The Public Theater’s internship program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in one of the country’s premiere not-for-profit theaters. Internships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and interns are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. 

The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Interns play an integral part in the inner workings of the Public. Supporting the Public in its daily activities, interns will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater. 

We offer tickets to all Public Theater main stage productions, and weekly seminars with Public Theater staff. A stipend is available for all internships unless otherwise specified. 

Ideal intern candidates should be enthusiastic, dedicated workers with an interest in pursuing a career in theater. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, and able to multi-task. Office experience is a plus as many of the positions require light clerical work. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the appropriate contacts listed below under the description for the desired department. In the subject line, please use the following format: “Intern Application for [season applying for- ex: Fall 2016]”

You may apply for multiple internships, but please tailor your cover letters to fit each position. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Company Management Internship

The Company Management department is seeking an intern for the Fall of 2016. Company Management oversees Artist contracting and care for all productions at The Public Theater and Shakespeare in The Park.

The Company Management intern will be responsible for assisting the Company Managers and Assistant Company Manager in day to day tasks including filling house seats, preparing new hire packets, assisting with meet and greets, filing and tracking contracts, running departmental errands and general office duties.  Candidates should have an interest in company or general management,  be organized and enthusiastic, experience with Microsoft Excel, Mail Merge and Tessitura is helpful (but not required).

Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, with some evenings and weekends. Only candidates available for a full time internship will be considered.

Please send resumes to Rebecca Sherman at

Digital Marketing Intern

The Public Theater’s digital team sits within the Marketing Department, and is responsible for paid and organic communications across search, display and social channels; digital ad creative design, development and distribution; analysis of campaigns and social platform growth; tech vendor and media agency partnerships; and website maintenance and UX/UI. The Public Theater’s Marketing team also is responsible for memberships and audience development initiatives, marketing and sales campaigns, promotions and direct mailings, as well as box office ticket sales and correspondence with patrons.

Responsibilities: Intern will primarily provide administrative, content creation and curation, graphic design, and analytical support for the Associate Digital Marketing Manager. The ideal candidate has an interest in marketing on web-based platforms, is enthusiastic about the internet marketing trends, and has a strong sense of visual design.

Schedule is 10-6pm, Monday through Friday, though some evening events may be required.


  • Passionate about the theater and arts activism, with emphasis on the mission of The Public
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, Internet and/or digital marketing and advertising
  • Understanding of social platforms, and why content on these platforms becomes successful
  • Competence in Microsoft Excel and ability to interpret data
  • Proven analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • High level of attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize demands and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to learn in a fast-paced environment

Position: One full-time beginning September 2017 through December 2017.

To Apply: Submit your resume, as well as the following to

1) A short explanation of why you’d be a good fit for this particular role

2) A list of some of your favorite social media accounts to follow, with a brief explanation (1-2 sentences) about why you think each is great

3) Links to any public personal social channels or digital portfolios you would be willing to share

No formal cover letters, please.

General Management Internship

The General Management department is the liaison between all departments at The Public and our productions. GM handles contracts, budgets, union correspondence, house seats and the day-to-day administration of each production as well as a myriad of other organizational tasks.

Responsibilities: The intern provides crucial office support for this busy department. The main responsibility will be completing house seat orders for all downtown shows as well as company management support for each show. Light filing, answering phones and general office tasks will also be required. If the intern shows initiative and ability, more work and responsibility will follow. It is very important that the intern is a self-starter, can work on their own, but also knows when to ask questions. Sense of humor required. The ideal candidate is interested in a career in theatre administration.  This internship provides an incredibly well-rounded view of what General Management and Company Management departments look like at a non-profit institution. 

Position(s): One full-time GM Intern (Mon-Fri, 10-6)

Time Span: Starting as soon as possible through end of December

E-mail: cover letter and resume.  

Press Internship

THE PUBLIC THEATER is looking for a highly-motivated and organized Press Intern with an interest in public relations and communications.


