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
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Stage Management
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Graphics
  • Development
  • Exhibitions
  • Information Technology
  • Finance and Administration

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. Applications for internships are accepted on a rolling basis but may not be reviewed until two months before the start of a requested internship. 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:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications for Winter/Spring Internships are due October 31, 2014.

Available Internships for Winter/Spring 2015:

Development Internship: Membership and Individual Giving
The Development Intern will work closely with the Associate Director for Membership and Annual Giving, as well as the full Development team, to experience the fundraising operations of Ford’s Theatre with a focus on membership and individual giving. The Intern will contribute to a variety of daily fundraising efforts and special projects as Ford’s marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination, which could include drafting marketing materials for members, updating our donor database, answering calls and emails from donors, coordinating gift acknowledgements and benefit fulfillment, and assisting with special event logistics. The ideal candidate will have a friendly demeanor and great communications skills, computer fluency, strong attention to detail and deadlines, and an eagerness to learn. Prior fundraising experience is not necessary, but a demonstrated interest in history and/or arts and cultural institutions is preferred.

Marketing/Public Relations
The marketing/public relations intern will work in the daily operations of the Marketing and Communications Department. The intern may assist in audience development strategies, group sales, press relations, publications, social media and special seasonal projects. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. Evening availability is required.

Finance and Administration
The Finance and Administration 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. They must possess excellent organizational skills, and be able to work with a variety of information and data. This intern must be able to handle specific projects in an organized fashion while learning about regular day to day duties of a business office.  Background or interest in business management, finance, and human resources is required.