Education Internship

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is no longer accepting Education Intern applications for Fall 2017.  Applications for Winter-Spring 2018 internships will be accepted beginning September 1.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is dedicated to bringing great theater into peoples’ lives, and to creating opportunities for the work on our stage to support education and lifelong learning for students, teachers and adult audiences. The Education Department creates and coordinates a number of programs, including: student matinee performances at the Theater and on tour regionally to schools; professional development through teacher workshops and seminars; printed and online educational resources to complement the work on our stages; an onsite Teacher Resource Center; and Battle of the Bard, an area-wide high school Shakespeare slam. Through these efforts, Chicago Shakespeare has created one of the largest and most respected arts-in-education programs in the country, which is further bolstered by diverse audience enrichment programs for playgoers of all ages.

The Education Intern will act as an integral member of the Education Department, obtaining hands-on, real-world experience in a creative and supportive atmosphere. In addition, Chicago Shakespeare Interns receive a small travel stipend and complimentary tickets to Chicago Shakespeare performances. Other benefits include the opportunity to build professional relationships, receive one-on-one mentoring from Education Department staff, participate in an intern seminar series that illuminates the workings of a large arts organization, and receive a resume and portfolio review with Chicago Shakespeare staff.

While Chicago Shakespeare Theater insists on a minimum time commitment of 10 weeks between January and June 2018, the program is also flexible enough to meet the scheduling needs of the intern. Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of artists, staff and students. People of color and individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Maturity, good judgment and experience in working with adolescents
  • Detail-oriented, focused work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of online and print research materials
  • Experience with digital recording and editing
  • Experience with desktop publishing
  • Flexibility and the ability to work proactively

Internship Responsibilities

  • Student matinee preparation and coordination
  • Greeting school groups attending student matinees
  • ​Researching, writing and editing teaching resources, including essays and teaching activities corresponding to our upcoming season’s productions
  • Assisting in preparation for high-school Shakespeare slam competition
  • ​Assisting in preparation for teacher workshops and seminars
  • Maintaining records in Tessitura, a comprehensive data management system specialized for arts organizations
  • Internet research for production-related information and education programming updates from variety of sources
  • Teacher Resource Center material management, acquisition and accessioning
  • ​Transcription and audio editing of artist interviews and post-performance discussions
  • Tabulation and qualitative analysis of evaluation and survey data

Chicago Shakespeare Education interns will gain experience in several different areas:

  • The day-to-day operations of a professional theater’s arts-in-education program
  • Development of production-related preparatory materials, activities and resources for teachers and students, including interdepartmental interactions with the Chicago Shakespeare artistic and production teams
  • Coordination and hosting of events, including teacher workshops
  • Familiarity with the arts-in-education community of Chicago's major cultural institutions through events and partnerships
  • Special projects related to theater, education, dramaturgy and teaching

Application Process

To be considered for an Education Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our portal below:

  • A cover letter stating: 1) your specific interest/s in this particular internship, 2) your available start and end dates, 3) hourly time commitment each week, 4) how you hope this internship will support your future goals
  • A current CV or resume describing relevant experience
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, instructions to do so will be emailed once you’ve submitted your application.)
  • A writing sample from related academic coursework—ideally a sample that exemplifies your ability to take a difficult concept and make it accessible to the reader
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements

Questions? Contact Chicago Shakespeare’s Education Department at

Applications accepted beginning September 1


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