Ford’s Theatre Internships

The Ford’s Theatre Intern Program offers challenging and diverse experiences related to its unique mission as a professional theatre, historic site, world-class museum and learning center. Qualified college students, graduates and career-changing professionals who are actively pursuing careers in related fields are welcomed in the following areas (subject to availability):

  • Artistic Programming
  • Arts Management (Available for Summer 2015)
  • Development
  • Education (Available for Summer 2015)
  • Exhibitions
  • Finance and Administration
  • Graphics
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Costume Design (not available in summer)
  • Lighting Design (not available in summer)
  • Stage Management (not available in summer)

Opportunities at Ford’s Theatre
Ford’s Theatre internships are designed to:

  • Bridge the gap between collegiate work and professional life by working with some of the best in the business in a challenging, diverse atmosphere.
  • Help build professional networks with relationships initiated during the internship.
  • Broaden the intern’s knowledge base and understanding of professional theatre and historical museums through discussions and work with Ford’s Theatre staff, guest artists, and other members of the community.

In order to facilitate the professional development and educational nature of Ford’s Theatre Internships the following features may be provided as part of the internship program:

Lincoln Lectures
Lincoln Lectures are opportunities for interns to receive a complete understanding of the operations of Ford’s Theatre outside of their department. Lincoln Lectures provide exposure to the varied skills that are required to operate a professional theatre and historical site. Many lectures are round table discussions that include senior staff, the Director, guest artists and others. In these lectures, interns may be able learn about a variety of career paths and perspectives on not-for-profit arts organizations while gaining insight into the inner workings of Ford’s Theatre. Other Lectures may provide the opportunity for career development through work on interview preparation, résumé and cover letter writing, and skill building.

Ford’s Shadowing
To further enhance the intern experience, every intern may be provided with the opportunity to shadow in other departments. These shadowing opportunities provide a direct look into the daily operations of each department, no matter the primary internship. This means that a Development intern could have the ability to sit-in with Production for a day and experience a tech rehearsal and possibly be a part of Production planning meetings. Each shadowing opportunity may help an intern explore their interests while also providing a complete picture of Ford’s Theatre.

Benefits for a Ford’s Theatre Intern
School credit may be offered, depending on the internship. Opportunities will be made available for interns to view and explore all that Ford’s Theatre has to offer. Staff guided tours would lead interns through the historic theatre as well as backstage and through the museums and galleries. Interns may be provided opportunities to attend select performances at Ford’s Theatre, which could include special presentations and Dress Rehearsals.

Internship Duration
Start dates and internship lengths may vary by department. Most interns are part-time and may be expected to work 15-25 hours a week. Typical internships run as follows:

  • Yearly (September to August)
  • Seasonal (September to May)
  • Fall (September to December)
  • Winter/Spring (January to May)
  • Summer (June to August)

To apply for a Ford’s Theatre internship, please email all documents. Applications must include:

Education & Digital History Intern
The 2015 Summer Education and Digital History Intern will have the opportunity to learn about Education programs and initiatives through research and preparation of online historical content, which may include some or all of the following:

  • Research and write additional, strengthened historical content for Ford’s Theatre web pages.
  • Research already-digitized responses to the Lincoln assassination from its immediate aftermath, and advise on integration of those responses into the Remembering Lincoln digital collection.
  • Translate the content of interactive displays in the Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership into web content.
  • Create interactive exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute platform.
  • Assist in planning and executing the upcoming NEH Landmarks summer teacher workshop.
  • Data entry and document support

The ideal candidate will have interest in preparing historical material for broad audiences through online digital media. This internship is ideal for an advanced undergraduate history major, history M.A. or Ph.D. student with interest in digital public history and education, Library/Information Sciences graduate student, Museum Studies graduate student, or Museum Education graduate student.

Arts Management
The Arts Management intern will work closely with both the Programming and Finance departments. The Arts Management intern will be involved with the creation and tracking of union and non-union agreements in accordance with standard practices, becoming familiar with LORT rules and regulations in the process. Additionally, this internship offers the opportunity to learn about financial organization and management, human resources and benefits administration through assisting with regular tasks and the completion of specific projects. The ideal candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat. Strong writing skills, research know-how, organizational aptitude, excellent communication abilities, flexibility and a sharp eye for detail are essential.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.