Here at Algonquin Arts Theatre we give our students a chance to work with a lot of hands-on projects that will allow them to grow and create as individual artists. This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice personal integrity, inspire creatively, work together, take risks, foster self-esteem and an appreciation for the performing arts.
Opportunities for volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the community or to earn credit and experience through student honor societies, performing arts high school requirements and thespian societies. Opportunities are even available to our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops of Ocean and Monmouth County. Scout functions can be arranged to help your troop earn hours of work service. We even offer Scout tours of the theatre; customize workshops based on a visual or performing arts experience.
The Algonquin is now hiring interns to work in a variety of capacities. Interns will have opportunities to learn all components of theatrical management and production: from development and marketing; to lighting, sound, and costumes; as well as box office and front office administration.
Algonquin internships are for individuals who desire a challenging and practical experience in the real world. Here at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, we give our interns a chance to work with a lot of hands-on projects that will allow them to grow and create as individual artists. In addition to assuming staff level responsibilities, interns can also expect to perform basic, everyday tasks such as answering phones, staffing events, working in the box office, ushering and/or assisting the marketing department with poster runs. These tasks are not the primary focus of the internship, but are essential for the smooth operation of the theater. Interns may also be invited to attend selected staff, board and committee meetings to increase their understanding of how a theater operates.
Compensation & Credit
Interns are not paid, however, they receive other valuable perks such as industry contacts, professional development opportunities, complimentary tickets, invitations to meet and greets and more. Academic credit is at the discretion of the sponsoring college or university and is arranged by the individual intern. The appropriate Algonquin Arts supervisor evaluates the intern's performance as required by the college or university. Interns may also request to receive a letter of recommendation for future employers.
Interns are asked to commit to at least 8 weeks during the summer season (June-August), 4-5 days per week, 6 hours per day. During the fall (September-December) and winter/spring (February-May) semesters, interns are asked to commit to 2-3 days per week, 4 hours per day. Hours are flexible. The types of internships available will vary each season, but there are generally opportunities in the area of theater administration such as marketing, development, education and operations.
The Algonquin Arts Theatre Internship program is for students or early career applicants, who have a strong interest in the theatre arts, be a minimum 16 years of age and the ability to provide a resume and two references. Experience is not necessary.
For more information, please contact Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development/Special Events Internship:
This internship is designed to acquaint an individual with the fundamentals of fundraising for a theatre, including individual, corporate, foundation, government and capital giving. You will gain an understanding of how to write effective grant proposals and work on projects that will range from planning, organizing and executing special fundraising events, to donor gift processing, involvement with the annual gala and various mail campaigns.
As a student leader you are a role model amongst the students who attend our academy. Your job title may include organizing classes, assisting with lesson planning, and assistant directing and teaching. There is plenty of opportunity to work behind the scenes by learning the process of putting a performance together. The process includes running a performance and collaborating costume, set, prop, lighting and music ideas with the various instructors. Some of our students have interned as stage managers and assistant directors as well.
This person will be a vital part of the marketing team and gain extensive experience in marketing, sales and design. This would be an opportunity to not only learn by doing but also network and build a trajectory as a professional marketer or communications consultant in the arts. This internship will provide experience with all facets of publicity, promotion, branding, social and direct-mail marketing essential to the ticket sales of a performing arts center. You will also assist with the programming for upcoming seasons and box office operations.
Production Internships are available depending on our production calendar, but generally 3-4 times a year. This person can expect to be involved in all areas of stagecraft: set construction, painting, sound, lighting, and in some cases, costumes and props. Candidates should have some knowledge of scenic carpentry and a background in technical theater.
*Not always available.