Chicago Shakespeare Theater education internship

Please note: this opportunity is no longer available for 2015.

We have a new opportunity at The English Theatre Frankfurt for summer 2015.

About the organisation

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is one of America’s leading regional theaters, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare's genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language and depth of feeling for the human condition. As a leading international cultural institution, CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary classical productions, new works and family fare; unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World Stage Series. At its state-of-the-art facility on Chicago’s Navy Pier, CST houses two intimate theater spaces. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 500 performances, CST attracts nearly 200,000 audience members annually—including 40,000 students and teachers through its comprehensive education programs.

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About the internship

Internship opportunities at Chicago Shakespeare Theater are designed to provide an enriching, career-broadening experience for qualified university students and recent graduates. The level of responsibility and the ongoing workload of an ever-growing artistic institution require that interns be highly motivated, energetic and self-reliant.

The 2015 summer intern will be placed in the Theater’s Education Department. 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; online educational resources to complement the work on our stages; an onsite Teacher Resource Center; and “CPS Shakespeare!”—an abridged production staged by an ensemble of Chicago Public high school teachers and their students. Through these efforts, CST 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 Department has a permanent staff of three, working closely with many of the 75-person staff of the Theater for various inter-departmental efforts. The Education Intern will work to support the department’s efforts; prospective responsibilities are outlined below.


Responsibilities will be determined based on the needs of the organization, the timing of the internship, and the strengths and interests of the successful applicant. These may include:

  • Acting as a liaison for a summer partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum, in conjunction with CST’s summer family musical
  • Researching, writing and editing teaching resources, including essays and teaching activities corresponding to our upcoming season’s productions
  • Internet research for production-related information and education programming updates from a variety of sources
  • Assisting in preparation and hosting of week-long teacher workshop for Chicago Public School high school English teachers
  • Assisting in preparation and hosting of week-long summer workshop for the student and teacher ensemble of the CPS Shakespeare! program
  • Teacher Resource Center material management, acquisition and accessioning 

Internship details

The Education Intern will be assigned a supervisor to provide training and support throughout the internship. Regular check-ins will occur throughout the duration of the internship to ensure that the experience is aligned with the student’s goals and expectations.  The student will also be invited, along with CST’s other summer interns, to take part in a series of discussions with key leadership at the Theater.  Past topics have included problem solving in an arts organisation, leveraging your internship, professionalism in theater, and creating an artistic season.

Start date: Ideally, the candidate can begin the internship immediately following the end of term, mid-June 2015. Although there may be some flexibility in the dates, please note that the internship must begin by the end of June. Therefore, any final year students who wish to apply should recognise that this may mean that they will be unable to attend their graduation ceremony.

End date: Ideally, the internship will end around mid-August 2015.  Dates are flexible.

Duration: An eight-week duration is strongly preferred.

Proposed working hours per week: 40 hours per week.

The Theater wil provide a stipend of $100 per week. All costs will be covered by Global Challenge, although the stipend contribution will be taken into consideration when reviewing budgets.

Knowledge and skills

The ideal candidate will possess a number of the following:

  • Excellence in research and writing
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented, focused work ethic
  • Knowledge of online and print research materials
  • Maturity, good judgment and practical experience working with adolescents (if internship coincides with our weeklong CPS Shakespeare! summer workshop)

In addition to the above, the following skills are desired:

  • Experience with digital photography
  • Proficiency and experience in desktop publishing

No foreign language requirements. The candidate must excel in both written and spoken communication in English.

Students studying English, Drama, Education, Theater or the Humanities are preferred.

How to apply