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FAQs

Q: How long do your internships and fellowships run?
A: All professional internships and fellowships run ten months in length, from August or September through the following June or July.

Q: If a portfolio is required, may I send hard-copies?
A: Yes. However, do not send originals as they will not be returned. Candidates should also avoid sending large pieces. Electronic attachments and/or links to on-line portfolios are preferred.

Q: How are interns compensated? Is housing available?
A: Interns and fellows receive $150 weekly to help defray the cost of living expenses. No taxes are deducted from this amount. Housing is provided for all out-of-town interns and fellows. STC housing is fully-furnished, includes all utilities, and is located in a residential neighborhood of Capitol Hill within walking distance of the Administrative offices as well as the Metrorail system.

Q: Can I hold another job during my internship/fellowship?
A: Due to the rigorous work schedule in all departments, interns/fellows should not depend on supplemental income from an additional job. However, some interns/fellows have been able to take part-time shifts in house management, box office or teleservices when their schedule allows.

Q: How does the application process work?
A: Candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of all application materials. If you are invited to interview, you will be contacted directly by the Training Programs Manager. We begin scheduling interviews in February. Not all candidates are invited to interview/audition. While every effort is made to inform candidates of their status, it is not always possible due to the high volume of applicants. Hiring decisions are usually made by May. Once a position has been filled, all other candidates will be informed that the position has been filled.

Q: Are in-person interviews scheduled?
A: Due to the high volume of applications, all scheduled interviews take place over the phone. Specific departments may invite second interview candidates to an in-person interview if necessary.

Q: Do you accept videotaped auditions for the acting fellowship?
A: No. All auditions for the acting fellowship are invite-only and in-person.

Q: How competitive is admission to the internship and fellowship programs?
A: Each year we receive roughly 600 to 1,000 applications for approximately 20 internships and fellowships.

Q: Do you offer summer internships?
A: Each summer, STC Education invites a number of college students to help facilitate its summer education programs. Ideal for candidates interested in exploring careers in theatre education, these internships offer multiple opportunities to share the love and craft of theatre with young people and teens throughout the greater metropolitan area. Exceptional candidates will have prior experience working with youth, preferably in the arts. These summer education internships are full-time, short-term engagements that span from late-June to mid-August. Summer interns receive a weekly stipend, but are not provided with housing. To apply, use the same criteria as you would for a full-season internship, but specify that you are applying specifically for a summer internship in your cover letter.

Q: Do you offer non-paid, part-time internships?
A: Each year, a limited number of apprenticeships are made available in production and administrative departments. Apprenticeships are ideal for students who require a practical internship experience to complete their undergraduate or graduate studies. These non-paid apprenticeships are generally part-time, short-term engagements that span the rehearsal and run of a single production or an entire school semester. No stipend or housing is available to apprentices. If candidates are completing an apprenticeship for credit, the candidate must make all necessary arrangements with their school prior to joining the Shakespeare Theatre Company apprenticeship program. To apply, use the same criteria as you would for a full-season internship, but specify that you are applying specifically for an apprenticeship in your cover letter.

Q: Who is eligible for an internship/fellowship?
A: Typically our interns/fellows have an undergraduate degree in theatre or are in the early stages of their professional careers. While qualification requirements differ from internship to internship, all of our interns/fellows must show a desire to further their careers in theatre.

Q: Are there internships/fellowships available for high school students?
A: Unfortunately, no. While STC receives a high volume of requests for internships from high school students, the rigorous demands and work schedule of a professional theatre does not provide sufficient supervision and/or training for high school students. Middle and high school students are encouraged to explore theatre arts through various education programs such as classes and Camp Shakespeare. We also invite interested students to join our STC Student Ambassadors program.

Q: Do you offer for-credit internships?
A: Yes. Accepted candidates must make all arrangements with their school to award credit for participating in STC’s internship/fellowship program.

Q: Are international applicants considered for internships/fellowships?
A: Yes. However, international applicants should make any and all arrangements to secure a J-1 Visa prior to consideration. STC will not coordinate or make any arrangements to secure a J-1 Visa.

Q: When are applications due?
A: Application materials for the 2012–2013 Season are due by April 1, 2012. We typically begin to accept applications in January.