Internships at Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University (WFT@BU) are exciting opportunities for the next generation of artists, educators, administrators to learn and work in a professional midsize theatre dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.
Through hands-on projects, networking opportunities, and professional development, interns will develop the tools necessary to be successful in their chosen field.
Join our family and apply for an internship today!
WFT@BU offers semester and season long internships.
- Summer: June 1 – August 20 (Rolling applications beginning Feb 22, positions opened until filled)
- Fall: September 20 – December 15 (Rolling applications beginning August 2)
- Winter/Spring: January 15 – May 31 (Rolling applications beginning November 1)
- Season – September 20 – May 31 (Rolling applications beginning August 2)
Typically, interns work 5 to 25 hours per week but are flexible based on your schedule and those of the specific internship program. Some positions will require evening and weekend availability. WFT Staff will work with selected interns to create their individualized schedules.
If you are looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity, click here.
WFT@BU offers internships to college and graduate level students and early career professionals with a range of experiences and backgrounds. Please see the individual internship descriptions for specific qualifications. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for an internship.
For teen opportunities, click here.
WFT@BU internships are unpaid but interns can receive college credit, when applicable. Additional compensation includes complimentary tickets, professional development and networking opportunities.
WFT@BU offers the following opportunities for internships for both seasonal and season-long internships. Click the title to view projects and responsibilities of the specific internship.
Please note, we are offering both in-person & remote internships for the 2021 and 2022 season.
- Completing dramaturgical research for upcoming productions with the opportunity to write for WFT’s blog and social media.
- Reading plays; researching new plays, playwrights, and stories to adapt for the stage; and writing reviews in order to support WFT’s season planning processes.
- Assisting in the maintenance of WFT’s literary database.
- Completing administrative tasks that support the day-to-day operations of the Artistic Department.
- Supporting the Casting Director in the process of casting shows across the season: organizing headshots, selecting and printing sides, scheduling auditions, monitoring auditions, and overall supporting the Casting Director in ensuring that the artists feels welcome and has all the tools for success at ever stage of the audition process.
- Re-stocking and organizing of props and costume storage.
- Applicants should have a strong interest in playwriting, new play development and writing. Previous experience with plays for youth and families is encouraged but not required.
- Research audience development, and community-based initiatives around equity and inclusion best practices.
- Assist in the development and execution of WFT’s Access programs (ASL, open captioning, audio description, tactitle tours, sensory friendly performances, social stories, etc)
- Research audience development and community-based initiatives around accessibility and inclusion best practices.
- Applicants should have an interest in equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or accessibility in the arts. Previous experience with this type of work is encouraged but not required.
- Support the Audience Services Manager in the day-to-day operations of the box office and professional theatre (answer phones/emails, serve as front of house staff, etc).
- Asist in the research and development of programs related to audiences services (membership/subscription models, discount ticket initiatives, community promotions)
- Assist in maintaining & updating patron and school contact databases (Updating contact information, merging duplicate profiles, researching new school contacts, etc)
- Applicants should have some basic knowledge of Microsoft Suite, G-Suite. Previous experience with OvationTix is desirable but not required.
- Assist in developing relationships between WFT and local community organizations whose missions are aligned with that of WFT.
- Assist in researching and developing strategies and programs that engage community members (families,schools, organizations) and raise awareness of Wheelock Family Theatre and the benefits of live theatre.
- Assist in planning, marketing, and executing community engagement programs such as talkbacks, virtual tours, and interactive materials that extend and expand the theatre experience. Solicit community feedback.
- Applicants should have strong communication skills and an interest in arts education and community engagement.
- Assist in the planning and execution of education classes/programs for grade Pre-K to 12. Duties may include data entry, developing and maintaining essential documents, communicating with families and teaching artists, tech support, among others.
- Research and support new and ongoing professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists, including dramaturgical research and culturally responsive curriculum development.
- Serve as a Teaching Assistant in theatre arts classes/programs.
- Applicants should have an interest in theatre arts education and working with young people and families. Previous experience teaching and developing curriculum is encouraged but not required.
- Supporting all areas of Wheelock Family Theatre’s fundraising efforts, with emphasis on individual giving.
- Assisting in coordinating direct mail/e-mail campaigns for individual donors.
- Researching prospective individual and institutional funders.
- Supporting special projects and cultivation events (opening nights, 40 Going on 50! Anniversary, alumni events, etc) as needed.
- Applicants should have good computer and research skills, be organized, personable, self-motivated, and have an interest in fundraising/development at a non-profit arts organization.
- Independently managing projects related to marketing campaigns, website work, and advertising.
- Marketing and sales reporting
- Create and maintain strategic outreach and coordinate partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations, brands, and influencers
- Strategic research and planning for future productions
- Assisting with content creation and social media monitoring
- Managing and updating content calendars for multiple brands on different social media platforms
- Designing and creating content for posting (IG stories, graphics, etc.)
- Assisting with content creation assignments (blog posts, newsletters, etc.)
- Avid social media user – up on the latest trends for each social platform (IG, TikTok, FB, etc.)
- Applicant should be interested in exploring all areas of marketing, from social media to email strategy and more. Strong applicants will have a passion for experience based marketing and knowledge of new and creative ways to reach WFT audiences. Strong applicants will bring an excitement and strong knowledge of brand work to the job.
- Assist in and develop graphic design concepts for WFT’s programs and work for use in print and online (website, e-mails, social media platforms).
- Research ways to make digital materials (program booklets, brochures, social stories) more interactive and engaging for patrons.
- Support the ongoing work of the Marketing Coordinator in the development and execution of Wheelock Family Theatre’s marketing and communications plan
- Applicants should have an interest in and previous experience in graphic design. Knowledge of and skills in using Illustrator, InDesign and other Adobe programs is encouraged but not required.
- Brainstorm, plan, and implement strategies to engage diverse families and ensure all are aware of the benefits of live theater for their children and for their families. The intern will also spend time in the community representing DCT and collaborating with other cultural and advocacy organizations.
- Research and develop relationships with organizations in the Greater Boston Area.
- Research and present new areas of growth for WFT to enhance our relationships with surrounding organizations.
- Applicants should have a strong interest in community partnership, growth and must be open and willing to creating and maintaining strong relationships within our community.
- Assist in and develop multimedia experiences and videos to support WFT’s programs and work.
- Create and edit original video content to help market WFT programs and performances.
- Support the Education & Production Department with special projects as needed.
- Applicants should have an interest and previous experience in video production and multimedia design. Knowledge of and skills in using Adobe programs are encouraged, but not required.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of August 20. Invitations for interviews will be emailed the week of August 23 with interviews to take place the week of September 6. Internships will begin the week of September 20th.
To apply you will complete a short informational form, and upload a current resume and personal statement.
Personal statements are an opportunity to share about yourself and your interest in interning with WFT@BU. Personal Statements can be either written, a drawing, panting, multimedia or a short video. Use this as an opportunity to tell us about you and why you are interested in an internship at WFT. Creativity and personal interpretation are encourage!
Applications for internships for fall 2021 & the 2021/2022 season are now open.