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Internship & Apprenticeship Programs

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

Goodspeed Musicals' Administrative Internship & Student Volunteer Program is a training ground for aspiring theatre professionals that welcomes qualified applicants from colleges and universities across the country. Administrative Interns and Student Volunteers receive unparalleled experiential learning and networking opportunities, complimentary tickets to Goodspeed productions and productions at other theatres across the state, college credit* through an academic institution, regular seminars taught by Goodspeed staff members, a tour of Goodspeed’s facilities, access to the world-renowned Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and educational opportunities tailored to interns’ or volunteers' individual interests. Each administrative department determines hours and commitment for internship and volunteer positions individually. All internships are unpaid and come with no guarantee of future employment.

*Administrative Interns must receive academic credit in order to participate in the program. Student Volunteers must join The Goodspeed Guild in lieu of receiving credit from an academic institution.

INTERN REQUIREMENTS:

  • The intern must be enrolled in an educational institution beyond the high school level.
  • The intern must provide a letter or alternative documentation from an educational institution stating that the internship is being completed for educational purposes and that the intern is earning credit for completing the internship. (Required before your internship begins.) If you cannot receive internship credit, see Student Volunteer section below.
  • The intern must be able to provide their own transportation and local housing (except Company Management Intern).

STUDENT VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:

  • The volunteer is NOT required to be earning credit for the experience, but must pay $10 in dues to join The Goodspeed Guild.
  • The volunteer must be able to provide their own transportation and local housing (except Company Management volunteer).

TO APPLY:

CLICK HERE to fill out the online application. The application will ask you to upload the following: 

  • Cover letter that includes a statement about what you expect to learn and contribute through a Goodspeed internship or volunteer position.
  • Résumé.
  • Contact information for 3 references.

If you have any questions, please contact Goodspeed's Education & Outreach Manager, Erin Lafferty at elafferty@goodspeed.org or 860.873.8664 x521. 

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

PRODUCING

The Producing Department mentors the Producing Intern/Volunteer to assist in bringing a Goodspeed production from inception to the stage. The Producing Intern/Volunteer will have the opportunity to analyze and review script submissions; attend auditions, rehearsals, and production meetings; preview performances; complete general correspondence; perform clerical work; and fulfill other tasks as assigned. The Producing Intern/Volunteer is required to have excellent writing, communication, and research skills, as well as computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

Offered on a rolling basis.

EDUCATION AND LIBRARY

Goodspeed Education & Library Interns/Volunteers work out of the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, the only library exclusively dedicated to musical theatre in the world. Interns have the opportunity to complete an array of Scherer Library-related projects including processing collections, digitizing, fulfilling research requests, and providing dramaturgical support. Depending on the season, the Education & Library Department will mentor interns/volunteers to assist with the Arts Education Collaboration, Theatre Access Across Connecticut residency program, and various Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute programs. Ideal candidates will be studying theatre, arts administration, or library science and have experience working in one or more of these areas.

Offered on a rolling basis.  

MANAGEMENT

Goodspeed Musicals’ General Manager and Executive Director mentor the Management Intern/Volunteer to assist with the administration of the regional theatre widely recognized as “The Home of the American Musical.” Through this position, the Management Intern/Volunteer will be exposed to season and strategic planning, day-to-day fiscal operations, development initiatives, human resource and personnel management, contract negotiations, and best practices policymaking. Additionally, the intern will be responsible for providing general administrative office support and will be asked to complete additional tasks as assigned. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication, the ability to multi-task, problem-solving skills, a willingness to receive and apply feedback, and a basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. Graduate students focusing on entertainment law or arts administration are strongly encouraged to apply.

Offered on a rolling basis.  

MARKETING/PR

The Marketing/Public Relations Department mentors the Marketing/PR Interns/Volunteers to assist with special events, photo shoots and press events; writing and editing copy; press release editing; maintaining press and photo archives; poster and brochure distribution; updating the press and patron list database; distributing audience surveys; and posting photo galleries on the website and social media sites. The Marketing/PR Intern/Volunteer is required to have completed at least one year of college, should have strong writing skills, pay great attention to detail, and have computer proficiency in the following: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop/InDesign (preferred, but not required). Applicants will occasionally be asked to intern/volunteer during evening and/or weekend events.

Offered on a rolling basis.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

The Company Management Department mentors interns/volunteers to assist with the day-to-day details of the company’s professional lives. This includes travel, housing, health and well-being, hospitality and an overall obligation to helping the artists integrate into the Goodspeed and surrounding community. Interns/volunteers gain valuable experience from a great deal of responsibilities which may include providing transport to/from train stations or airports, troubleshooting housing related needs, facilitating workers comp related appointments and monitoring performances. Interns/volunteers are expected to be available after-hours and have on-call assignments on a regular basis.

Strong candidates should be ambitious, self-motivated and be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment with complex circumstances and a wide range of personalities. Applicants must demonstrate solid organizational skills, computer efficiency and a strong sense of humor and maturity. Interns/Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Due to the nature of responsibilities, Company Management Interns/Volunteers must live in provided company housing.

Offered on a rolling basis. 

 

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