Ford’s Theatre Internships

The Ford’s Theatre Intern Program offers challenging and diverse experiences related to its unique mission as a professional theatre, historic site, world-class museum and learning center. Qualified college students, graduates and career-changing professionals who are actively pursuing careers in related fields are welcome. Internships at Ford’s Theatre require a commitment of at least 20 hours per week and include an available stipend to help offset travel and other expenses.

Ford’s Theatre Society values diversity in its workplace. We will consider all qualified applicants for our internship program without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a covered veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Summer 2016 Internships
The application deadline for Summer 2016 internships has passed.

Fall 2016 Internships
Applications are now being accepted through August 5 for Fall 2016 internships. You can submit your completed application by e-mail to internships@fords.org  Or by mail to:  Ford’s Theatre Society, ATTN: Internship Program, 514 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Opportunities at Ford’s Theatre
Ford’s Theatre internships are designed to:

  • Bridge the gap between collegiate work and professional life by working with some of the best in the business in a challenging, diverse atmosphere.
  • Help build professional networks with relationships initiated during the internship.
  • Broaden the intern’s knowledge base and understanding of professional theatre and historical museums through discussions and work with Ford’s Theatre staff, guest artists, and other members of the community.

In order to facilitate the professional development and educational nature of Ford’s Theatre Internships the following features may be provided as part of the internship program:

Lincoln Lectures
Lincoln Lectures are opportunities for interns to receive a complete understanding of the operations of Ford’s Theatre outside of their department. Lincoln Lectures provide exposure to the varied skills that are required to operate a professional theatre and historical site. Many lectures are round table discussions that include senior staff, the Director, guest artists and others. In these lectures, interns may be able learn about a variety of career paths and perspectives on not-for-profit arts organizations while gaining insight into the inner workings of Ford’s Theatre. Other Lectures may provide the opportunity for career development through work on interview preparation, résumé and cover letter writing, and skill building.

Ford’s Shadowing
To further enhance the intern experience, every intern may be provided with the opportunity to shadow in other departments. These shadowing opportunities provide a direct look into the daily operations of each department, no matter the primary internship. This means that a Development intern could have the ability to sit-in with Production for a day and experience a tech rehearsal and possibly be a part of Production planning meetings. Each shadowing opportunity may help an intern explore their interests while also providing a complete picture of Ford’s Theatre.

Benefits for a Ford’s Theatre Intern
Internships at Ford’s Theatre require a commitment of at least 20 hours per week and include an available stipend to help offset travel and other expenses. School credit may be offered, depending on the internship. Opportunities will be made available for interns to view and explore all that Ford’s Theatre has to offer. Staff guided tours would lead interns through the historic theatre as well as backstage and through the museums and galleries. Interns may be provided opportunities to attend select performances at Ford’s Theatre, which could include special presentations and Dress Rehearsals.

Fall 2016 Internships
Applications are now being accepted through July 22 for Fall 2016 internships:

Artistic Programming
This Intern will work closely with the Director of Artistic Programming to experience Ford’s Theatre’s literary and casting operations. The intern will learn about the numerous aspects of artistic programming through many activities which may include the following: preparing audition materials, assisting in audition coordination; participating in the Literary Committee; maintaining department records; supporting the dramaturgical research process and coordinating other departmental events.

Communications
The Communications relations intern will work in the daily operations of the Marketing and Communications Department. The intern may participate in the creation and launch of audience development strategies, group sales, press relations, publications, social media and special seasonal projects. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. Occasional evening availability is required.

Education
The 2016 Fall History Intern will have the opportunity to learn about creating and maintaining Education programs and initiatives through research and preparation of online historical content and participation in on-site educational initiatives, which may include some or all of the following:

  • Help prepare historical content for the new Ford’s Theatre website, to be launched in December.
  • Research and reach out to libraries, archives, and museums with primary source responses to the Lincoln assassination to potentially include their materials in the Remembering Lincoln digital collection.
  • Add to descriptions of primary sources in the Remembering Lincoln digital collection.
  • Create interactive exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute platform.
  • Assist with field trip tours of the historic site, as well as distance learning programming.
  • Assist with student matinee theatrical performances and workshops.
  • Light administrative work, such as data entry and document support The period of this internship is approximately September 1 to December 15. The internship requires 20hrs a week and attendance at occasional evening or weekend events will be agreed upon in advance of those events.

This internship is ideal for someone with interest in learning about engaging broad audiences through online media and in-person educational programming. This internship is ideal for an undergraduate history major, history M.A. or Ph.D. student with interest in digital public history and education, Library/Information Sciences graduate student, Museum Studies graduate student, or Museum Education graduate student.

Graphic Design/Website
The Graphic Design/Website Intern will learn directly from the Art Director, Graphic Designer and Website Manager. The intern will participate in the conceptualization, design and execution of both print and web-based communications for the institution’s theatrical and educational programming. The ideal candidate will have strong aesthetic judgment in both print and web, experience with or interest in learning Adobe CS on a Mac platform, knowledge or interest of video/audio production, and an interest in HTML, DHTML and CSS. The internship requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, attention to deadlines, and the ability to work collaboratively and share design solutions.

The ideal candidate will have fluency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, image editing and video-editing software. Strong writing skills, research know-how, organizational aptitude, excellent communication abilities, flexibility and a sharp eye for detail are essential.

Production Lighting Design
The Production Lighting Design Intern will experience the implementation of a professional lighting design in a regional theatre environment.  The ideal candidate will have prior experience in lighting design or as an electrician in either a college or professional setting. The internship requires specific day and evening availability, strong willingness to observe, learn and grow.