Internships

Go Behind the Scenes Like Never Before

Are you looking for invaluable nonprofit work experience, professional connections in the arts community, and to be a part of one of the most dynamic places in Atlanta?   Interns at the Center for Puppetry Arts are an integral part of our organization and our goal is to inspire interest in the arts through an in-depth view of our administrative and artistic processes.

Internship Sessions & Application Deadlines

Fall Production Session
Aug. 27th – Oct. 20th
(12-15 weeks)  
Applications Due:
Aug. 14th 
Fall General Session
Sept. – Dec.
(12-15 weeks)  
Applications Due:
Aug. 25th 
Spring/Winter Session
Feb. – May
(12-15 weeks)    
Applications Due:
Dec. 19th
Summer Session
June- Aug./Sept.
(12-15 weeks)
Applications Due: 
April 14th

An Experience for Everyone

Explore Internship Options

Archives

Library/Archives Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Museum department with processing manuscript collections in the Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library.

This internship provides the intern with valuable hands-on experience processing collections including organization, rehousing, data entry, and creating finding aids for researchers.

Collections

Collections Management Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Collections Manager in the Museum department.

This internship grants broad hands-on experience in collections management and preventive conservation with emphasis on object handling, cataloging, rehousing, and condition reporting.

Tutorials and workshops will be conducted to expose the intern to various aspects of the collections field.

Directing

Production: Directing Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Directing Internship program provides a practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater.

During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe the development of the production as script, design, movement, and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.

Education

Museum Education Internship

Under the supervision of the Museum Services Coordinator, Museum Education interns will assist with the daily operations involved in running a small museum.

Interns will be trained to give tours and conduct educational programming designed to help museum patrons of all ages and backgrounds interact and explore the art of puppetry

Electrics

Production: Electrics Internship

Assist the Resident Production staff with the implementation of lighting, sound, and video elements for upcoming Center productions.

Duties may include: the hang, circuit, and focus of lighting plots, preparing sound systems for rehearsals and performances, the repair and maintenance of equipment and fulfilling the electric needs of other Center activities. 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Exhibitions Director in the Museum department.

This internship grants broad hands-on experience in exhibit research, curatorial writing, and collections management.

Fundraising

Development/Fundraising Internship

Development interns assist with the writing and production of fundraising appeals, researching potential contributors and fundraising ideas, and assisting with the planning, organization, and logistics of cultivation parties and other special events.

Our largest fundraising event is the String Fling Gala. Interns help us acquire donations and assist with an auction with elite donors from across Atlanta’s largest industries.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design Internship

Graphic Design interns’ duties include assisting with the creation of various production and marketing materials.

Projects include the creation of print and online ads; puppet show flyers, gala invitations, and other printed items.

In the past, our interns have also helped with photo illustrations, emails, and video projects.

Performance

Production: Performance Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides a practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater.

The focus of the program will be active participation in a Center production from the first day of rehearsal until final strike.

During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe the development of the production as script, design, movement, and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.

Stage Management

Production: Stage Management Internship

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides a practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater.

Through hands-on activities, the program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of the workings of a professional puppetry company

Internship FAQs

For general internships questions, review the FAQs below. Keep in mind that each internship comes with individual requirements. To see complete internship requirements, review the downloadable materials for the internship you are applying for in the details above.

Which internships are currently still open?

Available Internships for Spring 2020

• Museum: Education
• Production: Directing
• Production: Performance  
 

Are the internships paid?

No, the Center for Puppetry Arts is a not-for-profit organization and our internships are not
paid. However, interns can receive a $200 gratitude stipend on the successful completion of
their internship and course credit if applicable.

They also receive other valuable opportunities for growth such as professional development,
complimentary Center tickets, industry contacts, and being a valuable part of the Center family.

What are the qualifications to be eligible for the internship program?

a) Age 18 years or older — The preferred applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and/or a
college graduate. However, we will consider applicants with other skills and work experience if
well qualified.

b) High School Diploma or GED

c) Satisfactory completion of a background check

d) Must be able to commit to the length of the internship and be able to intern 10-15 hours a
week. Schedule is decided between the intern and the supervisor.

e) Must have an applicable major for the internship or an interest in working for a non-profit.

How do I apply?

Any application missing any of the materials below will not be considered. To apply for any
internship, you must include:

a) Cover Letter

b) Resume

c) Design Samples if applicable for the internship (Graphic Design)

d) Writing Samples (Marketing ONLY)

e) Transcripts (Collection’s Management, Electrics, Exhibitions, and Library/Archives ONLY)

f) Course Requirements if applicable for course credit.

To be considered, please submit your application via email to: internship@puppet.org
Subject Line: “Name” – “internship applying for” (Example: John Smith – 2013 Spring Development Internship)

When should I expect to hear back?

We will notify you via email that we received your materials within two weeks of submitting
your application. Interviews are scheduled as early as one week after the application deadline,
and as late as two months after the deadline.

Will I hear back from you if I am not selected?

Yes; if you are not selected for an internship, you will be notified, regardless of whether you
were asked to come in for an interview or not.

Are the internship start and end dates flexible?

All start and end dates are flexible. We do ask that you please indicate in your cover letter or
application form if you are not available for any portion of the internship session for which you
are applying.

What should I expect if called in for an audition for the Performance internship?

Auditions requirements will be listed on the internship description but may consist of a
prepared short monologue, puppet manipulation (puppets provided; no prior puppet
experience required), prepared sides from the script (sides provided before the auditions) or a
prepared song (a cappella).

How to Apply for an Internship

Please send a cover letter, resume and any required work or writing samples (see specific internship requirements above) to internship@puppet.org. Be sure to include your name and the internship you are applying for in the subject line. See our FAQs and Internship details above for more information. Email the Internship Coordinator at internship@puppet.org if you have additional questions.