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.

The Public Theater is seeking one full-time intern in the office of the Associate Producer.  The Associate Producer is responsible for line producing all membership shows both downtown at 425 Lafayette Street and Shakespeare in the Park. 


Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to facilitating telephone, email and other correspondence, scheduling meetings and keeping the associate producer’s calendar. Opportunities are available to attend production meetings and watch tech rehearsals, reconcile receipts, organize specific events, and attend production related activities. Other duties will be assigned as needed to support the Associate Producer. Candidates should possess exceptional written communication skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, and appreciate the fast-pace of a professional theater environment. Professional theater experience is preferred, but not necessarily in theater administration. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook is a plus. A sense of humor is required. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in theater producing. 


Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Please send cover letter and resume to Jarrett Key:

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

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.  

The Public Theater’s Marketing Department spearheads marketing and sales campaigns, including advertising and promotions, direct mail, social media management and digital marketing. The department also is responsible for memberships and audience development initiatives, as well as coordinating box office ticket sales and corresponding with patrons.


Responsibilities: Interns will support the Marketing Department in its many needs, including the distribution and archival of marketing materials; executing customer service and patron correspondence; coordinating membership mailings; conducting marketing research; maintaining up-to-date website copy and visuals, managing donation requests; aiding in audience development activities; assisting with routine digital metrics reporting; monitoring in-bound inquiries on social channels; and supporting with general office organization. Schedule is 10-6pm, Monday through Friday, though some evening events may be required.


The ideal candidate is interested in marketing, theater or arts administration and is a detail oriented self-starter with a strong ability to multi-task. Experience with Office (especially Excel), CMS, HTML and Tessitura a plus, but not required.


Position: One full-time beginning September 2016 through December 2016.


To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to   

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 six month commitment, beginning in early December 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.

Ideal start and end dates:  May, 2017 (start date flexible) - Tuesday September 5, 2017


About Public Works: Public Works is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Each year, working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in theater workshops, to attend classes, to become involved in the daily life of the Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.  Pioneering a new model of engagement, Public Works is rooted in longitudinal, multi-year relationships with its community partners. Partners for the first five years of Public Works are Fortune Society (Queens), Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), DreamYard (Bronx), Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), Casita Maria, (Bronx), Children's Aid Society (Manhattan), and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs).  Under the leadership of Director Laurie Woolery and Artistic Director Lear Debessonet, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members to create theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.


These partnerships will culminate in the summer of 2017, when Public Works will produce an adaptation of As You Like It in Central Park.  This music theatre event will feature 200 people from our 5 community partners, plus cameo appearances by 5 of New York City’s most exciting neighborhood-based community art organizations.  Bringing professional artists from the Public Theater into the community, Public Works carries forward this theater's decades-long mandate to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement between artists and audiences.


Website with more information on the organization/internships at the organization:


About the internship:  The Public Works intern will assist the Director and the Public Works team on the administrative and community-related tasks associated with preparing for As You Like It. They will aid in general arts administration, grassroots community organizing, dramaturgical research, event planning, and will be intimately involved in the rehearsal process.


The ideal candidate has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and is organized, detail-oriented, and personable in the face of a fast-paced professional theater environment.  We are also seeking interest in and/or experience with community-based arts, a deep sense of pride in their work ethic, and humor in the face of a fast-paced and at times chaotic environment.


Requirements:  Applicant should have experience making theater and/or previous volunteer or work experience with a community-based organization. Interest in and familiarity with community-based theater / community organizing. 


Encouraged:  A previous position or internship with administrative duties in an arts or community-based organization; a second language, especially Spanish or Chinese, is helpful.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Emily Sophia Knapp, Associate Director of Public Works (

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

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

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 for our Downtown Fall/Spring 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. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.