About The Algonquin
Algonquin Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1991 to provide cultural enrichment for residents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This mission is
accomplished by presenting a wide range of arts programming, including dramatic and musical theatre, dance, musical concerts and film representing a diversity of style
and cultural influence, film and mixed media presentations. These presentations are offered to the public in the setting of the 540-seat Algonquin Arts Theatre
located in Manasquan, New Jersey, which reopened to the public in 1994 following an extensive renovation.
The Algonquin is now hiring interns to work in a variety of capacities. Interns will have opportunities to learn all
components of theatrical management and production: from development and marketing; to lighting, sound, and costumes; as well as box office and
front office administration.
Algonquin internships are for individuals who desire a challenging and practical experience in the real world. Here at the Algonquin Arts
Theatre, we give our interns a chance to work with a lot of hands-on projects that will allow them to grow and create as individual artists. In addition to
assuming staff level responsibilities, interns can also expect to perform basic, everyday tasks such as answering phones, staffing events, working in the box
office, ushering and/or assisting the marketing department with poster runs. These tasks are not the primary focus of the internship, but
are essential for the smooth operation of the theater. Interns may also be invited to attend selected staff, board and committee meetings to increase their
understanding of how a theater operates.
Compensation & Credit
Interns are not paid, however, they receive other valuable perks such as industry contacts, professional development opportunities, complimentary
tickets, invitations to meet and greets and more. Academic credit is at the discretion of the sponsoring college or university and is
arranged by the individual intern. The appropriate Algonquin Arts supervisor evaluates the intern's performance as required by the college or university. Interns may
also request to receive a letter of recommendation for future employers.
Interns are asked to commit to at least 8 weeks during the summer season (June-August), 4-5 days per week, 6 hours per day. During the
fall (September-December) and winter/spring (February-May) semesters, interns are asked to commit to 2-3 days per week, 4 hours
per day. Hours are flexible. The types of internships available will vary each season, but there are generally opportunities in the area
of theater administration such as marketing, development, education and operations.
The Algonquin Arts Theatre Internship program is for students or early career applicants, who have a strong interest in the theatre
arts, be a minimum 16 years of age and the ability to provide a resume and two references. Experience is not necessary.
For more information, please contact Jayme Lynn Knast, Director of Operations, at email@example.com.
Development/Special Events Internship:
This internship is designed to acquaint an individual with the fundamentals of fundraising for a theatre, including individual,
corporate, foundation, government and capital giving. You will gain an understanding of how to write effective grant proposals and work
on projects that will range from planning, organizing and executing special fundraising events, to donor gift processing, involvement with
the annual gala and various mail campaigns.
As a student leader you are a role model amongst the students who attend our academy. Your job title may include organizing classes,
assisting with lesson planning, and assistant directing and teaching. There is plenty of opportunity to work behind the scenes by learning
the process of putting a performance together. The process includes running a performance and collaborating costume, set, prop,
lighting and music ideas with the various instructors. Some of our students have interned as stage managers and assistant directors as well.
General Theater Management Internship:
Working under the guidance of the Executive and Operations Directors, this position will provide an overview of general management and
assist in many aspects of the operation of a non-profit organization, including exposure to contracts, budgeting, maintenance,
scheduling, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, management of inventory and human resources. This internship also
provides experience with front-of-house operations, such as training ushers and concession staff and running a performance. You will also be involved with coordinating
artist travel, contract preparation, and assisting with all facets of artist hospitality.
This person will be a vital part of the marketing team and gain extensive experience in marketing,
sales and design. This would be an opportunity to not only learn by doing but also network and build a
trajectory as a professional marketer or communications consultant in the arts. This internship will provide experience
with all facets of publicity, promotion, branding, social and direct-mail marketing essential to
the ticket sales of a performing arts center. You will also assist with the programming for upcoming seasons and box office operations.
Technical Internships are available depending on our production calendar, but generally 3-4 times a year. This person can expect to be involved in all areas
of stagecraft: set construction, painting, sound, lighting, and in some cases, costumes and props. Candidates should have some knowledge of scenic carpentry and a
background in technical theater.
*Not always available.