The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26).

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
  • Lighting Design (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 Winter/Spring 2016 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
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.

Arts Management

The Arts Management intern will work within the Production Department. 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 FTS and LORT’s union agreements in the process. The intern will also assist in a variety of Production Department tasks as they relate to the spring musical and education programming. Additionally, this internship will have the option to learn about financial organization and management through assisting with regular tasks and the completion of specific projects in the Finance Department. The ideal candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Strong writing skills, research know-how, organizational aptitude, excellent communication abilities, flexibility and a sharp eye for detail are essential.

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.  They may assist the Exhibitions and Collections Manager in the following projects:

  • Creation and revision of AAM Core Documents for Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS)
  • Digitization of FTS archive records
  • Development of an online exhibit on Google Cultural Institute
  • Performing routine maintenance and Integrated Pest Management
  • Monitor environmental controls and artifact conditions

The ideal candidate will have some prior practical experience in museums, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively.

Marketing/Public Relations
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
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.

Information Technology Intern
The Information Technology Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the IT Systems Administrator. The intern will learn about small business networks, servers and systems within a non-profit environment. This may include research, troubleshooting and monitoring/maintenance of:

  • IT Helpdesk for staff
  • Network systems
  • Servers and backups (SBS 2011, Windows Server 2008)
  • Cloud services
  • Security systems
  • Phone systems
  • Printer systems
  • PC and Mac workstations

The ideal candidate will have a working understanding of: Microsoft Windows 7 (and higher) and Server 2008 (and higher); Cisco network and wifi systems; and fluency in Microsoft Office. Experience with Apple OSX and iOS is preferred. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and the ability to work collaboratively are a must. An interest in history, theatre, and/or museums is a plus.