Theatre Communications Group Intern
Theatre Communications Group
520 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
About this Job
As the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre, TCG offers services in line with our mission: to strengthen, nurture, and promote the not-for-profit American theatre. TCG serves theatre artists and organizations by recognizing and encouraging activism, artistry, advocacy and global citizenship. We provide professional development for theatre leaders, research and data analysis for the field, advocacy on the federal level, as well as the publication of American Theatre magazine, ARTSearch, and our award-winning book program.
Our internships are offered year-round and are generally held in the fall, winter/spring and summer semesters. There is no housing or stipend available, but TCG makes sure to provide other worthwhile benefits and perks. Some of these include: the unique experience of interacting with the national theatre community, networking opportunities at our field-wide convenings, practical experience in a variety of professional disciplines, free copies of American Theatre magazine, free books and plays and discount ticket offers. Below are descriptions of the internships available at TCG, as well as information on how to apply.
Whether your interests are in arts administration, production, leadership, event planning, public relations, fundraising, or artistic pursuits - you will gain valuable experience and nurture influential relationships when you become a TCG Intern.
Research, Policy and Collective Action Intern:
Intern will provide administrative support for the Research, Policy and Collective Action department. This department’s portfolio also includes Education. Working as part of a three-person team, responsibilities will include compiling topical research, coordinating professional development programs, editing online resources and attending staff and project meetings, as necessary. The intern will also work with staff to analyze and craft advocacy messaging on various arts legislative issues. The candidate must be organized, personable, detail-oriented, possess excellent writing and communication skills, be fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and work well under pressure.
American Theatre Magazine Intern:
Intern will work closely with the staff of the magazine, assisting with a variety of editorial and administrative tasks such as fact checking, proofreading, photo research and story planning, with the possibility of some writing assignments. Candidates must have strong journalism skills and should submit a writing sample when applying. Intern may also work with the book program, assisting in editorial duties.
Communication and Conferences Intern:
Intern will assist the four-person Communications and Conferences team with strategic communications and conference programming. Intern will assist with all planning, correspondence, registrant materials and other logistics for TCG’s annual Fall Forum, National Conference, as well as other TCG programming, including in-person and virtual meetings. Intern will be responsible for writing materials, including press releases, pitches, backgrounders, etc. Intern will develop story ideas/angles, create targeted media lists, research and identify speaking opportunities for TCG leadership and monitor media coverage on the organization and of TCG constituents (i.e. members, grant recipients, writers). The internship is best suited for someone who wants to gain an understanding of the diverse and vast national theatre field. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and able to work in close collaboration and think quickly on his or her feet. Candidates should be fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel - and have excellent communication, writing and editing skills. The candidate should also be a pragmatic, curious problem solver, who has knowledge of (and interest in) theatre.
Graphic Design Intern:
Intern will have the opportunity to take part in the creative process of graphic design - turning a concept into reality. Intern will assist TCG’s Creative Director in magazine production, from design to production to pre-press to web. This individual will also work closely with the Senior Designer on in-house collateral projects, design ads, create web graphics and produce flyers and brochures. Candidates must have strong communication design skills and be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite. This is a very hands-on position, ideal for someone interested in building his or her graphic design portfolio. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send seven PDF samples of your best work or provide us with a website URL with your application materials. When you apply, please save all materials as PDF’s rather than word documents.
Intern will learn how a non-profit raises money from different funders and the different approach to each (institutional funders versus individuals). In addition, this individual will learn the format for a grant proposal for institutional funders (foundations, corporations and governmental agencies), how to conduct prospect research on potential funders, and about the complete process of cultivating donors from research to initial approach to applying to processing grants and submitting reports. The ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with office experience, fluent in MS Word, Excel and Outlook and interested in non-profit arts fundraising.
Executive Office Intern:
This position assists TCG’s executive office with all aspects of board management, including maintaining the online board information manual, communicating with board committees about meetings and follow-up activity, attending and taking notes at board meetings. TCG’s board is a diverse group of individuals from across the nation. The internship will provide invaluable hands-on learning about the workings of a non-profit board, as well as trends in the theatre field today. The intern will support additional executive office projects as needed, including helping with the timeline for TCG’s strategic plan.
International and Artistic Programs Intern:
Intern will provide administrative support and research on cultural and artistic exchange opportunities for professional theatre practitioners. Intern will also provide general operating support for the department that administers all of TCG’s grants and fellowship programs for theatres and individual artists. The intern will have their own, distinct project to manage during their internship. Additional responsibilities include assisting in the hands-on communication with grant recipients, organization of grant selection panels, recipient convenings and teleconferences, maintaining departmental records, developing online resources and content, attending staff and project meetings as needed and spearheading specific projects to be determined, over the course of the internship. The ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with office experience, fluent in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. International theatre experience and proficiency of other languages is desired, but not required.
For the most up-to-date information please visit our website at: http://www.tcg.org/about/internships.cfm
See individual internship descriptions for specific qualifications. All internship positions require that candidates possess excellent writing, communication, and computer skills.