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:

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2014 and 2014-15 Seasonal Internships. These applications are due by April 25th, 2014.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.


Available Internships for the 2014-2015 Season and/or Fall 2014:

Artistic Programming - Fall 2014
This Intern will work closely with the Director of Artistic Programming to experience Ford’s Theatre’s literary and casting operations. The intern will learn about the numerous aspects of artistic programming through many activities which may include the following: preparing audition materials, assisting in audition coordination; participating in the Literary Committee; maintaining department records; supporting the dramaturgical research process and coordinating other departmental events. The ideal candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, image editing and video-editing software. Strong writing skills, research know-how, organizational aptitude, excellent communication abilities, flexibility and a sharp eye for detail are essential.

Production (Costume Design, Lighting Design or Stage Management) – 2014-15 Season
Design intern possibilities in production are project driven. Production interns will be assigned to specific projects and thus are expected to stay in residence throughout the production period, which could be longer than one semester. Design interns must have prior experience in their specific field. Design interns may work as assistants to the designers. Non-design focused production interns may be assigned to various tasks related to equipment inventory, artistic company management, guest artist hospitality, union compliance and other organizational projects.

Marketing/Public Relations - Fall 2014 or 2014-2015 Season
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. Please submit a writing sample with your application.

Graphic Design/Website - Fall 2014 or 2014-2015 Season
The Graphic Design/Website Intern will learn directly from the Art Director, Graphic Designer and Website Manager. The intern will contribute to the conceptualization, design and execution of both print and web-based communications for the institution’s theatrical and educational programming. Potential projects include email and web edits, video projects, image editing, designing layouts to compliment existing collateral and preflighting files for print. The ideal candidate will have strong aesthetic judgment in both print and web, experience on Adobe CS (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) on a Mac platform, knowledge of video/audio production, and publishing fluency in HTML, DHTML and CSS. The internship requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, attention to deadlines, and the ability to work collaboratively and share design solutions. Please submit a sample of previous work with your application.

Exhibitions - Fall 2014 or 2014-2015 Season
The Exhibitions intern will have the opportunity to gain a nuanced understanding of museum work by participating in all levels of daily operation in the Center for Education and Leadership museum. The intern will also have the opportunity to take part in daily maintenance of the museum including deinstallation and installation of exhibitions and artifact packing, monitoring environmental measures, developing future museum audio tour, and other administrative work.  The ideal candidate will have some practical experience in museums, be self-motivated and able to work independently.

Finance and Administration - Fall 2014
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.

Development, Institutional Giving - Fall 2014 or 2014-2015 Season
Reporting to the Associate Director of Corporate Relations and the Associate Director of Major Gifts, the Institutional Giving intern will assist with and learn about donor fundraising activities, specifically prospect research, corporate relations, special events, grants, benefit fulfillment, and general stewardship practices.  The Institutional Giving intern will have the opportunity to learn through a few specific tasks in addition to others:

  • Research potential prospects for the Ford’s Theatre Board of Governors’ corporate membership program
  • Conduct research on individual prospects and donors.
  • Draft pro-forma proposals for Foundation donors and prospects (and occasionally work on reports when necessary)
  • Assist in creating the Ford’s Theatre Corporate Donors e-newsletter
  • Become familiar with the Ford’s Theatre database and preferred prospecting online tools
  • Other duties as assigned

Strong writing skills, proficiency in research, excellent communication abilities, flexibility, and attention to detail are essential.  A demonstrated interest in history and/or arts and cultural institutions and two (2) or more years of college, college graduate, or grad-student preferred.  Please submit a writing sample with your application.