The La Jolla Playhouse Internship Program offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional experience by working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians. Both full-time and part-time internships are available throughout the year. Your application will not be considered until all the materials have been submitted.
Applications for the La Jolla Playhouse Internship Program are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit an application online by using the link below. An application, cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation must be received prior to consideration. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the application.
You may also mail your application materials to:
La Jolla Playhouse
Attn: Internship Program
P.O. Box 12039
La Jolla, CA 92039
Please note that La Jolla Playhouse does not offer any stipend or housing as part of the Internship Program.
The La Jolla Playhouse Internship Program is only open to current undergraduate and graduate students. If you are a high school student interested in becoming involved at La Jolla Playhouse please consider learning more about our Teen Council.
Internships are available in the following departments:
Potential interns must have a strong theatre background and interest in exploring the day-to-day operations of an artistic department. The successful candidate must have excellent computer, writing and organizational skills, and should have an interest in casting, new play/musical development and artistic administration.
Submission Deadline for Summer 2019* – March 22, 2019
Submission Deadline for Fall 2019* – August 2, 2019
Submission Deadline for Winter/Spring 2020* – November 22, 2019
*start and end dates are designated on an individual basis
Interns will assist the Artistic staff in a variety of administrative tasks, from general correspondence to local casting. Other duties may include assisting the Artistic staff in a new play workshop, reading and evaluation of scripts, dramaturgical research, ongoing organization and maintenance of the Playhouse library and occasional errands.
One of the country’s leading regional theatres, La Jolla Playhouse produces adventurous, eclectic plays and musicals year-round, with an emphasis on the development of new works. Our administrative office is a dynamic, fast-paced environment, providing artistic interns the opportunity for a broad range of experiences with some of the top resident and visiting theatre artists in the country. Artistic interns are given access to rehearsals (when allowed), tech rehearsals, invited dress performances, previews and the opening night parties. Positions are full-time or part-time, and are available year-round.
Interns must have strong personal and organizational skills. Must be able to represent La Jolla Playhouse to all visiting artists in a professional and friendly manner. Intern must be detail oriented and must be able to handle many tasks at once as well as work independently. Must be able to handle a flexible work schedule. Intern must have a current driver’s license, a good driving record and, for insurance reasons, be over the age of 21.
Intern will be expected to be a very good troubleshooter and be able to work well with vendors and guest artists. Intern will run errands and assist the department with special events.
Company management is a high-energy department. Intern will gain a thorough and unique knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Playhouse. Will meet and interact with professional artists and La Jolla Playhouse staff. Intern will help with daily tasks and support and plan large events for the organization. Intern will assist company management with coordinating and arranging housing, creating welcome packets, safely driving company vehicles, and acting as a liaison between La Jolla Playhouse and all visiting artists. Expect to work varied hours and to be in constant demand. Company management is full of excitement and fun—there is rarely a dull moment. Full-time positions open in the summer, fall and winter.
A graduate or upper-level undergraduate who has an interest in theatre administration and/or fundraising. Intern must have strong writing and verbal communication skills, be detailed oriented, have basic knowledge of computer/word processing and be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks. Flexibility and willingness to learn new systems are essential.
Assist with general office correspondence, department mailings, prospect research, data entry, Xeroxing, and filing. Intern would also help support and staff special events.
Intern(s) can sharpen administrative skills, further develop communication skills, and have multiple opportunities for responding flexibly and responsibly to deadlines, highly varied tasks and the needs and personalities of different people. Intern can expect to increase his/her understanding of how to conduct a fundraising campaign, familiarity with special events, institutional marketing and public relations, as well as what resources different people – staff, artists, trustees, volunteers, audiences and the larger community – contribute to make not-for-profit arts organizations successful. Position may be either part-time or full-time.
A motivated individual with a background and passion for theater and education. Administrative and computer skills a must, including a working knowledge of Excel and Word. Intern must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Must be able to handle many tasks at once, work independently and be open to a flexible work schedule.
Intern will be expected to assist the department with special events at the Playhouse, including pre and post performance events and programs. Administrative and organizational support with school programs in the community such as residencies, annual POP Tour, Young Performers’ Workshop, Conservatory and daily office-related tasks.
Intern will gain knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Playhouse and its education and outreach programs. Will work with teaching artists, stage management, La Jolla Playhouse staff, parents, children and patrons. Expect to work hard, interact with theatre professionals and be inspired to further the field of Theatre Education. Full and part-time positions available in the spring, summer, winter and fall semesters. Year-long positions will also be considered.
A motivated individual with a background and passion for theatre and education. Intern must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills in working with children, grades 3 through 12. Experience in a summer camp or counselor position helpful.
Interns will be expected to assist teaching artists for one of the three programs which make up [email protected]: Young Performers’ Workshop (for students in grades 3-12), Young Performers’ Academy (for students in grades 5 – 12) and Young Performers’ Conservatory (for students in grades 10 – 12). Activities include assisting courses in acting, musical theatre, movement and improvisation. Interns will provide administrative support to teaching artists as well as working with students on a daily basis.
Intern will gain knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Playhouse and its [email protected] program. Will work with teaching artists, La Jolla Playhouse staff, parents and children. Expect to work hard, interact with theatre professionals and be inspired to further the field of Theatre Education. The Young Performers’ Workshop internship runs Monday – Friday for five weeks, the Young Performers’ Academy internship runs Monday – Friday for three weeks, and the Young Performers’ Conservatory internship runs Monday – Friday for six weeks. Full and part-time positions available for summer months.
