Internships

Get experience with us. Dallas Children's Theater often uses qualified college undergraduate or graduate students of the performing arts, arts education or arts administration to work in full- or part-time internships.

Internships are customized for each participant and may include a combination of duties. A stipend is sometimes offered based upon the type of internship. Housing is not provided. Reliable transportation is required. Dallas Children's Theater will work with colleges or universities to arrange credited internships. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply throughout the year.

Areas for internship may include:

Production

Assistant Stage Management: Assist our stage manager at auditions, during rehearsals and serve on running crews for all main stage productions.

Technical: Assist production staff and designers in all areas of production. Duties may include set and prop construction, board operation, light hanging and clerical assistance.


Communications

Development: Assist the Development Director with the annual fund campaign and fundraising events, and grant proposal writing. Duties may include research, planning, computer data entry, mailing list maintenance and general office assistance.

PR/Marketing: Assist the PR/Marketing Director in the promotion and sales of all productions, education programs and special events for the theater. Duties may include writing press releases, newsletter preparation, general office work and customer relations.

Box Office/Subscription Campaign: Assist in ticket sales, customer relations, telemarketing and all aspects of computerized box office operations.

Community Engagement: 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.

Exxon/Mobil Community Summer Jobs Program(CSJP) Community Engagement Intern: Public Relations/Marketing - Credit and Non-credit available.Dallas Children's Theater has a successful initiative to make the magic of live theater accessible to all children. Rated one of Time Magazine's top five theaters for youth in the country, DCT plays, workshops, classes, and educational enrichment reach over 250,000 children every year. We are excited to be able to continue our reach to underserved groups. Theater is an incredibly powerful teaching tool, but parents of children with special needs are often hesitant to bring their kids to the theater. Similarly, parents for whom theater was not part of their culture or upbringing are often unaware of DCT's programming. The CSJP intern will work to make a diverse range of children and families feel excited to come to DCT and comfortable once they arrive.

The CSJP intern will work with DCT professionals to brainstorm, plan, and implement strategies to engage diverse families. The intern will also spend time in the community representing DCT and collaborating with other cultural and advocacy organizations. The position involves considerable freedom to think up new strategies and initiatives, so we are seeking someone who is self-motivated and able to work independently. This is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people, and students with an interest in marketing, education, non-profit management, or public relations would benefit from the experience.

Specific Responsibilities:
Research and develop strategies for bringing diverse families to Dallas Children's Theater. As our current outreach to Hispanic families, indigenous cultures and families with children on the Autism spectrum expands, Spanish skills or experience working with individuals with special needs is considered an asset;

Represent Dallas Children's Theater at community events, including arts expos, cultural festivals;

Research and compile information about other arts groups' strategies for diversity and inclusion and give presentations to DCT staff detailing findings;

Contact and collaborate with other local non-profits (e.g. The Latino Cultural Center, Indigenous Cultures Institute, Autism Speaks, South Dallas Cultural Center, Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, Artreach-Dallas, etc); and

Work with the communications team to make sure social media outreach reflects diversity efforts.

Next Steps:
Please complete and submit this application.


Education

Department Support: Assist Education Director in operation of drama classes for children ages 3 to 16. Duties may include data entry, light typing, assistant teaching, helping with After School Drama classes and Curtains Up On Reading classes and assisting with class performances.



For Consideration

Except where otherwise indicated, simply email resume and cover letter with contact information and three letters of recommendation and/or three references to Gina Waits, Intern Coordinator at:
gina.waits@dct.org.

For more information contact Gina Waits at 214-978-0110, ext. 138.

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