Piven Theatre Workshop Internship Program
Internships at Piven Theatre workshop are designed for college students and young professionals looking to grow and develop their skills in arts administration. Interns will gain exposure and experience in arts management as a whole, with a focus on their chosen or assigned department. Internships are currently available in the following focus areas: Audience Services/Audience Development, Development and Events, Education, Marketing, and Production. Interns will be fully integrated into the daily work at Piven, and will be mentored by a member of the Piven Staff.
Currently, these internships are unpaid and we are unable to provide travel compensation. However, in addition to personal mentorship and a full-picture approach to intern development, interns may receive college credit, one class voucher and two tickets to a production in the school year in which the internship occurs. Piven Theatre Workshop is located in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, and is easily accessible via the CTA Purple line Noyes stop.
Requirements for Piven Interns
- ● Possesses a basic understanding of arts administration, and a basic understanding of the function of each department
- ● Proficient in MS Office, and intermediate computer skills
- ● Has a driven positive attitude, is self-sufficient, a fast learner, and has excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- ● Possess a passion f or the arts, and is preferably pursuing or has pursued theatre as an area of study
- ● Availability of 10-15 hours per week
- ● Access to a car a plus - Piven-related travel can be reimbursed (not day to day, but specific job-related trips)
- ● Other requirements as outlined by the specific intern focus description
- ● Application Form (a writeable PDF), available here
- ● Professional Resume
- ● Cover Letter
- ● Short (one page or less) writing sample for interns wishing to focus on Audience Services/Audience Development, Development/Events, and Marketing.
Intern Focus Descriptions
Audience Services/Audience Development
Fall or Spring
Fall: Build audience for winter and spring productions. Lead building and audience research, research group sales opportunities and outreach opportunities. Work with marketing intern to create audience-building PR/social media pieces, and research community partnerships. Spring: Maintain ticketing database, enter new ticket requests into the system, create weekly patron reports, work with the Marketing intern to create and distribute promotional materials for productions.. Possibility to train with the Box Office/Front of House Manager
Fall or Spring
Maintain and update donor database, research corporate and foundation funding sources, research grant opportunities, help draft request materials and other development-aimed outreach materials. Aid in implementing fundraising campaign strategies, and will serve on the development committee as needed. During Fall session, this internship will culminate in the creation and distribution of our annual fund campaign. During Spring session, this internship will culminate in our annual Gala in Mid-May (intern must have availability for this date, specifics TBD). Interns wishing to focus on this area should have excellent computer skills, and should be comfortable dealing with large amounts of data.
Fall, Spring, or Summer Sessions
Maintain and develop our social media outlets, research new marketing avenues, implement assigned sections of Piven’s internal marketing plan, and organize marketing material distribution. Will work closely with the school and audience services staff/interns to create and execute event-specific marketing strategy.
Fall, Spring, or by Production
Interns who choose a Production focus can choose to either have a Session-long internship or a Production-specific internship (the Improv Series or Melancholy Play: a chamber musical). For a Session-long internship, they will work closely with our Production Coordinator to keep work in our professional theatre moving smoothly by: maintaining our inventory of props, costumes, and set pieces, developing our space rental programs, and coordinating administrative production needs. For a Production-specific internship, the intern will be present in the rehearsal room, and may fill in any number of roles as needed, at the direction of the Stage Manager or Producer.
Fall, Spring, or Summer
Interns in the school administration track will focus on the wider scope of our school – handling student registration, analyzing student trend data, scheduling future classes, and working closely with our School Administrator to maintain and develop our education strategy. This intern may also work closely with the marketing and development interns to promote and grow our school.