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
  • Development
  • Education
  • 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)

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2015 and 2015-16 Season Internships. Available internships are listed below. Only complete applications for available internships will be considered. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

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


Artistic Programming (FALL 2015)
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 Play Reading Committee; maintaining department records; supporting the dramaturgical research process and coordinating other departmental events. The ideal candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Office, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.  Experience in image editing and video-editing software also helpful, but not mandatory. Strong writing skills, research know-how, organizational aptitude, excellent communication abilities, flexibility and a sharp eye for detail are essential.

Education & Digital History Intern (FALL 2015)
The 2015 Fall Education & Digital History Intern will have the opportunity to learn about Education programs and initiatives through research and preparation of online historical content and participation in on-site educational initiatives, which may include some or all of the following:

  • Research and write additional, strengthened historical content for Ford’s Theatre web pages.
  • Research and reach out to repositories holding responses to the Lincoln assassination and work with those repositories to include their materials in the Remembering Lincoln digital collection.
  • Create interactive exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute platform.
  • Assist with field trip tours of the historic site, working with students, teachers and general public.
  • Assist with student matinee theatrical performances and workshops.

The ideal candidate will have interest in preparing material for broad audiences through online digital media and in-person educational programming and an interest in theatre and/or the arts. 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

Marketing/Public Relations
(FALL 2015)
The Communications and Marketing 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, writing for the Ford’s Theatre Blog and other social media and special seasonal projects. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. Application must include a writing sample.

Graphic Design (FALL 2015)
The Graphic Design 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. The ideal candidate will have strong aesthetic judgment in both print and web, experience on Adobe CS 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. Application must include examples of Graphic Design work.

Production (Lighting Design, Costume Design or Stage Management) (2015-16 Season)
Lighting Design and Costume Design internships are project driven. Design interns will be assigned to specific projects and thus are expected to stay in residence throughout the production period. Interns must have prior experience in their specific field. Design Interns may have the opportunity to work as assistants to the designers. Stage Management interns may have the opportunity to experience tasks related to equipment inventory, artistic company management, guest artist hospitality, union compliance and other organizational projects