All Spring 2017 positions have been filled, but we have begun accepting applications for Summer 2017.
About Our Internship Program
MCC Theater interns gain a broad perspective on the day-to-day work environment of a non-profit Off-Broadway theater company, as well as a detailed understanding of how their specific department operates. We work with our interns to develop their individual strengths and to give them interesting work that will help them grow. MCC Theater internships are unpaid, but alternative benefits include:
- Two complimentary tickets to each MCC production at the Lucille Lortel Theater, plus access to first preview, staff rate tickets and standby seating.
- Access to creative team meet & greets, first preview performance and party, and volunteer opportunities at the Miscast gala
- An open invitation to all MCC Theater Youth Company master classes with actors, directors and designers
- Opportunities to attend all open readings for plays under consideration at MCC Theater
- Regular sit downs with education staff.
- Quarterly lunches with MCC Theater staff members and artists
Part-time and full-time internships are available to college students and recent college graduates.
The General Management intern works closely with the General Manager and Assistant General Manager to help facilitate financial records, special projects and research, company management, correspondence in and out of the office, general management files, and general office management.
The Artistic intern will work closely with the Artistic staff, providing producing and administrative support for all Artistic and Development programming. Artistic Interns help with research; data entry; facilitating our PlayLab readings series; assisting in the execution of internal readings; and lend support to our Mainstage Productions. The Artistic Internship is an opportunity for individuals who are interested in learning about how a non-profit theater both produces and develops new work. A strong work ethic and attention to detail are essential. Interest in the work we do and in producing is highly encouraged.
Literary interns act as readers for the MCC Literary Department. Interns are responsible for reading and writing evaluations of scripts submitted to MCC Theater for consideration for production. Additionally, literary interns are expected to assist in coordination and execution of annual PlayLab Reading series, including program printing, tracking attendance, assisting in reception set-up, participating in front of house and receptions. Literary interns spend 8 – 12 hours a week in the MCC offices. The literary internship required previous experience.
Development intern works closely with the Director of Development, Manager of Special Events and Managers of Individual Giving, on a variety of projects that support MCC Theater’s fundraising efforts. Intern will assist with: database management; correspondence; planning and executing donor cultivation and funding events; research; planning and tasks associated with annual gala fundraiser, Miscast; and maintenance of organizational systems.
Institutional Giving intern works closely with the Manager of Institutional Giving on research and writing related to fundraising from foundation, corporate, and government agencies. Intern will assist with: researching prospective funding opportunities; drafting proposals and letters of inquiry; collecting and organizing information for reporting purposes. Must have strong writing skills and an ability to implement feedback on written work.
The Marketing intern assists the Director of Marketing and Marketing Associate in various office duties such as managing audience communications/mailings, conducting research, facilitating audience surveys, maintaining department archives and databases, planning and implementing viral and grassroots marketing efforts. Excel and Social Media experience a must. Photoshop, Dreamweaver a plus.
Education & Outreach interns assist the Education Director in coordinating various MCC arts in education programs, including the MCC Theater Youth Company and in-school theater education residencies. This is a terrific opportunity to obtain hands-on experience working in a professional theater company’s education department. Interns will spend time in the office performing various administrative tasks, in the classroom as an assistant, and in production for our final Youth Company performances. Additionally, education interns will act as a liaison between all MCC interns and the MCC staff, setting up intern lunches and coordinating one-on-one check-ins with the Director of Education. Experience working with teenagers or arts education is a plus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the intern lunches?
Coordinated by the Education Intern, the lunches serve as an opportunity for interns to meet and network with staff members, actors, directors and designers at MCC Theater.
What are the MCC Youth Company master classes?
The MCC Theater Youth Company is a free program for NYC teens from all five boroughs. Youth Company members work on acting and playwriting throughout the year, and participate in monthly master classes with MCC artists. Interns are welcome to participate or observe. Past artists include playwright Neil LaBute and actors Tracee Chimo and Eddie Kaye Thomas.
How do I stay for more than one session?
Internships at MCC can be as short as four months but can also last a full season. If you decide you would like to stay beyond a four-month session, your direct supervisor and the Director of Education & Outreach will conduct a mid-session review to decide if staying on is beneficial for all involved.
I am interested in more than one internship. What do I do?
Feel free to list the departments you’re interested in order of your priorities on the application. While you cannot intern for two departments at once, there is often crossover where we will need “all hands on deck,” and interns will thus have the opportunity to interact with other departments. If it is beneficial to all involved, you can always reapply after completing one session to work in another department for the next session.
What if I am in school or have another job?
The staff at MCC Theater understand that you have to pay the bills and get degrees, so we are happy to coordinate schedules that ideally work for both the department and the intern. While some interns work full-time, most work part-time to accommodate the busy schedules of theater professionals.
Can I get course credit if I am still in school?
Yes, interns have received course credit for their work at MCC Theater. This is to be arranged individually by the interns.
To apply for an internship in any department, please fill out the application found here and email (preferred) or mail it along with a cover letter and resume to:
231 West 29th Street, Suite 303
New York, NY 10001
You will receive email verification when your application is received and processed.