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Education and Community Outreach  Internships

Aubrey Deeker in A Fox on the Fairway

Signature Theatre’s Education Department operates year-round and has full and part-time internships available throughout the year. Education interns should be recent college graduates who are actively pursuing careers in theater or qualified junior or senior college students. Interns are treated as a vital part of Signature’s staff and gain valuable real-life work experience at a professional, award-winning, nationally-renowned theater.

Signature Theatre’s Education programs have received national recognition and respect. Interns in the Education department fill a vital role, serving in administrative, teaching and dramaturgical capacities. Interns assist with Signature in the Schools in rehearsals, in-class workshops and in preparation of study materials studied by nearly 1,800 students annually. Additionally, they coordinate free community events, summer programming, assist in supervising The Apprentice at Signature program, and oversee administration for classes and programs offered through The Signature Academy. They also help maintain administrative duties for all Education programs. On occasion, they may serve as a dramaturge for Signature’s main stage productions.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter stating your goals and expectations for an internship position with Signature and the time period for which you would like to be considered (fall, spring, or summer). Also include a résumé listing your educational background, work history, and theater/arts experience with references and an official college transcript. Applications with staples will be automatically rejected.

Send application materials to:

Signature Theatre
ATTN: Internships
4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206

FAQ:

How will I know my application materials have been received?  A member of Signature’s Education department will contact you to let you know your materials have been received.

How long will it take to know if a decision has been made regarding my application? It can take several weeks to hear back on the status of an application. We appreciate your patience.

Who should I use as reference? We recommend professionals or educators who know you personally and who have worked with you. Look at the intern descriptions and qualifications. Are there people who have worked with you in similar capacities? Those are the people to ask.

Are interns paid? Full-time interns receive a modest travel stipend. Part-time internships are unpaid.

Does Signature provide housing for interns? Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing for interns. There are several websites and organizations in the DC area that can aid in finding housing for internships including  The Washington Intern Housing Network. We will be happy to put you in contact with other interns who may be in need of roommates.

Is Signature Metro accessible? Signature Theatre is located in The Village at Shirlington, which is not Metro accessible. However, several buses leave from the nearby Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Pentagon stations to Shirlington on a regular basis. Additionally, there is a substantial amount of free parking near the theatre.

Is it possible to receive school credit for my internship? It is! If your school offers credit for internships, and you are interested in receiving credit for your internship at Signature, please make sure we know what’s required of you and, just as importantly, what’s required of us!

What are the hours for internships? Generally, interns will be expected to work Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM. However, occasional evenings, early hours or weekends may be expected.

Is it possible to be a full-time intern at Signature and hold an outside job? While some have done it in the past, we wouldn’t recommend it. Interning at Signature is a full-time job and depending on the internship, the schedule can fluctuate from week to week, making it difficult to pursue outside work.

Do you offer internships in other departments? Currently, the Education Internship is the only internship available at Signature Theatre. We encourage you to check back regularly to see if others have become available.

For more information about our internship opportunities, please contact Signature’s Education Department at 571 527 1854 or education@signature-theatre.org.