The Ground Floor provides a summer internship program for highly motivated, responsible individuals who want to delve into the world of new play development at a major regional theatre. Interns will be fully immersed in the daily operations of the Summer Residence Lab and will rotate between artistic (artistic/rehearsal assistants) and administrative (artist services/hospitality) assignments (click here for more information on The Ground Floor). In addition to developing and honing their skills, interns will have many opportunities to interact with Berkeley Rep staff and summer residency guest artists, including participating in meet and greets, Q&As and observing readings.
During the summer residency program, interns will rotate between two learning experiences. During their one week artistic/rehearsal rotation, interns will be guided by our artistic and literary staff in supporting a smooth rehearsal and/or writing process for our guest artists. During the artist services/hospitality rotation, interns will be a key liaison between visiting theatre artists, the Berkeley Rep staff and the Berkeley community. Mentored by the management and production staff, interns will learn the basics of how to create and foster a welcoming environment that is conducive for artists to develop their work.
Applicants should have excellent organizational and time management skills, proficiency with basic Microsoft Office programs, the ability to work well with a variety of people, a valid drivers’ license, as well as knowledge of the theatre. Prior stage management skills are a plus. Interns should be prepared (as do we all at the Summer Lab) to work long hours from time to time. Sense of humor, flexibility and maturity are essential. Must be 21 years or older.
Please note: All internships involve driving and the applicant must have an acceptable driving record as approved by our insurance representatives. All internships are contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
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A complete application consists of:
Please email ALL items (in one email) to email@example.com, no later than February 17, 2013. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified.
Letters of recommendation are neither required nor expected. Please do not call to check on the status of your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
If your school would like to translate your internship experience into academic units, Berkeley Rep is happy to work with your school advisor. Please provide any paperwork with your application.
Berkeley Rep provides a small stipend to assist with daily expenses, including transportation. The stipend is $400 (total), for 4 weeks of the internship.
There is no housing available. There is free street parking available adjacent to our offices.
Berkeley Rep is only able to accept applicants who have taken care of the necessary documents to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The Theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. For more information, please contact the United States embassy in your country.
Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer and believes strongly in affirmative action. Berkeley Rep’s staff reflects the diversity of the Bay Area and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.
Questions? Email the staff of The Ground Floor at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
This internship is aimed for applicants looking to make the jump from the academic world to the professional world of theatre. While a college degree is not required, we ask that applicants have some practical knowledge and experience in theatre. We do not accept high school students.
For maximum learning opportunities, The Ground Floor internships are designed around the regular workings of the Summer Residency Lab and we expect them to take up 40+ hours per week with a schedule that may vary day-to-day. We strongly recommend against holding an outside job during this internship.
Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll