Summer Internships

The School of the Performing Arts at Proctors offers a full summer of creative and performing arts programs in dance, theatre, music, film and more for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Students learn from industry professionals who provide pre-professional training in the arts. Our programs serve ages 7 – 19. Proctors is searching for interns to assist in specific programs this summer. Interns will participate in the curriculum and work with professionals in the field, sometimes learning along with campers and others times taking a leadership role. They will work directly with and be responsible for students. They will also have a chance to design and direct the daily activities, as well as assist with administrative duties and safety protocols that are involved with delivering the programs. Each internship is tailored to the intern’s interest, skill set, and time availability. All internships are unpaid but college credit is available for all internships. Reports directly to Education Program Managers.

Overall Qualifications:

  • Completed at least one year at the collegiate level
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Highly motivated, well organized and able to take on diverse tasks
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfort working with and co-teaching 7 – 19-year-olds
  • Experience with basic Microsoft Word and Excel

Summer Internship Opportunities

Summer Theatre Education Internship (2 positions available)
Interns will work with the Education Program Managers to coordinate weeklong programs in musical theatre, dance, and improv for area youth and also assist with aspects of a full-scale production on the Mainstage at Proctors. Students currently participating in collegiate theatre program with experience in theatre education and/or administration preferred. Should be comfortable coordinating students and leading exercises, with or without another teacher.
Dates: July 8 – August 9 orientation the week of June 24, 2019

Program Specific Internships:

Dance (1 position available)

  • Preferably a dance student or student with many years of various dance experience
  • Student should be comfortable learning routines quickly and in turn, be able to teach and lead learned routines

Dates: July 15-19, 9am-5pm with an orientation the week of June 24, 2019

Filmmaking Academy, Stop-Motion Animation and Reel Adventures (3 positions available)

  • Preferably a film or media student;
  • Filmmaking Academy: July 15 – 19 & 22 – 26 | 9am to 4:30pm | M-F
  • Reel Adventures: July 29- August 2 | 9am to 4:30pm | M-F
  • Stop Motion Animation: July 8 – 12 | 9am to 4:30pm | M-F with an orientation the week of June 24, 2019
  • Proficiency in all stages of production using applicable technologies; including digital media production equipment; Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, After Effects, Pro Tools and Motion Graphics a plus;
  • Experience in youth/teen programs and staff management;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, able to fit into and continue to create a supportive, democratic organizational culture (team-building, conflict management, humor, flexibility, energy and vision);
  • Excellent leadership, group facilitation, written & oral communication, and organizational skills.

The internships below are for the Broadway Camp, a 4-week commitment from July 8 through August 3, 2019, with pre-production and creative meetings beforehand based on availability. Working alongside the staff of Proctors and theREP and other industry professionals, these positions work on the MainStage at the acclaimed Proctors in downtown Schenectady. Performed with a student orchestra, cast and crew of over forty students from throughout the Capital Region. These internships will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, as well as the performances of Les Miserables; School Edition on August 2 at 7 p.m. and August 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Theatre Production and Stage Management Internship
These positions will assist with props, set construction, lights, calling the show, running spot, and other possible duties as assigned. There is some teaching involved in these internships, but will primarily be assisting designers, stage manager, and other staff. This intern must be a junior in college or higher and must be available the performance dates of August 2-3.

Choreography Internship
Applicants must have previous dance training, a thorough knowledge of, and be comfortable with, various styles of dance including Broadway, ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. This position will work alongside the creative team of Aida and closely with the choreographer to demonstrate and teach steps and routines. Candidate must have the ability to learn steps quickly, and retain that knowledge to ensure that continuity is maintained throughout the summer camp rehearsal and production. Strong teaching skills to rehearse the students independently is desired. Please include in resume any and all dance training, school and teacher, and choreography experience.

Directing Internship
Candidate should be well organized, self-motivated, and have a love of theatre. Will assist in all aspects of production including creative and production meetings throughout the rehearsal process. Track all blocking, assist in generating and distributing all rehearsal schedules, take notes and distribute to the cast. Aid in all technical cueing for lights, sound and set. Help with establishing running show running needs working closely with the stage manager and all department heads.