Santa Cruz Shakespeare Internships

Thank you for your interest in the SCS Internship Program! We are now accepting applications for a limited number of Production Internships only. If you have any questions, please contact us at intern@santacruzshakespare.org.

To apply, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

During the 2021 Season we will provide internships in the following categories:

  • Production: SCS accepts costume design, costume shop, wardrobe, lighting, prop, and production management interns. As a production intern you will work directly under the Costume Shop Manager, Master Electrician, Props Master, or Production Manager based on your interest.
    • Costume Design: Interns are selected to support season costume designers on one summer production each. Responsibilities vary with each designer and can include the following: assist in finalization of the costume designs for season, including rendering/sourcing/researching; pull rehearsal costumes; shop for costumes, fabric, notions, etc. online or in reality; attend production meetings; organize costume plot, ditty bags, inventory sheets; attend run-throughs and dress rehearsals to support costume designer. 
    • Costume Shop: Preparation and execution of costumes for the summer productions. Skills in sewing, stitching, and construction preferred.
    • Wardrobe: Assists in preparation of wardrobe facilities and tracks for summer season. Maintains costumes by cleaning, steaming, and ironing. Fitting costumes onto actors and assists in dressing actors before and during performances.
    • Lighting: Participates in load-in and focus for season productions. Shadows Master Electrician and lighting designer during technical rehearsals.
    • Sound: Participates in load-in. Shadows the Sound Engineers and Sound Designer. 
    • Props: Participates in the build of properties for each show. Assists in maintaining the prop shop and storage. Skills in carpentry, paint, and sewing. 
    • Production Management: Assists with production planning, technical rehearsal support, attending production meetings, budget tracking, completing research projects, and other management tasks. Skills in administration, technical theater, organization, and communication.
  • Administrative: 1 enthusiastic arts administrative intern will be accepted for the season. The admin intern will have hands on experience with the ins and outs of running a theatre company. The admin intern will help in Marketing, Development, Education, and general theatre administrative tasks. If the admin intern is interested in pursing theater education, there are opportunities to develop lesson plans, production resource guides, and more.
  • NOTE: In 2021, we are not accepting internships in Acting, Stage Management, Directing, Dramaturgy, Social Media, or Graphic Design.

Key Summer Dates:

  • Shops Begin Work: June 2021
  • Rehearsals Begin: June 29, 2021
  • Season Opens: July 24/25, 2021
  • Season Closes: August 29, 2021 or September 5, 2021 (depending on the show)
    • Semi-flexible internship start and end dates

We will be notifying applicants by April 2021 if you are selected for an internship for the 2021 Summer Season. Please note that internships are unpaid, and you will be responsible for finding your own housing. 

Application Information

All applicants must apply via the online application which includes contact information, the upload of a 500 word or less personal statement, and resume. All applicants also must provide the names and contact information for three references, along with a brief description of their relationship with the referrer.

The personal statement should be 500 words or less and may include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, your experience and/or education in theatre, and the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for an internship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your resume or references.

Additional Materials

Costume Design Internship Applicants should submit an electronic portfolio of work either with the online application, by providing a website address, or by emailing a file.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alexandra Carr, Intern Coordinator.

2021 Internship Application

  • Please select the internship category you are applying for.
  • References

    All applicants must provide the name, email, and phone number for three references, along with a brief description of their relationship with the referrer.
  • Personal Statement and Resume

    This statement should be 500 words or less and may include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, your experience and/or education in theatre, and the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for an internship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your resume or references. Please also upload a current resume (required of all applicants).
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf.
  • required for all applicants
  • Additional Materials

    Design Internship Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio of work, either submitting a website address below, uploading a portfolio (file size no larger than 5MB total), or emailing your portfolio to intern@santacruzshakespeare.org. Acting Interns must audition. Refer to the guidelines stated on the internship information page on our website.
  • (optional)
  • Drop files here or