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, Casting, Costumes, Costume Crafts, Education, Lighting, Marketing/Public Relations, Props, Sound, Stage Management, and Wigs and Make-up.
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—Application deadline extended to July 14 for:
- 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.
Fall 2014 internship descriptions: