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Pittsburgh Public Theater's Internship Program offers college and graduate-level students who are interested in the artistic, production and administrative aspects of professional theater the opportunity to learn valuable skills that complement and extend their fields of study and interest. The ultimate goal is to provide the most educational experience for the intern while balancing the needs of the theater. Interns are expected to participate to their full potential and to communicate with their supervisors throughout the internship experience.

Pittsburgh Public Theater is accepting applicants for internships for the 2016-2017 spring semester. Internships are offered on a show-by-show, semester and/or seasonal basis. Hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. All internships are unpaid, though academic credit is available at the discretion of the intern's enrolled institution.

Internships 2016-2017
  • Administration and Finance
  • Development
  • Technical Administration
  • Costume Design and Construction
  • Education
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Art
Administration and Finance

The administration and finance intern will assist the Accounting Department with the administrative and financial affairs of The Public, working closely with the General Manager of Administration and Finance in preparing grant applications, financial forecasts, and business plans. Additional administrative work on budgets, audits, taxation, investments, purchasing, and personnel will be assigned. Applicants should have a strong interest in finance and administration of non-profit arts institutions, excellent administration skills, and attention for detail. Must be a positive team player with good work ethic. Must commit to 15-20 hours per week. Some flexibility with scheduling is possible.


This position offers an opportunity to work on the development of marketing campaigns, create new sales opportunities, and develop "added-value" programming. Major responsibilities will focus on audience development and publicity efforts. These efforts may include assisting in identifying target audiences, offering incentives/discounts to increase ticket sales, developing partnerships with third party vendors, designing pre and/or post show programming, and distribution of marketing materials.


The Development intern will gain access to the world of funder engagement; grant writing; research; special events; acknowledgements; organizational planning and initiatives.  The intern will have a unique and powerful opportunity to experience prospecting, cultivation, and relationship-building with the community and participate in furthering the goals of artistic, education/outreach, development, marketing, technical, of course, financial departments of the theater.  Applicants should have a strong interest in revenue generating enterprises and community building and collaboration, and should possess excellent communication skills, including writing and speaking, and a high level of organization.  Interns working in The Public's Development Department will have an opportunity to learn Tessitura, the specialized ticketing/donor management software used by the major Cultural District organizations.  Knowledge of Tessitura is regarded as a "plus" when applying to a Cultural District group for employment.

Technical Administration

The technical administration intern will work closely with the technical director during the theater's build and technical rehearsal process. This position offers exposure to a professional scene shop. The intern will assist the technical director with drafting, help to prepare initial cost estimates of show construction, maintain shop inventory, and track and report on budget expenses. He/she will provide general administrative support in the technical office. This internship is offered on a semester or show by show basis (September - June).  

Costume Design and Construction

The costume design and construction intern will assist drapers and first hands with fabric cutting, fittings, stitching, and finishing costumes, as well as general assistance to the costume shop. He or she will also assist costume designers during shopping trips, technical rehearsals, and production meetings. Applicants should possess basic sewing skills, good organizational skills, a valid driver's license, and most importantly, a willingness to learn. Interested persons must be able to commit 20 hours per week.  This internship is offered on a semester or show by show basis (September - June). 


The education intern will become an integral member of the Education Department as she/he works closely with the Education Director. Primary duties include reading scripts and research and writing for the Open Stage Student Matinee Series' Study Guides, Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, and Post-Show Talkbacks. Applicants should possess a general understanding of Shakespeare's works, previous acting experience, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. This internship is offered on a semester or seasonal basis; schedule and hours are flexible.

Sound Design

The sound design interns will work closely with Pittsburgh Public Theater's resident sound designer. Interns will become a part of the design process as they gain an inside view of a professional theater's technical rehearsal period. Responsibilities of the intern are to aid in sound engineering; take notes during designer run-throughs, technical rehearsals and production meetings; and to provide general assistance to the sound designer. Applicants should be theater majors with a sound design emphasis or interest and have a basic knowledge of and vocabulary for professional audio equipment. Sound design interns work on a show-by-show basis.

Lighting Design

The lighting design interns will have the opportunity to work with internationally known lighting designers. This interaction enables interns to experience the lighting design process, as well as an inside view of a professional theater's technical rehearsals. Lighting interns will participate in focus, provide general assistance at the tech table to the lighting designer, and interact with the master electrician -- this includes updating paperwork and taking notes during technical rehearsals, designer conferences, and production meetings. Applicants should be familiar with Lightwrite 3 and Obsession series consoles. Interns work on a show-by-show basis.

Scenic Art

The scenic art intern will work closely with the Scenic Charge at The Public's scene shop in Point Breeze. The intern will assist the Scenic Charge and Scenic Artists with paint stock inventory, priming and base-coating scenery, back painting, and sealing of scenery, as well as providing overall general assistance to the paint shop. Applicant should be an undergraduate in fine arts or a related field and possess good organizational skills and a willingness to learn. This internship is offered on a semester basis, but is managed on a show-by-show basis. Interested persons need to commit a minimum of 16 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To Apply

Interested persons should send a letter of interest (please indicate which internship position you are applying for), a current resume with contact information, and three references to:

Education Department Internship Program
Pittsburgh Public Theater
621 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fax:  412.316.8216