I was a summer intern at Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School in 2003. It was the most fun and rewarding summer of my life. Ten years later I am the lucky one reviewing the intern applications for summer 2013. Here is the advice I would give anyone applying.
- First, thoroughly research the organization and the position. Ask detailed questions so you can tailor your application appropriately. It is obvious (and uninspiring) when an applicant uses the same general cover letter and resume for multiple internships. It is especially awkward when it is accidently addressed to the wrong organization (!).
- The best internship cover letters reveal these three things: 1. Why you want this specific internship (interest/passion); 2. Why you are valuable to us (experience); How the internship would be valuable to you (goals)
- I prefer a resume that is one page. Being concise is a valuable skill; demonstrate it.
- And last, if you are applying to a TYA organization, you better talk about youth! It is important to illustrate your interest and experience working with youth, in addition to theatre.
Seattle Children’s Theatre Education Programs will offer over 25 internship positions in Summer 2013 to support our 200 camps, classes and performance programs for students ages 3-21. Internships include Drama School class assistants, Assistant Directors, Administrative, PR/Marketing, Stage Management and Technical Theatre. For position descriptions and application requirements, please visit https://www.sct.org/About/Work-With-Us/Jobs-Internships.