Are you a young professional or student looking to start a career in the nonprofit theatre? Do you want to meet the leaders of the field today and understand the issues they are facing? Apply to become a TCG intern and gain direct contact with TCG staff and leadership; participate in meetings, conferences, teleconferences, site visits, and program launches; and make yourself a more competitive job candidate!
As the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre, TCG offers services in line with our mission: to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG serves theatre artists and organizations by recognizing and encouraging activism, artistry, advocacy, and global citizenship. We provide professional development for theatre leaders, research and data analysis for the field, advocacy on the federal level, as well as the publication of American Theatre magazine, ARTSEARCH, and works from our award-winning book program.
Our internships are offered year-round and are generally held in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. There is no housing or stipend available, but TCG makes sure to provide other worthwhile benefits and perks. Some of these include: the unique experience of interacting with the national theatre community, networking opportunities at our field-wide convenings, practical experience in a variety of professional disciplines, free copies of American Theatre magazine, free books and plays, and discount ticket offers. Below are descriptions of the internships available at TCG, as well as information on how to apply.
Past interns have said:
- “My internship was not just clerical work, but allowed me to contribute to specific projects and to really get a feel for issues facing the non-profit theatre world as well as what it is like working on the business side of the theatre world.”
- “I really got the feeling of being a true employee, working alongside TCG professionals...you are not just an intern, but an integral player included in many meetings where your opinion is considered and you are treated as an equally valuable member of the department.”
American Theatre Magazine Intern
Intern will work closely with the staff of the magazine, assisting with a variety of editorial and administrative tasks such as fact checking, proofreading, photo research, and story planning, with the possibility of some writing assignments. Candidates must have strong journalism skills. Intern may also work with the book program, assisting in editorial duties. In addition to your résumé and cover letter, please submit two journalistic writing samples.
Artistic and International Programs Intern
TCG designs and administers grant programs for non-profit theatres and individual theatre professionals, which provide opportunities for organizational innovation and professional development. Interns assist and observe the grantmaking process and are introduced to a national network of theatres and practitioners via this work. Responsibilities include: managing records in our GIFTS grant application software; assisting with the coordination of the national peer panel selection processes, orientations, and special convenings (such as the TCG National Conference and Audience (R)Evolution Convening); facilitating communication among grantee alumni; assisting with grantee blog posts and the IM Wire Newsletter’s Going Global section; and coordinating of special topic teleconferences. An ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with office experience; copy editing skills; and fluency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. International theatre experience and proficiency in other languages is desired but not required.
Communications and Community Engagement Intern
Intern will support the Communications and Community Engagement team with communications efforts, including the editing of press releases and online platform updates; outreach; and projects related to TCG’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. TCG is committed to advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive theatre field to help transform the inequities and injustices of our broader culture. The intern will work closely with the Director of Communications and Community Engagement and the Associate Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. As needed, the intern will also work on logistics with the Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team in preparation for the annual Fall Forum and National Conference. The internship requires a highly organized and creative individual with a demonstrated commitment to theatre and/or the arts and an interest in communications and facilitating programs to advance a more inclusive field. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (both written and spoken), a collaborative working style, and the ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines are a must. Candidates should be fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Conferences and Fieldwide Learning Intern
Intern will assist the Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team in planning and producing the annual Fall Forum and National Conference. This person will support program development, attendee and vendor correspondence, registration processes, budget maintenance, and various logistics for these convenings and other TCG events as assigned. Intern will likely also work closely with the Communications and Community Engagement team and as such may be responsible for some writing and/or web update support. The internship is best suited for someone who wants to gain an understanding of the diverse and vast national theatre field and has an interest in (and potentially experience in) event producing. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and able to work in close collaboration with team members and think quickly on his or her feet. Candidates should be fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel and have excellent communication, writing, and editing skills. Candidates should also be pragmatic, curious problem solvers who have knowledge of and interest in theatre.
