Internships

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Summer 2021 Interns

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!

Time Commitment

WFT@BU offers semester and season long internships.

  • Summer Internships are currently closed. We are still seeking applications for Education Intern, Teaching Assistant positions. See more info below. 

Interns typically work 5 to 25 hours per week but are flexible based on your availability and those required of the specific internship program. Start and end dates are also determined by program needs and individual availability. Please note, Education Interns will work closer to 32 – 40 hours a week during summer programming weeks (June 20 – August 12).

Internships will be held primarily in-person this summer. Specific programs may allow for virtual or hybrid internships, please see below for more details.

If you are looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity, click here.

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Qualifications

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.

Compensation

WFT@BU internships are paid (starting at $15/hour) or interns can receive college credit, when applicable. Additional compensation includes complimentary tickets, professional development and networking opportunities.

Internship Areas

WFT@BU offers the following opportunities for internships for summer internships. Click the title to view projects and responsibilities of the specific internship.

Audience Services Intern, Accessibility & Equity
  • 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.
  • Research audience development, and community-based initiatives around equity 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Audience Services Intern, School Outreach & Partnerships
  • 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Education Intern, Administrative Operations
  • Support the day-to-day operations of WFT@BU’s summer program, with three areas of focus, administrative operations, student & family relations, teaching & learning resource management.
  • Administrative operations duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing  online & in-person registration; supporting COVID-19 health & safety guidelines and policies; participate in the planning and execution of all areas of running a 9-week theatre arts summer program. 
  • Student & family relations duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Phone/email/in-person communication with families around student support, accessibility needs and learning plans; supervising lunch, breaks and pick-up & drop-off; possible assisting in the classroom.
  • Teaching & learning resource management duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: developing and implementing a teaching resources site; researching and including resources (visuals, worksheets, documents, plays, books, etc); collaborate with teaching artists to support their day-today materials and supplies
  • Applicants should have  strong communication skills, experience in administrative work  and an interest in arts education.

This position is in-person ONLY with  interns working approximately 40 hours per week. Ideal start date is the week of June 6.

Education Intern, Teaching Assistant
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant in in-person theatre arts classes/programs for students grades K to 12.
  • Support the day-to-day programming  operations of WFT@BU’s summer program including but not limited to: Phone/email/in-person communication with families around student support accessibility needs and learning plans; supporting pick-up & drop-off; supervising lunch and breaks; serving as a model student; possible lead teaching opportunities; additional in-class & administrative duties as assigned.
  • Participate in and support professional development and learning opportunities throughout the summer.
  • Applicants should have an interest in theatre arts education and working with young people and families. Specific expertise (technical theatre/production, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, etc) may be required to support in various classes. Previous experience teaching and developing curriculum is encouraged but not required.

This position is in-person ONLY with  interns working approximately 40 hours per week. An in-person orientation day will be held the week of June 13 with staggered start dates, based on programming needs, starting June 21.

Marketing Intern, Social Media
  • 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.)
  • Applicants 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 excitement and strong knowledge of brand work to the job. 

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Marketing Intern, Graphic Design
  • 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Marketing Intern, Community Partnerships
  • 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Multimedia & Video Intern
  • 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

Productions Intern, Artistic Operations
  • 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.
  • Seasonal:
    • 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 artist feels welcome and has all the tools for success at every stage of the audition process.
  • 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.

This position could be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with interns working no more than 20 hours per week.

How to Apply

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.