Expand your horizons and build your future.
There are many ways to enhance your training as a Theater student at Occidental College, including Undergraduate Summer Research and Study Abroad. You can also deepen your experience and make connections for your post-Oxy career through summer internships. You may elect to enroll in INT100 (0-units) or INT200 (2-units and a nominal enrollment fee) while undertaking an internship but this is not required.
Available Internships and Fellowships
Edgerton Program in Theater Summer Internships
The Edgerton Foundation Program in Theater at Occidental College will support two (2) full-time Summer Internships for Summer 2020. The work expectations for Edgerton internships are approximately 10 weeks at ~40 hours per week. The study grant awards $5700.00, comparable to the Los Angeles Arts Council Internship program.
Support from the Edgerton Foundation is for:
UNPAID internships with local partner Theaters.
For summer 2020, internships with Cornerstone Theater Company will be given particular attention. Theater is collaborating with Cornerstone on the development of the Highland Park Community Project for a fall 2020 production, directed by Michael John Garces (Artistic Director of Cornerstone), as our first fall mainstage production. If interested, contact Susan Gratch for more information.
UNPAID internships at other established THEATER companies ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.
It is not necessary to have an internship offer in hand in order to apply, though we do want to know where you have already applied or are planning to apply.
Priority will be given to applications from declared majors followed by those from declared minors. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received Edgerton support previously. Students who secure shorter internship programs may be considered for pro-rated funding if it is available after all full-time applicants have been considered.
Students who secure an internship through Oxy’s InternLA program or the LADAC are not eligible for Edgerton funding.
Positions for summer 2020 will be posted online at the end of March 2020. You can visit the list of 2019 summer internships to get a sense of the arts organizations who are seeking interns and types of internships offered.
Applications for Summer 2020 will be posted in March.
Details of each internship differ - be sure to read the position requirements including application materials required and time commitment (days and hours per week, duration of the internship.) Check out the Tips web page as you think about applying.
Edgerton Program in Theater Post-Grad Fellowship
The Edgerton Program in Theater at Occidental College is pleased to offer one (1) Post-Graduation Fellowship for 2020-21. This Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to Theater majors graduating in May 2020. This $21,000.00 study grant will be awarded based on:
- Excellent academic and production qualifications in the Theater major, other Theater experiences (internships, undergraduate research, independent projects, etc.) and
- Obtaining a seasonal (8-10 month) position with an established theater company anywhere in the United States. Positions in related industries will not be accepted this year.
Half-time unpaid positions or full-time positions with insufficient compensation will be prioritized for this support, paid as a study grant.
The start date may be as early as May 16, 2020 and as late as October 1, 2020. Please feel free to apply for the Fellowship even if you are still in the application process for such positions. We will begin reviewing applications on March 16, 2020 so the earlier you apply, the better.
See information below to get started on possible seasonal positions.
Please feel free to contact Susan Gratch (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have ANY questions.
Finding Internships or Post-grad Employment
In addition to the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture Internship listings and Center Theater Group, be sure to investigate other Los Angeles area companies.
The Education or Employment pages of most theater companies are great resources for summer or seasonal positions. Here are a few you might consider:
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashville, OR) (Facebook info)
Steppenwolf Theater Company (Chicago, IL)
Playwrights Horizons (NYC)
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ)
Manhattan Theater Club (NYC)
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh, PA)
Alliance Theater (Atlanta, GA)
The Old Globe (San Diego, CA) - application deadline March 1 for summer internships
American Conservatory Theater (ACT) (San Francisco, CA) - application deadline March 1 for summer internships
5th Avenue Theater (Seattle, WA)
There are many more theaters!
Peninsula Players - (Door County, WI) “Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater”
Florida Studio Theater - (Sarasota, FL) Professional Training Program seeking Interns & Apprentices - priority application deadline March 1.