The Internship Program at the Auditorium Theatre affords college students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. This prestigious program allows students to work side-by-side with industry professionals in the departments of Marketing, Development, Creative Engagement (Education), Arts Administration, or Operations – applying knowledge gained in the classroom in real-world situations.
Creative Engagement Internship
The Creative Engagement internship provides interns with the opportunity to experience the process of planning, executing, managing, and assessing both community and school-based arts engagement programming. Past interns have played a key role in organizing community events, created and executed lobby engagements for our performances, and created educational materials distributed to schools around the Auditorium’s Student Matinee series. Working closely with the Creative Engagement team, interns are valued as vital members of the department with tasks and duties that support necessary outcomes for the organization. No matter the time of year, the Creative Engagement department has programming for arts-learners of all ages!
Marketing and Publicity Internship
The marketing internship provides interns with a multifaceted understanding of the different aspects of marketing in a theatre setting. The internship will introduce the intern to real-world experiences in the field of marketing as they gain insight and experience. Interns learn about strategic planning, e-marketing, copywriting and editing, partnership relations, website maintenance, direct mail campaigns, and promotion development and integration.
The Development Internship will provide the intern with a multifaceted understanding of the different aspects of development and fundraising in a non-profit theatre setting. This internship will introduce the intern to real world experience in the field of development. Interns gain an understanding of the responsibilities involved in fundraising for a large non-profit theatre, and help identify new sources of funding, assist in the writing and editing of grants, help with database management, and participate in special events planning.
Arts Administration Internship
The Arts Programming and Operations internship is designed to introduce the intern to all aspects of arts management applicable to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The internship provides the intern with a comprehensive understanding of the programming, booking, operational, logistical, and financial components associated with a large scale performing arts venue. Interns gain experience in a variety of responsibilities that are integral to the daily operations of the organization, have opportunities to learn about long-term strategic planning, and gain a realistic understanding of what it takes to operate a National Historic Landmark Theatre.
The Operations Internship will focus on general theatre operations, specifically Production, Front of House, Food and Beverage, Box Office and Maintenance. Candidates will work closely with ATRU staff in developing a comprehensive understanding of the practical application of operating a large, non-profit theatre. The Operations intern will be involved in tasks such as coordinating transportation, catering, and housing for production cast and crew and rehearsal spacing for visiting productions, working with the house manager on customer service for staff, patrons, and show operations, assisting concessions with inventory and accounting reporting, and acting as a liaison for the operations department.