An undergraduate student interested in arts administration including artist contracting, budgeting, external business communications, artist/agent relations, union relations and human resources. Students in finance, business and arts administration are encouraged to apply. Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills and computer skills including Excel, Word and Outlook. Personal vehicle, a sense of humor and flexibility to do a wide variety of tasks are important.
Intern will work on the following projects: aid with first rehearsal duties and contracting actors and authors, assist in coordinating out of town auditions, assist in contract drafting and offer process, manage union and counsel files regarding Actors’ Equity and LORT, research tasks via internet and historical records, help create new systems for organizing production information, keep current files on productions, aid with posting open job descriptions, respond to external information requests, as well as general office duties (filing correspondence, faxing, copying, errands).
Intern will work on multiple projects simultaneously—prioritizing is important. 20 hours per week is desired. It is preferable to have hours spread evenly among the days of the week due to daily tasks, between the hours of 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
An undergraduate student interested in the Information Technology field. Experience with help desk support, inventory management, active directory maintenance are strongly desirable. Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills and advanced computer skills including a strong understanding of Windows 7 and Office 2010. Aptitude for detail, a sense of humor and flexibility to do a wide variety of tasks are important.
As an intern you will be exposed to a variety of tasks related to IT administration including daily cell phone, help desk and remote access support.
Intern will work on multiple projects simultaneously, will assist IT Staff with routine tasks and special projects. Flexible weekly schedule of 15 to 25 hours per week. Opportunities available throughout the year.
An undergraduate or graduate student interested in marketing, advertising, and audience development. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a basic knowledge of computer applications (Word, Excel). A person with an interest in the theatre with good people skills. A sense of humor is a must. Knowledge of or experience with Tessitura, Mail2, Formstack and Photoshop is a plus. A personal vehicle for distribution of La Jolla Playhouse marketing and sales materials is a plus, but not a requirement.
To assist the communications department in the daily tasks of marketing and audience development. Communications interns have the opportunity to be intimately involved in the inclusive workings of a world-renowned theatre’s communications department. A marketing internship involves management and distribution of promotion materials, representing and promoting La Jolla Playhouse productions at community events, attending department meetings, maintaining records, market research, special projects and other administrative duties.
Intern should be a self-motivated student interested in the learning process of advertising and marketing in the performing arts. Full-time and part-time internship opportunities available throughout the year.
An upper-level undergraduate or graduate student who has a strong background in Production Management, Stage Management, or related Technical Experience with a strong interest in pursuing a career in Production Management.
Intern must have good organizational and communication skills. Should be a self-starter with the ability to work on independent projects through to completion.
An individualized internship based on previous experience and will vary in accordance with the needs of our season. Duties may include: Calendaring, Budgeting, Contracting, Project Management, Show Support, Administrative Support, Inventory Management, and Maintenance of Safety Programs. Intern will be privy to confidential information and must be able to exercise professional discretion.
Intern will have the opportunity to learn and work alongside Directors, Designers, Artists, Technicians, as well as the Playhouse’s Production and Administrative Staff.
Positions available in the spring, summer, winter and fall semesters. Year-long positions will also be considered.
An undergraduate or graduate student interested in public, community and media relations for the arts. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and basic computer skills. Must be good with people and have an interest in theatre communications. Personal vehicle, a sense of humor and a flexible schedule are also a plus.
Public relations interns will have the opportunity to be intimately involved in the day-to-day workings of a world-renowned theatre’s communications department. Work involves development and distribution of press kits and press releases, maintenance of press archives and clippings, compiling program material, attending department meetings, errands and various administrative tasks. Other opportunities outside of the Public Relations department include participating in the development and distribution of marketing and promotional materials, representing and promoting La Jolla Playhouse productions at community events in the San Diego area and assisting the artistic department in various rehearsal-related tasks.
Intern should be a self-motivated student with a keen and lively interest in learning about the world of public relations and the theatre. Full-time and part-time internship opportunities available throughout the year.
Accepting applications for Winter 2019
A graduate or upper-level undergraduate who has an interest in special events, including theatre administration and/or fundraising. Intern must have strong written and verbal communication skills, be detail oriented, have basic knowledge of computer/word processing and be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks. Flexibility and willingness to learn new systems and physical tasks are essential.
Intern will help support and staff special events, including our annual La Jolla Playhouse Gala. Duties may include manning check-in tables, creating timelines and pull lists, setting décor for events, assisting with vendor relations, prospect research, data entry, general office correspondence and other tasks as requested.
Interns will learn the ins and outs of events, what goes into an event from set up to tear down, and how to problem solve on the fly. Additionally, interns will further develop communication skills, have multiple opportunities for responding responsibly to deadlines, the needs and personalities of different people and completing highly varied tasks. Interns may expect to increase their understanding of how to conduct a fundraising campaign, institutional marketing and public relations, as well as what resources different people—staff, artists, trustees, volunteers, audiences and the larger community—contribute to make not-for-profit arts organizations successful. Position may be either part-time or full-time. Please note that this is an unpaid internship.
An upper-level undergraduate student who has experience and interest in stage management. Must be highly motivated and eager to learn. Must be willing to work six days a week and be present at all rehearsals.
Work with stage management during rehearsals, tech and previews.
Intern will learn how to run rehearsals from professional union stage managers and will be involved in all aspects of production. Positions available in the spring, summer, winter and fall semesters. Year-long positions will also be considered.