Intern will learn how a non-profit raises money from different funders and the different approach to each (institutional funders versus individuals). In addition, the intern will learn the format for a grant proposal for institutional funders (foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies), how to conduct prospect research on potential funders, and the complete process of cultivating donors from research to initial approach to applying to processing grants and submitting reports. The ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with office experience; fluent in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; and interested in non-profit arts fundraising.
Graphic Design Intern
Intern will have the opportunity to take part in the creative process of graphic design, turning a concept into reality. Intern will assist TCG’s Creative Director in magazine production from design to production to pre-press to web. This individual will also work closely with the Senior Designer on in-house collateral projects, designing ads, creating web graphics and producing flyers and brochures. Candidates must have strong communication design skills and possess the ability to effectively use Adobe Creative Suite. This is a very hands-on position and ideal for someone interested in building one’s graphic design portfolio. In addition to your résumé and cover letter, please send seven samples of your best work or provide us with your website URL with your application materials. Please submit all materials as PDFs, not Word documents.
Institutional Advancement and Partnerships Intern
Intern will work as part of a team to forge and maintain programmatic and funding partnerships that are core to the work TCG does for the theatre field. Intern will learn how to conduct prospective partner research, utilize best practices surrounding the cultivation of partners, write a funding proposal from initial contact to submitting reports (including projects associated with advertising, marketing, and public relations), and manage relevant databases (Raiser’s Edge and Personify). As this is a growing department that works with every other department at TCG, an ideal candidate will be a strategy-driven self-starter with theatre experience; copy editing and writing skills; and fluency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Research, Policy & Collective Action Intern
Intern will provide administrative support for the Research, Policy & Collective Action department, which focuses on arts advocacy, arts education, and field-specific research. Working as part of a three-person team, the intern will have responsibilities including collecting and organizing topical information, editing online resources, helping to craft messages to alert the field of legislative developments, and assisting with data compilation and review. The intern will work with staff to stay at the forefront of current issues and trends affecting the field and will attend staff and project meetings, as necessary. The candidate must be organized, personable, and detail-oriented and possess excellent writing and communication skills; fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; and the ability to work well both collaboratively and independently.
TCG Books Program Intern
Intern will provide editorial and administrative support for the Publications department, with particular focus on the TCG Books program. Responsibilities will include proofreading/formatting/editing of theatre-book manuscripts, updating books’ online descriptions, researching plays’ production histories and reviews, compiling metadata for new titles, and assisting with the preparation of TCG’s Books Catalog. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in departmental meetings, become familiar with the plays and writers that TCG publishes, and gain an in-depth familiarity with the publishing field. The ideal candidate is organized; detail-oriented; fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Office; has excellent writing and communication skills; and is interested in both theatre and publishing.
Whether your interests are in arts administration, production, leadership, event planning, public relations, fundraising, or artistic pursuits, you will gain valuable experience and nurture influential relationships when you become a TCG Intern.
To apply please email a résumé, writing sample (two if applying for American Theatre magazine), and cover letter indicating your 1) term availability (spring, summer, fall) and 2) primary area(s) of interest to:
TCG Internship Program
520 Eighth Avenue, 24th floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 609-5900
Fax: (212) 609-5901
Writing Samples: For your writing sample please submit a professional, non-fiction piece, ideally with content relating to the department or area of interest. For example, if you are applying for the American Theatre magazine internship, we suggest journalistic pieces; if applying for the Communications internship, we suggest a press release or communications-related piece. Please note that applicants for the American Theatre magazine internship should submit two journalistic writing samples.
Deadlines: Application materials must be submitted by the deadlines below. We may begin to fill internship positions as qualified candidates apply.
SPRING TERM (January–May 2017) DEADLINE: applications due Friday, November 11, 2016
SUMMER TERM (May–August 2017) DEADLINE: applications due Friday, March 17, 2017
FALL TERM (September–December 2017) DEADLINE: applications due Friday, July 21, 2017
If you are interested in joining TCG’s staff, please visit ARTSEARCH, TCG’s comprehensive publication of job listings in the arts.