Internships

Court Theatre is thrilled to participate the Kemper Fellowship program, which is dedicated to providing hands-on experience in arts management and non-profit leadership and to promoting diversity of education, experience, and ethnic and economic background in the field. Court Theatre joins Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Ragdale Foundation, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Silk Road Theatre Project in this effort. For more information on the James S. Kemper Foundation, visit www.jskemper.org

Kemper Fellowships are available to current undergraduate students.

KEMPER FELLOWSHIPS 

Responsibilities and Opportunities: Court Theatre seeks interns who demonstrate a willingness to learn and a desire to contribute to Court Theatre’s artistry and goals. Student interns should be able to organize their time well, communicate efficiently and appropriately with others, respond to the timely requests of their supervisors, and present themselves in a professional and focused manner at all Court activities. In return, all internships offer practical experience in arts administration as well as opportunities to attend select rehearsals, performances, and special events. 

Compensation & Duration : Due to the generous support of the James S. Kemper Foundation, Court Theatre is able to provide student interns with a stipend of $1,000 per quarter for 100 hours of work. Interns should be prepared to work 10 hours per week within Court’s regular business hours of 9-5. The duration of internships is noted within the individual descriptions below.

Internship Descriptions

Marketing & Communications Intern
Marketing Department
Full Season (Fall-Spring)

The Marketing & Communications Intern will work closely with the Assistant Director of Marketing in all areas of communications including audience development, e-communications, special events, database and content management, customer service, and community outreach. This internship requires strong written and verbal communications skills. Preference will be given to applicants with a desire to learn, a penchant for organization, a strong work ethic, and a sense of humor.

Website & Online Marketing Intern
Marketing Department
Full Season (Fall-Spring)

The Website & Online Marketing Intern will assist the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications with marketing Court Theatre events through online promotional opportunities and updating the theatre’s website and associated microsites.  The position will include populating the site with actor and artist biographies and headshots, reviews and articles, interviews and blogs, production photographs, and other related content.  Some skill with basic photoshop editing is preferable.

Audience Services Intern
Marketing Department
Full Season(Fall-Spring)

The Audience Services Intern will work with the Audience Services Manager and the entire Front of House team in an extremely fast-paced and evolving environment.  The position will include assisting with opening nights, updating social media, database maintenance, designing strategies to attract single ticket buyers, and evaluating Front of House procedures.  He or she must be a great team player with excellent interpersonal skills and great sense of humor.  Looking for candidates who are extremely outgoing and can handle themselves professionally.

Individual Giving & Events Intern
Development Department
Fall Quarter

The Invdividual Giving & Events Intern will assist Court Theatre’s Development Department on various projects such as annual direct mail and telephone fundraising campaigns, proposals to corporations and foundations, and special events like board meetings and opening nights. This is an exciting opportunity to learn the basics about fundraising for a non-profit arts organization.

Grant Writing Intern
Development Department
Winter and Spring Quarter

The Grant Writing Intern will assist the assistant director of development for institutional relations in all aspects of the grant writing process. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, researching current and prospective foundation, corporation, and government grant-making organizations; writing and revising grant proposals and interim/final reports; and utilizing various databases to gather and store information. This position requires advanced writing skills and an ability to craft compelling arguments for support. Candidates should be interested in learning about institutional fundraising and nonprofit arts management.

Special Events & Gala Intern
Development Department
Winter and Spring Quarter

The Special Events & Gala intern will primarily aid with Court Theatre’s annual spring Gala while performing some of the duties assigned to the Individual Giving & Events Internship. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, maintaining event contacts, guest lists and various databases, acquiring and tracking auction items, developing written auction materials, managing the online auction, organizing historical and current information, and pre- and post-event correspondence with donors. This position requires strong communication, organizational and computing skills. Candidates should be enthusiastic and ready to work in a fast-paced environment.

Casting Intern
Artistic Department
Full Season (Fall-Spring)

The Casting Intern will assist the Casting/AIS (Artists in the Schools) Director on all projects. Includes but limited to, electronically filing resumes, keeping the data and information files updated, organizing and monitoring casting calls, compiling break-downs for plays in and being considered for the upcoming season, organizing and running the non-AEA general auditions for the upcoming season, keeping materials for the AIS residencies up-to-date, compiling information and data from the AIS residencies, helping to organize and run the annual High School Performance Festival.

 

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