Center Theatre Group offers internships for college undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. Our interns get hands-on experience at departments across the company, study and learn alongside professionals, and participate in career development programs.
Read our internship descriptions for details on individual internships and departments. All internships are part of a company-wide structured learning experience that includes mandatory weekly professional development sessions on Friday afternoons on topics such as resume and cover letter writing, careers in Los Angeles theatre, and diversity and inclusion.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this program and all applications are currently on hold at least through the end of April 2021. As soon as we have more information about when we will be able to return to normal operations, we will update this page and send a message to the Education newsletter, educator partners, and to colleges and universities using Handshake. Until then, we do not have openings and cannot provide additional information about when this program will return.
Application Materials & Process
Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early as interns may be selected prior to application deadlines.
Every applicant must submit:
- An official Center Theatre Group Internship Application (available here)
- Business resume (not your acting or design resume)
- Customized cover letter detailing why you are interested in this specific internship at our organization
Please email all three items as separate PDF attachments. Some internships require additional application materials; see the internship descriptions for details.
You may apply for more than one internship, but must submit separate cover letters for each. You may sign the application electronically. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Do not submit multiple copies of the same application.
Submit all materials to us via email (preferred): Internships@CenterTheatreGroup.org.
If you cannot send materials via email, please mail all documents (including multiple cover letters if you are applying to more than one internship) via USPS in one envelope to:
Center Theatre Group Internship Program
601 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Our internships are highly competitive. We strongly suggest you take your time and submit a thoughtful, concise application. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (below), "Tips for Applying to Our Internship Program" on our blog, or "Five Tips for Applying to Internships" on ARTSblog for additional tips.
We also have helpful videos on how to apply for jobs and internships in the arts with topics including:
- Questions to Ask Before You Apply
- Cover Letters
If your question is not covered, please contact us via email Internships@CenterTheatreGroup or phone at 213.972.8031.
We're proud to participate in local internship and apprenticeship programs, including the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program, USC’s David Dukes Memorial Scholarship Program, Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program, Occidental College’s InternLA Program, the Exploring the Arts Apprentice Program, and The League/ATPAM’s Diversity Initiative. If you are an organization or school representative interested in building a partnership with us, please contact us via email at Internships@CenterTheatreGroup.org by phone at 213.972.8031.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. All applicants must submit a separate cover letter, resume, and PDF Center Theatre Group Internship Application for each position during the application window. We do not keep resumes on file. Choose one position that greatly interests you and submit a thoughtful, well-researched cover letter that expresses what you would bring to the position, what you hope to learn, and why the internship would support you in your career development. If two positions appeal to you, you can submit two separate cover letters and we will see to it that each is considered separately.
We offer most internships in three cycles annually. Fall applications open in late August, start in October, and end in December. Spring applications open in late December, start in February, and end in April. Summer applications open in late April, start in June, and end in August. To be notified when applications open, join our Student Body mailing list.
Most undergraduate internships are 10 weeks long and range from 10–16 hours/week split over two weekdays. Graduate-level internships are 13 weeks long and range from 20-32 hours/week split over three or four weekdays. Interns must attend professional development sessions on Fridays between 11am-3pm. Most internships take place during our regular office hours: Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm. See individual internship descriptions for details.
Please do not apply if you are not available for the full time commitment, including Fridays, and in the specified date range.
All of our interns are compensated, either through college/university credit or via a stipend. When you apply, please indicate which you would prefer to receive. Once the internship is secured, it is the responsibility of the intern to register for an internship course and inform his/her supervisor of any requirements or paperwork necessary to receive credit. If you indicate you are able to take the internship for credit, you will be expected to do so if selected. Stipends are based on hours per week worked, and range from $500/term for undergraduates to $1,000/month for graduate students.
We are unable to host any unpaid interns.
Positions vary by term. We offer an average of 10 undergraduate positions and three graduate-level positions each term. In the past two years, undergraduate internships have been offered in Account Sales, Artistic Development, August Wilson Program, Community Partnerships, Company Management, Costume Design, Development, Education, Finance, Front-of-House, Graphics, Human Resources, Information Systems, Lighting Design, Marketing, Media & Communications, Prop Design, Theatre Management, and Ticket Operations. Graduate-level positions have been offered in the August Wilson Program, Education, Information Systems, Literary, Marketing, Sherwood Award Program, Technical Direction, and Producing.
We do not currently offer internships in acting, directing, scenic design, or stage management.
We strongly suggest you only apply for a position that will support you in your career path. Our supervisors receive up to 40 applications each term. They're looking for a person with genuine interest in the specific internship position, and whose career would be supported and enhanced by this internship opportunity. For example, the strongest candidate for the Community Partnerships internship is someone who has a demonstrated interest in working in the community, some experience, and is curious about pursuing community-based work as a career. If you are looking for a broader experience or aren’t sure what area of arts management appeals to you, you may be better suited to an internship at a smaller theatre company, where you’ll have opportunities to work with multiple departments. For summer positions, we suggest you look at the range of local theatre companies participating in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program.
Our internship program may not be a good fit for aspiring actors, designers, and directors' career development. We'd advise you to look for opportunities through Big Cheap Theatre, a Yahoo! Listserv used by the Los Angeles theatre community to post auditions, jobs, volunteer opportunities, and community announcements. Learn about how to audition for Center Theatre Group.
A strong cover letter for usually addresses:
- Why you want to work in a particular department and/or with the internship supervisor.
- What you hope to learn or gain from the internship, and how this will support your career path.
- Why you are interested in learning these skills at Center Theatre Group (instead of a smaller theatre, a for-profit theatre, a movie studio, etc.).
- What you bring to the position that makes you uniquely suited to the internship.
Your work resume should be a 1–2 page document that outlines your education, work history and what each position entailed, and hard skills (computer programs, languages spoken, etc.). Some resumes also include information about volunteer positions, awards received, and professional reference contact information. Please do not include a photo, acting credits, a list of courses taken, or fun facts.
Yes. International students have interned for us while on a three-month student Visa. However, we do not sponsor international applicants. A J1 Visa is likely not a viable option for our program, as the J1 is designed for a longer work opportunity than our 10-week program. In order to participate, international students must have a United States Social Security number OR register for school credit through their college or university.
We do not offer internships for high school students and/or people under the age of 18. We encourage young people under age 18 to join our Student Body mailing list and explore our student events. Our program has no age limit for older college undergraduate and graduate students. If you fit the eligibility requirements and believe you would benefit from our program, we encourage you to apply.
If you have been out of school for more than one semester (undergraduates) or one year (graduate-level), you are not eligible for our Internship Program. Please take a look at our employment opportunities page instead.
We consider some applications from young people not currently enrolled in higher education. Please contact us via email by phone at 213.972.8031 to discuss.
Supervisors only receive the first page of the Center Theatre Group Internship Application along with the applicant's resume and cover letter. The Internship Program Manager, who does not make selection decisions, is the only person who sees the additional pages. Center Theatre Group collects candidate data for tracking and human resources purposes only. Demographic data is optional, but helps us report on our program. Information about past felonies is required.
We would love to connect with you. Please contact Camille Schenkkan (213.972.8031).
Center Theatre Group’s Internship program receives funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. The Teen Theatregoers program is generously supported by a grant from the California Arts Council.