A few local internships are available during the school year at the Hangar, State and Kitchen Theatres and with the Cornell Concert Series as well as in the summer at the Tin Can Fantasy Factory. A wide variety of internship opportunities is available to Ithaca College students. Summer internships at stock or regional theaters, at casting and talent agencies in large cities, and in commercial and nonprofit theater offices are among the most popular internships. However, some of our students take advantage of full-semester, 12-credit internships as well. Management students frequently find placements for themselves (read below!), often in New York City, and B.A. drama students have the time to take a full semester away from the home campus as well. Most of the latter have taken stage management internships at the McCarter and George Street Playhouse, and one senior B.A. student recently interned at the Vineyard Theatre in Manhattan, reading new scripts.
Internships are available at the College’s London Center as well, in areas from set construction to casting, from management to dramaturgy. Students usually sign on for three-credit internships during the London semester.
All areas of the department post internship notices on callboards as well as bulletin boards maintained by the separate degree programs. In addition, faculty and staff regularly encourage students to include internships as part of their undergraduate career at Ithaca College.
For information regarding internships, please consult the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog. Credit for internships cannot be received retroactively.
Here are some reports from Theatre Arts Management (TAM) students of their experiences interning in the field:
I am the PR/Marketing intern for an outdoor Summer theater that is city owned. Basically my day to day activities include writing press releases for the 60 plus concerts this summer, creating radio spots, assisting patrons at events, thinking of creative ways to get patrons to attend, and I also deal with anything that has to do with how the media or public views the park. I also make a lot of copies and do a lot of labeling! My favorite part is probably sitting in on all of the staff and production meetings. This is where I get to witness how the theater is run and how the different departments communicate.
I'm working as the Marketing & Development Intern at the New Repertory Theatre (newrep.org) in Watertown, MA. So far, I've had the opportunity to research foundations, review grant letters, design invitations, write thank-you letters, contact advertisers, and design a new page for their website. I've also worked with their ticketing system to update information on patrons (I came across Katharine McPhee, Eliza Dushku, and John Kerry and almost died). I'm learning a lot more about the development aspect of theatre, which is great since we don't really get to explore that through the TAM program. New Rep has become a great presence in the Boston area and I'm so glad to be interning here!
I am currently working as a Housing and Transportation intern at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY. Some of my duties include arranging housing and accommodations for artists and employees, providing transporation to and from the airport and managing the administration building during performances and rehearsals. The other interns are a lot of fun to work with and the staff here are friendly and supportive. Since all Glimmerglass Opera employees come through the Housing and Transportation department, working here has given me a rare opportunity to meet and associate with designers, performers, guest artists and administrators from across the country.
I'm working for the development (fundraising) department at the Westport Country Playhouse. I'm discovering that development involves a lot of mail, so I've spent most of my time editing mailing lists, checking addresses, and writing letters. This week I mailed things to the likes of George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Glenn Close, and Harry Connick Jr. The staff and all the other interns are really great. It's like working with one big family!