Proctors is proud to be the premier theatre destination for the Capital Region and is committed to its mission “Through arts and community leadership be a catalyst for excellence in education, sustainable economic development and rich civic engagement to enhance the quality of life in the greater capital region.” Proctors also has a partnership with Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany and internships may crossover in scope. Internships are designed for undergraduate or graduate students to have an in-depth experience of working in a not-for-profit theatre company. Training can be supplemented with discussions and workshops with directors, designers and senior staff who provide insight into the overall management of the company. Interns’ relationships with their supervisor ensure that they are not only gaining valuable skills but also receiving support and feedback. Internships are part-time Monday-Friday with occasional nights and weekends (12-20 hours per week). They take place year-round in the Spring, Summer or Fall semesters. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
All internships are unpaid, but can count towards educational credit.
AUDIENCE SERVICES INTERNSHIP
This internship reports to the Audience Services Manager during performances on the MainStage and in the GE Theatre at Proctors. This position will help greet patrons, assist in problem solving and concession management. This position will be for the Fall and Spring semesters. Ideal candidates will have customer service experience, a passion for theatre and excellent communication skills.
This internship reports to the Assistant Finance Director. The Finance Department manages both Proctors and theREP. Responsibilities can include processing cash receipts, accounts payable, posting, monthly department reconciliations, assisting with the budgeting process, contracts administration, preparing for the Theatre’s annual audit and other day-to-day needs of the department. Position affords a window into all aspects of theatre operations plus involvement in activities in other departments. This position is available in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Ideal candidates will be interested in theatre and/or financial management, be detail-oriented, have good interpersonal demeanor and have basic computer and data entry skills.
COMPANY/PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP
(Not available in summer.)
This intern reports directly to the Production Manager. Responsibilities include assisting with advancing and providing the needs of Proctors productions; setting labor calls, renting equipment, arranging artist hospitality/accommodations/transport, and assisting with event settlement. This position is available in the Fall or Spring. Ideal candidates have an interest in production and/or company management, are detail-oriented, self-sufficient and have a positive attitude. A valid driver's license is required.
This internship reports to the Art Director. Responsibilities can include creation of a variety of promotional advertising pieces that include media-ready text, graphics and photos, graphic preparation, color production and layout of promotional advertising, managing creative service requests and organization of all collateral produced. Ideal candidates have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, experience with layout design, production and offset printing preparation, are able to work independently, be self-starting and have good interpersonal demeanor. A portfolio review will be necessary and students must be able to provide a laptop complete with design software.
This internship reports to the Relationships Department. This department is responsible for donor relations, corporate sponsorship, special events and fundraising for both Proctors and theREP. Responsibilities can include planning and executing fundraising events, preparing and delivery of donor communications and events (which can include scheduling backstage events), assisting with launches and marketing of new fundraising initiatives, assisting with solicitation efforts, collecting data for grant applications, assisting with stewardship and cultivation of donors and prospects, attending weekly Relationships Department meetings and other duties. This position is available in the Fall, Spring or Summer and some nighttime hours may be required. Ideal candidates will be interested in working in the non-profit industry, be detail-oriented, have customer service experience, be organized, have good interpersonal demeanor and moderate computer skills.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP
This internship reports to the Education Program Manager. Responsibilities can include assisting in creation of Education Department marketing materials such as the Season Brochure and the School of the Performing Arts Brochures; attending marketing, programming and education meetings; assisting in marketing strategies for programs and research. This position is available in the Spring and Summer. Ideal candidates will be interested in the performing and visual arts, be detail-oriented, be organized, have good interpersonal demeanor and moderate computer skills.
AFTER SCHOOL MEDIA INTERNSHIP
This internship is part of the Education Department and reports to the Education Program Manager. This will take place in public schools in the after-school program called Mediaworks. This position will act as support to the in-school teaching artist, providing assistance to middle school students to create television shows, short films, animation clips and other projects from ideas to completed, presentable works. This position is available from October through April, three days a week. Ideal candidates have experience with Macs, editing software, 3D design software and Final Cut Pro. Experience working with students a plus.
These internships report directly to the Marketing Manager. The marketing department is a dynamic department that manages the marketing plans and community outreach for Proctors and theREP. Responsibilities can involve dissemination of marketing materials, assisting with community outreach, participating in marketing meetings and brainstorming, researching outreach techniques, working with street teams, assisting with community activities and events, contributing to social media and other duties as assigned. These internships are available in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Ideal candidates will have basic computer skills, experience with social media and a passion for theatre.
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP
This internship reports to the Social Media Coordinator. Proctors and theREP have very active Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, blogs and other social media outlets such as Pinterest. This position will have responsibilities that can include creating content, making contacts, brainstorming new tactics and researching new media outlets. This position is available for Fall, Spring or Summer. Ideal candidates will have strong writing skills, be a self-starter and be able to work independently. Experience with Facebook and Twitter are required (other social media experience a plus).
TELEVISION PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP
This internship reports to the Open Stage Media Production Manager. Proctors was designated as manager and operator of public, educational and government access cable television by the City of Schenectady in December 2010 and spurred the creation of a new broadcast entity, Open Stage Media at Proctors (OSM). To learn more visit here. Responsibilities can include programming (includes in-putting shows into server and scheduling), video editing, Masterminds preparation, social media engagement and record keeping. This position is available in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Experience with computers and Microsoft Office are required. Ideal candidates will be detail-oriented, have good interpersonal demeanor and ability to self-start projects.
Proctors is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Proctors champions diversity throughout the organization and in the community and strongly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.
Candidates selected for consideration will be contacted for an interview. Interviews are required and can be completed either in person, on the telephone or on Skype.
If interested in other internship possibilities at our sister theatre theREP, please visit www.capitalrep.org/internships
HOW TO APPLY
Completed applications MUST INCLUDE application for internship form, cover letter and resume. Submit only completed applications to Katherine Stephens, Education Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail applications to Katherine Stephens, Internship Program, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305.
“I’m happy to report that my time at Proctors was not spent fetching coffee or doing any other cliché intern duty: I was treated as a full member of Proctors’ marketing team.” – John Dentinger
“I have presented the majority of my ideas to the Proctors team and remain steadfast in my belief that with a combination of programming that is poignant, edgy, and culturally relevant and a social-media page that focuses on propagating not only the events of Proctors, but the shows, concerts, and displays of all young people in the Capital Region, Proctors truly can become a ‘center for the arts.’” – Weston Johnson
“Having the freedom to ask why something worked (or didn’t) and being able to see Sara and the rest of the Proctors staff work on the shows and events truly made this the best learning experience I could possibly ask for.” – Emma Francis