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

    Fall 2016 internship descriptions:



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