TCG's Internship Program
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, 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 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 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 and should submit a writing sample when applying. Intern may also work with the book program, assisting in editorial duties.
Communications and Conferences Intern
Intern will learn how a non-profit raises money from different funders and the different approach to each (institutional funders versus individuals). In addition, this individual 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 about 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.
Executive Office Intern
This position assists TCG's executive office with all aspects of board management, including maintaining the online board information manual, communicating with board committees about meetings and follow-up activity, attending and taking notes at board meetings. TCG’s board is a diverse group of individuals from across the nation. The internship will provide invaluable hands-on learning about the workings of a non-profit board, as well as trends in the theatre field today. The intern will support additional executive office projects as needed, including helping with the timeline for TCG’s strategic plan. This candidate should be a mature, organized, self-starter with office experience, fluent in MS Word, Excel and Outlook and interested in non-profit arts.
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 resume 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.
International and Artistic 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: record management in our GIFTS grant application software; assisting with the coordination of national peer panel selection processes, orientations and special convenings (such as TCG National Conference and Audience (R)Evolution Convening); facilitating communication among grantee alumni; assisting with grantee blog posts and 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 fluent in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. International theatre experience and proficiency in other languages is desired, but not required.
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, responsibilities will include 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, detail-oriented, possess excellent writing and communication skills, be fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and work well both collaboratively and independently.
TCG Books Program Intern
Intern will provide administrative support for the Publications department, with particular focus on the TCG Books program. Responsibilities will include editing and updating books’ online descriptions, researching plays’ production history 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 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 essay, ideally with content relating to the department or area of interest. For example, if you are applying for the American Theatre internship we suggest an editorial piece; if applying for the Communications/Conferences internship we suggest a press release or communications related piece.
Deadlines: Application materials must be submitted by the deadlines below:
SPRING TERM EXTENDED DEADLINE (January - May 2016): applications due Friday, December 18, 2015
SUMMER TERM DEADLINE (May - August 2016): applications due Friday, March 18, 2016
FALL TERM DEADLINE (September - December 2016): applications due Friday, August 12, 2016
If you are interested in joining TCG's staff, please visit ARTSEARCH, TCG's comprehensive publication of job listings in the arts.