Chicago Shakespeare Theater education internship

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 house two intimate theatre 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 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 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 65-person staff of the Theater for various inter-departmental efforts. The Education Intern will work to support the department’s efforts.


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:

  • 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 organization, leveraging your internship and creating an artistic season.

The internship will run for eight weeks, ideally from 23 June - 15 August 2014 although dates are flexible, for 40 hours per week. All costs will be covered by Global Challenge.

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)
  • Excellence in both written and spoken communication in English

In addition to the above, the following are desired:

  • Studying for a degree in the School of English or Drama
  • Experience with digital photography
  • Proficiency and experience in desktop publishing

How to apply