrelationships of each facet of SCCT’s Conservatory Program. The focus will be on assisting the Education Director and instructors in the execution of tasks necessary for the smooth running of each aspect of a theatre school – from building supervision to interaction with parents and students.

Dates:

  • Fall Semester: Mid-September to Late November (varies)
  • Winter Semester: Early January to Late February
  • Spring Semester: Early March to May
  • Summer Semester: Mid-June to Mid-August

Our Conservatory classes are broken into semesters: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Interns typically work as an assistant for a weekly class for the duration of the semester (10-12 weeks). The intern selects classes based on his/her schedule and number of credit hours needed to fulfill the requirements if needed. If you’d like to sit in on a class to see how one runs and what the assistant does, please contact betsy@scchildrenstheatre.org.

 

Technical Theatre Internship

The Technical Theatre Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring actors and technical theatre professionals to participate in an intense and thriving community theatre organization. The focus will be on assisting a Mainstage Director and Stage Manager in the execution of tasks necessary for the smooth running of rehearsal, tech and performance.

Job Description:

  • Build
  • Assist with build of show
  • Prepare scenic, costume or prop pieces
  • Maintain list of borrowed materials and return when finished
  • Maintain list of people/organizations to be recognized in playbill
  • Attend all design presentation and production meetings
  • Maintain shop facilities
  • Assist in coordination of volunteer support staff
  • Pre/Post Show
  • Prepare load-in and load-out process
  • Run the show as crew if assigned
  • Restock shop materials as needed

Dates:

  • Connected to show build/run dates

 

Production Assistant Internship

The Production Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring actors and technical theatre professionals to participate in an intense and thriving community theatre organization. The focus will be on assisting a South Carolina Children’s Theatre Mainstage Director and Stage Manager in the execution of tasks necessary for the smooth running of rehearsal, tech and performance.

Job Description:

  • Rehearsal:
    • Assist director, music director, choreographer (as assigned)
    • Prepare rehearsal materials/handouts for cast
    • Maintain the production book with script adjustments, tech notes, blocking and staging notations
    • Attend all design presentation and production meetings
    • Create and distribute rehearsal reports for production team
    • Act as Rehearsal Stage Manager during rehearsal process
    • Maintain facilities
    • Assist in coordination of volunteer support staff
  • Pre/Post Show:
    • Prepare for load-in through dressing room assignments, tech needs list
    • Assist with load-in and load-out process
    • Assist young performers with mics
    • Run the show as an Assistant Stage Manager/Audio Technician
    • Act as liaison between cast members and Stage Management team

Dates:

  • Connected to show rehearsal/run dates

 

Outreach Internship

The Outreach Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring teachers and children’s theatre professionals to participate in an intense and growing theatre outreach program bringing social issue plays and workshops to the public schools system in the context of a thriving community theatre organization. The focus will be on assisting the South Carolina Children’s Theatre Know Way Administrator in the execution of tasks necessary for the smooth running of the Know Way Program serving Middle and Elementary schools with Bullying Prevention programming.

Job Description:

  • Pre-Tour:
    • Assist with show planning and preparation
    • Maintain email contact lists with current information
    • Plan and schedule in-school performances
    • Prepare materials/handouts for teachers, students, and facilitators
    • Aid in the audition process and the development of technical elements
    • Act as liaison to SCCT Marketing concerning performances, classes, workshops or events that need advertising
    • Prepare evaluation materials and coordinate plan for distribution
  • Tour:
    • Perform (either as an actor or stage manager) in touring shows
    • Assist with load-in/load-out
    • Follow up with schools during the show run
  • Post-Tour:
    • Review student and teacher evaluation forms
    • Update tour history
    • Assist in preparation of final report materials

Dates:

  • Fall Semester: Early September to December

 

Arts Administration/Marketing Internship

The Administration/Marketing Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring arts administration and/or marketing focused students to participate in an intense and growing non-profit in the context of a thriving community theatre organization. The Arts Administration will assist the Executive Director, Development Director and Office Manager in the execution of tasks. The marketing and public relations responsibilities will focus on assisting the Marketing Director to actively promote the theatre’s offerings in the community through advertising, special events, press releases, and a strategic communication plan.

Administration Job Description:

  • Prepare press releases for media outlets
  • Ensure all marketing materials are current and accurate before releasing
  • Conduct qualitative surveys to patrons of the theatre for feedback
  • Complete marketing projects for the promotion of the SCCT brand and/or for individual performances
  • Work within the theatre database to update patron information

Marketing Job Description:

  • Assist with marketing and promotional planning
  • Escort characters and/or media members during promotional events
  • Keep marketing materials organized
  • Distribute marketing materials to local partners within the community
  • Assist in volunteer assignments and schedules

 

Development Internship

The Development Internship provides an opportunity for aspiring arts administration and/or development focused students to participate in an intense and growing non-profit in the context of a thriving community theatre organization. The focus will be on assisting the Executive Director, Development Director and Office Manager in the execution of tasks necessary to secure donors and follow-up as needed.

Job Description:

  • Conduct donor research, cultivation, acknowledgement, and database management
  • Assist in obtaining individual donors for two major fundraising events
  • Serve as liaison to individual donors
  • Prepare and execute communications to new and renewing individual donors
  • Maintain donor information: data gift entry, thank you letters, donor tracking and donor benefits
  • Assist with grant research and administrative needs

 

Administrative Internship

The Administrative Internship responsibilities will afford the proper candidate a vast understanding of the day to day operations in an office environment while supporting multiple staff members and interacting with families.

Job Description:

  • Prepare for auditions, orientations and parent meetings
  • Prepare for shows
  • Prepare for volunteer projects
  • Research potential playbill advertisers
  • Assist with season ticket renewals
  • Assist in selling playbill ads
  • Help with special events