Victory Gardens is now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Deadline for applications is August 23, 2016.

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Victory Gardens Announces Fall Internships.

The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain professional experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians.

Interns will be actively involved with all areas of theater on many different levels. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. Victory Gardens staff members serve as mentors to each intern to ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in theater production and theater management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.

Victory Gardens Theater is pleased to offer year-round general internships in the following areas:

Items of note: Exact schedules will be set by the department head. Exact dates are flexible and arranged to correspond with intern’s college schedules. Housing is not provided. College credit may be available through the intern’s university or college. Interns receive complimentary tickets and are strongly encouraged to attend VG mainstage shows. Otherwise, these internships are unpaid. Victory Gardens Theater also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.

Please email a VG internship application, resume, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter describing why you think this internship is right for you to:

Robert Cornelius
Intern Coordinator

Internship Descriptions


Administrative interns acquire hands-on experience in contracts, union relations, board relations, senior staff communication, planning, and organizational coordination. Administrative team members include the Managing Director, Director of Finance, Administrative Assistant. Time is also spent becoming familiar with the functions and practices of the Development, Marketing and Production Departments and Box Office insofar as they relate to the duties outlined above. Candidates must have strong computer skills—including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, as well as familiarity with Google Mail, Google Calendars and Google Drive—excellent writing skills and the abilities to multitask, to work within a team environment, and to work independently.

Arts Education

Victory Gardens Theater is committed to giving community schools the opportunity to become involved with Chicago Theater. By giving special performances for the high school students, VG ensures the availability of theater to each student and creation of enthusiasm for the performance arts. In class residencies allow teaching artists to work in partnerships with teachers and students to develop writing and performance skills. In workshops throughout the year students are encouraged to exlpore their creativity through writing and performance. Interns will work exclusively with VG’s Arts Education Director, Robert Cornelius. Applicants should have a background in arts education, experience with children and young adults, and have a strong interest in theater. Duties include some administrative tasks, assisting with creation of study guides and potentially taking on some classroom duties depending on skill level. Also, applicants should have strong verbal and written communication skills for creating and distributing written materials for all age levels.


Development Interns will work extensively with all members of the Development team. Interns will learn about an established, mid-sized arts organization’s diverse streams of contributed income and methods for achieving contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government. Duties will include researching individual, foundation, and corporate donors; assisting in the development of written materials including letters, reports, proposals, and invitations; organizing and implementing plans for fundraising events; data entry and other general office tasks; and other duties as assigned. Candidates must have strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel skills a must); excellent writing skills; the ability to multi-task and work within a team environment; and the focus to take on independent projects. Work with Adobe InDesign and interest in graphic design a plus.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design Intern will assist with designing and updating a variety of collateral materials including: posters, direct mail, e-cards and will be responsible for weekly e-newsletters. The Graphic Design Internship is available immediately. The internship requires a self-starter who can quickly convert concepts into attractive, illustrative graphics with minimal to no supervision. The ability to maximize creativity while maintaining schedule and clear communication of the desired message is highly desired. Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Acrobat) and basic knowledge of HTML and Flash preferred. Personal laptop with these programs installed is helpful. Must be able to submit design samples (class work is acceptable).

Audience Services and Group Sales

Interns will work directly with the management staff of Audience Services. Responsibilities will include managing the lobby displays for each performance at Victory Gardens Theater, organizing ushers, and filling in as a house manager or member of the audience services staff when needed. Interns will be responsible for coordinating billing, day-of reception, and hospitality for incoming groups, as well as communicating information to the stage manager and working with the development and marketing departments for special events. Interns should be familiar with box office duties, ticket sales and customer service. All AS/GS interns must be available evenings and weekends.

Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy

Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy interns contribute to and provide support for a wide range of artistic programs including production dramaturgy for our mainstage season, audience engagement/community development, literary management and new play submissions, new play development research and support, and other functions managed by the artistic department at Victory Gardens. The Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy interns will correspond directly to the Literary Manager/Resident Dramaturg.

More specific job descriptions include:

  • Research and connect with Chicago-based community and cultural organizations in planning for future Victory Gardens’ Public Programs event series
  • Read, discuss and write reader reports for solicited plays in consideration for seasonal programming and the Ignition Festival of New Plays
  • Line Produce assigned public programs and special events on an as-needed basis (most events occur in the evenings and weekends)
  • Conduct dramaturgical research for plays in production and support the resident dramaturg during the rehearsal process
  • Co-author Playbill dramaturgical pages and research possible contributors for playbill pages
  • Provide administrative support to literary functions including correspondence, database management, volunteer recruitment and supervision, organization of play readings and workshops and other tasks associated with the literary department
  • Participate in artistic staff meetings to shape and plan future activities, including season planning and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Marketing & Communications

Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work with all members of the Marketing Team. Responsibilities will include audience development, group sales, promotions, and e-marketing. Prospective interns must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and should be knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, and preferably Total Info. Experience in marketing, theater graphic design is a plus.


Production Interns will have active roles in the development and production of a main stage show during the Victory Gardens season. Interns will work on site with the production manager and hours will vary depending on the production schedule. Generally production interns will work only with in their field and all applicants must have strong technical and production oriented backgrounds, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.

Stage Management

Interns will assist the production stage manager for the duration of the rehearsal process as well as the run of the show. Interns will interact with directors, designers, as well as members of the administrative staff. In addition, interns will learn the skills necessary to maintain day-to-day operation of the technical departments of the theater. Interns must have a strong, varied background of technical theater and experience in stage management.


Victory Gardens is looking for a highly motivated and organized individual to fulfill the role of Producing Intern. The Producing Intern will report directly to Victory Gardens’ Associate Producer and will be a crucial part of the producing team charged with mounting five mainstage productions and ten to twelve secondary productions/events throughout the year. The position will require the Producing Intern to work with various departments; a positive attitude and ability to collaborate with a team is necessary.

The ideal candidate should want to pursue a career in theater as a producer or administrator, and he/she must be artistically minded. The Producing Intern will be charged with a variety of crucial tasks including but not limited to:

  • Assisting with the organization and conducting of auditions as well as properly filing and cataloging headshots and resumes
  • Maintaining the department calendar and assisting with the scheduling of a multitude of events in a very active, multi-facility complex
  • Compiling and editing material for Victory Gardens programs including bios, headshots, production information, and dramaturgical information
  • Staffing special events and key performances of mainstage and secondary programming
  • Providing administrative support to the Producing Department including data entry, budget reconciliation, etc.

The Producing Intern must be able to commit at least 20-30 hours per week on a regular schedule to be determined upon between the intern and the Associate Producer. The intern may be expected to attend events and performances outside of his/her regular hours. We will do our best to give the intern notification of these situations with plenty of advance notice. The duration of the internship is flexible, but candidates are expected to commit at least one quarter/semester.

This is an opportunity for a bright, young arts leader to get hands on experience in a fast-paced mid-size theater. The Producing Intern will act as part of the staff, serving on the producing team.

The Finance Intern will work closely with our Finance Director. This position requires a grasp of administrative skills as well as financial skills. The best candidate would need to be a quick study who is proficient in Excel. Duties include:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Posting Deposits
  • Filing
  • Post Journal Entries
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Payroll

For more information please contact internship coordinator Robert Cornelius at

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