  • Collecting, recording and distributing all media coverage pertaining to The Public Theater
  • Supports Press Team in coordinating media interviews, photo calls, b-roll shoots, and rehearsal photos
  • Maintains the media archives of past productions at The Public
  • Assists with opening night events—including photographer registration, pre and post-show celebrity arrivals, and onsite interviews and photo opportunities with key party attendees
  • Aids the Press Managers and Director of Communications with scheduling press seats for all Public Theater shows and sending digital press kits
  • Additional duties include assistance with editing and organizing information for show Playbills, proofreading press releases, research, and maintaining media contact database
  • Responsible for media ticketing and fulfilling some house seat orders
  • Monitors social media and theater website chat for Industry trends

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented team player with previous office experience, specifically interested in a career of theatrical press and communications. Must be proficient in Outlook, Excel, and Word, and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Tessitura ticketing experience is a plus.We are seeking a full-time commitment, beginning in early September through the end of January with some select evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Julie Danni at Please put “Winter/Spring Internship Applicant” in the subject line.

Operations Intern

The Public has produced shows at the Delacorte and its downtown home on Lafayette Street since the 1960s and currently produces a full season of shows year-round including classics, musicals, and new works. The building at 425 Lafayette is a landmark that was initially constructed beginning in 1850 as New York City’s first free public library, and the Delacorte has welcomed over 5 million people to its free Shakespeare in the Park performances. The Operations Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both venues as well as tracking building activity and coordinating department work around production needs.

Responsibilities/Tasks: The Operations intern will be exposed to the daily tasks of the Operations Department including administrative functions and systems operations. The ideal candidate has an interest in theater and previous experience in theater production or administration, knows Microsoft Office, and is organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and has a positive attitude. An interest in the inner-workings of historic buildings and capital projects is a plus. Time Commitment: Full

Time internship Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Part-Time hours negotiable dependent on candidate

We are looking for someone to start in September with at least a three month commitment.  

Please send resume and cover letter to Mariana Ortiz, Operations Associate at No calls please.

Special Artistic Projects Internship

The Special Artistic Projects Department is looking for two Spring 2017 interns to support the Director of Special Artistic Projects and the SAP team. The Special Artistic Projects Department oversees The Mobile Unit (which tours performances to prisons, shelters, and other unserved communities) and Public Forum (audience engagement activities and one-night-only events). Both interns will have the opportunity to work on both programs, but candidates are encouraged to express a particular interest in Mobile or Forum.

These internship positions are largely to provide administrative and logistical support but will also see opportunities for research, idea generation, and hands-on producorial training. Ideal candidates are capable of handling a high volume of work and have a diverse set of interests both within and outside the theater world.

Time Commitment: January 3 -- May/June 2017 (end date negotiable). Monday through Friday 10-6.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to

Special Events Internship

Special Events Internship

The Special Events Intern will assist the department with the daily tasks associated with all of The Public Theater’s fundraising and cultivation events.

Duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining Opening Night, Patron night and Cultivation event RSVP’s lists, confirmation calls and emails, assisting in mailing invitations and letters, event preparation, internet research and working at donor events and Opening Nights. Customer service skills, attention to detail, and computer proficiency. Tessitura experience preferred, but not required. 

This is a full-time internship with occasional weekends and evenings required.  Please send resume and cover letter to

Stage Management Internships

The Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, is seeking full-time stage management interns all year-round for our Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons!

Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the mounting of one Public Theater production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility, a sense of humor and interest in a career in stage management are a must. We are dedicated to making each internship an educational experience in a highly professional environment.

Stage management interns support stage management staff during pre-production and all rehearsals, previews, and performances. Long hours including evenings and weekends are required.

We offer a stipend of $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references In the subject line, please include “Stage Management Internship” and any specific shows you are interested in and available for. Please visit for information about upcoming shows.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.

Under the Radar Festival Internship

The Public Theater is seeking one full-time intern for the Under the Radar festival. Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. This internship is designed for candidates pursuing a career in theater producing, especially those interested in experimental and international work. The internship provides a hands-on education in the production of a major theater festival, from the creation of the line-up to the performances themselves. Interns are invaluable members of the Under the Radar team and will learn the ins and outs of the Public Theater through their interactions with other departments.

Responsibilities: Interns will be involved in projects including but not limited to: screening and evaluating video submissions, creating marketing materials, upkeep of website and social media outlets, travel planning, artist hospitality, coordination of the professional symposium, ticket processing, administrative duties, volunteer coordination, and show coverage. Initiative, organization, attention to detail, and good writing and communication skills are musts. Working knowledge of Word, Outlook, and Excel is required. Foreign languages, Mac and Design skills a plus.

The internship is full-time (40hrs), Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stipend is $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to by August 25, 2017. Due to large volume of applications, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview.

Time Span: Starting in September through end of January.