Internships at Chicago Shakespeare Theater offer an enriching, career-broadening experience for qualified college students, recent graduates, and young professionals.  Internships are available throughout the year in the following departments: Advancement, Artistic, Casting, Company Management, Costumes, Costume Crafts, Education, Lighting, Marketing/Public Relations, Production Administration, Props, Sound, Stage Management, Technical Direction, and Wigs and Makeup.

Here at Chicago Shakespeare, we are dedicated to making our internships a valuable learning opportunity. Throughout the internship, interns receive one-on-one mentoring from CST staff, build professional relationships, and act as integral members of their respective departments. Also, in a seminar series designed exclusively for interns, staff members from across the company illuminate the workings of a large arts organization and offer guidance to career paths ahead. A modest travel stipend is available for most internship placements. Other benefits include: complimentary tickets to CST performances, free and reduced-price tickets to other Chicago theaters through "industry" offers, and college credit as available through a student’s academic institution.

The level of responsibility and the ongoing workload of an ever-growing artistic institution require that interns be highly motivated, energetic, and self-reliant. Scheduling is flexible, though most internships are full time and 3-4 months in duration. School-year internships typically require a minimum of 2-3 days per week. All Stage Management positions are full time, typically Tuesday-Sunday. Chicago Shakespeare Theater does not offer internships in directing, acting or design.

Please note that not all departments offer internships each season. Please see below for a list of internships currently available.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer: Applications accepted through March 1
  • Fall: Applications accepted through July 1
    • Winter/Spring: Applications accepted through November 1

    Please read the internship job descriptions for specific application instructions, which vary by department. An interview is required as part of the final selection process.

    The application deadline for the following internships has been extended to November 15.

    Winter/Spring 2015 internship descriptions:



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