Steps to Gain Academic Credit
The Theater Arts Department supports appropriate credit-bearing internships for interested Brandeis undergraduates, regardless of major or minor program through THA 92a Internship & Analysis.
Students who have previously had an internship in Theatre Arts and want to get credit for that experience OR want a future internship for credit must enroll in THA 92a. Sample course requirements of an internship experience include: daily process and reflection journal, goals and expectations essay prior to beginning work, and a final paper to reflect and process the internship experience.
Contact Professor Jennifer Cleary for more information on enrolling in THA 92a.
The Brandeis Theater Company at Brandeis University supports and encourages students to participate as fully as they can in our production and course experiences within the University. However, experience in a professional theatrical setting not only provides students with real-world insight, but it also allows for students to begin building their resumes and start networking before graduation. Many of our students who participate in internships find that they are often invited back by their respective employers to intern again or to interview for employment upon graduation. Further, Brandeis Theater Arts Students are well-known in the Boston Theater Community and beyond, because of their dedication, commitment, and passion to their work in the theatre.
While students may participate in an appropriate internship during the academic year, many find that the summer months, along with the many professional summer stock theatre companies across the country, provide them with a plethora of summer internship experiences to choose from. Many summer theatres have established internship programs and will provide room and board for their interns, either in return for work or for a small fee. Some internships offer stipends to their interns, as well as workshops tailored for educating the developing theatre professional. The summer months also give students the chance to work full-time and intensively as a member of a theatre comapany's staff, as an intern in acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage management, theatre management, education, marketing, public relations, development, casting, theatrical design, theatre production, technical theatre, carpentry, electrics, painting, props, etc.
Past Internship Sites:
- Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA
- American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA
- New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, MA
- The Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge, MA
- Cornerstone Theater Company Los Angeles, CA
- Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston, MA
- Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Bridgeport, CT
- Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, MA
- The Theater Offensive, Cambridge, MA
- Adirondack Theatre Festival Glenn Falls, NY
- Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA
- Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
- Stella Adler Studio, New York, NY
- Lionsgate, Santa Monica, CA
- Dramatic Problem Solving, San Jose, Costa Rica
- Good Morning America, New York, New York
- New York Stage and Film, New York, New York
- The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Madison, New Jersey
- Round House Theater, Montgomery County, Maryland
- Vineyard Playhouse, Vineyard Haven, MA
- MTV Networks, New York, New York
- Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, VT
- Speakeasy Stage Company Boston, MA
What students say about their internships:
"I was responsible for helping the Director of Development and Special Events Manager in planning a major fund raising event in May. I was also responsible for setup and execution of an online auction site as well as donation tracking, donor relationships, and acknowledgments. I very much enjoyed being in Boston twice a week and even liked going out on assignments, as these opportunities gave me the chance to see the city. Commuting on the T was an experience that I’m glad I had also. [The one thing I learned from my internship that I would want to pass on to future students is that the] people you work with really affect the experience you have on a daily basis in the work environment, so take the office “vibe” into account when you are applying for an internship!" -Huntington Theatre Company ~ Linguistics Major & Theatre Arts Minor
"At my internship I organized headshots, made photocopies, organized the office and put together packets. I also printed out on line articles and did mailings. My internship was a great overall experience and I learned a lot about professional theater. [My advice to future interns] is to know exactly what it is you are going to be doing at your internship, to the best of your ability, so you are not surprised. I saw how a professional theater runs and it has pushed me to continue to study theater." -American Repertory Theatre ~ Theater Arts Major