Shakespeare in the Parks

Shakespeare in the Parks – Community Engagement/Project Management Intern

The deadline for this internship has passed.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is an abridged Shakespeare production that tours to 18 local parks, performing outdoors on a traveling stage. Since its inception in 2012, over 100,000 people of all ages have experienced Shakespeare through this free program.  The Community Engagement/Project Management Interns will be key members of the Engagement Team, working closely with the Tour Project Managers and Community Engagement Consultant to build relationships with community stakeholders and to promote tour performances.

The department seeks two interns per summer, with one specializing in Community Engagement (initiatives with local artists and teens, audience development) and another in Project Management (performance logistics, press events, marketing, audience engagement).  This hands-on position is an excellent way to learn about the design and implementation of a grassroots, community driven, marketing campaign. Community Engagement/Project Management interns will develop valuable skills in communication, relationship building, time management and event coordination.  In addition to administrative work in support of tour engagement efforts, interns will also actively participate in community events and meetings and serve as a representative of the marketing staff at tour performances.

Interns will work between 30-40 hours per week from June through the end of August, with some weekend availability required, especially between July and August. CST's Community Engagement/Project Management internships offer a rich and challenging experience for qualified college students, recent graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater administration. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Minimum two years undergraduate education or equivalent experience in arts administration, direct marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, and/or community engagement
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-starter, multi-task oriented, and computer literate
  • Experience in sales, promotions, or media desirable
  • Experience in community organizations, volunteer work, or grassroots campaigns desirable
  • Willingness to mingle with audiences and accommodate visitors
  • Familiarity with Chicago neighborhoods a plus
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) a plus
  • A valid driver’s license a plus

Internship Responsibilities

  • Assist in execution of promotions, direct mail and e-marketing projects for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
  • Support Project Managers in the booking and coordinating of opening acts
  • Schedule and attend meetings with community stakeholders
  • Update mailing lists
  • Assemble press kits
  • Assist planning/hosting special events
  • Conduct research for press releases, outreach and special projects
  • Deliver promotional materials to partner organizations within the community
  • Represent the tour at Night Out in the Park events across the city
  • Assist with the management of our Neighborhood Host program—an initiative designed to engage local teens with the tour through part-time employment opportunities
  • Oversee a system for tracking marketing collateral
  • Maintain social media connections and presence for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour

Benefits include:

  • A modest travel stipend
  • College credit as available through a student’s academic institution
  • Complimentary tickets to CST performances
  • A review of the intern’s resume and portfolio with CST Staff Members
  • Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers and other artists
  • Free and reduced-price tickets to other Chicago theaters through "industry" offers
  • Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing.

Application Process
To be considered for an internship position Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, please prepare the following to upload through our application form:

  • A cover letter stating your specific interest(s) in Community Engagement/Project Management, availability and how you heard about the position.  Please state which internship you are interested in: Community Engagement, Project Management, or both. You do not need to submit separate applications for the Community Engagement and Project Management internship positions.
  • A current CV or resume
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.

Questions? Contact Krissi McEachern at

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