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The San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
SFPH internships are designed for students or recent graduates who are seeking a career theatre. Interning at SFPH offers the opportunity to work hands-on at successful theatre company. Interns are an integral part of daily operations at SFPH. Interns participate in staff meetings and get access to a yourname-at-sfplayhouse.org email account. The internship will be a valuable, career-building experience; we guarantee you will strengthen your skills and resume. Unique opportunities including observing readings, rehearsals, workshops, technical rehearsals, auditions, special events are made available to all interns based on their interests. Internships provides an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the day-to-day and long-term workings of a theater company and, at the same time, assume responsibility for practical assignments that are critical to company operations. While each of the internships focuses on a specific department, each intern will get to dabble in all aspects of running a non-profit theatre company.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, internships are volunteers positions. Interns receive a small stipend to cover transportation costs ($100/mo). SFPH cannot arrange housing. Interns receive at least two complimentary to each show for guests and unlimited half price tickets.
Internships are offered on a school year (September – May) and full season (September – August) basis. Internships are usually 20 - 35 hours per week and require a good amount of weekend and evening time. Regardless of internship field, all interns will assist during tech rehearsals and load in which occur over weekends. The ideal intern will have an open schedule that would allow interns to immerse themselves in every aspect of the company. Interns should expect to be at SFPH at least 3-4 days each week for 4-8 hours per day. Interns are required to attend and assist with all opening night Galas which are held on Saturdays. Interns will also be required to assist with: Season Sneak Peek Party (Monday in February), Season Announcement Party
No phone calls, please. Please submit the following:
- Cover letter: Including your weekly availability, what internship you are applying for, what time period (school year or full season) and why you want to intern at SFPH.
- Resume: A resume of education, theatre training and experience, and job / work experience (outside of theatre). Please include your email address and permanent contact information.
- References: At least two with emails and phone numbers and their affiliation. Submitting Your Application
Applications should be submitted by e-mail. Please create a single PDF file with all of your application materials and e-mail it to:
With subject line – INTERN POSITION – YOUR NAME (ex: PRODUCTION INTERN – JOE SMITH)
Applications should be sent in attention to: Charlotte Brockman, Administrative Manager
Description: Responsibilities include supporting all areas of SFPH's fundraising efforts. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented with strong writing and communication skills, is able to work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task, and has a passion for theatre and fundraising. The SFPH development intern should be charismatic and comfortable talking with patrons, in person and over the phone. Having a development-minded and sales-oriented personality a must. Good handwriting skills are a plus (for hand written thank you notes.) This is for self-motivated individuals who are interested in learning about the arts and the creative thinking that goes behind fundraising. While the development intern will get hands-on opportunities to be involved in patron development, a large portion of the internship focuses on research.
Research on corporate, foundation, and individual donor prospects
Maintenance of general donor correspondence / fundraising records
Preparing acknowledgement & thank you letters (mail merge & hand written)
Assist at SFPH events including opening nights.
Organize and execute donor and subscriber events.
Staff the subscription table to sell subscriptions to audience members
Staff the Inner Circle Members Lounge before, during & after shows
Help with calling events to sell subscriptions / donors
Brainstorm subscription promotion possibilities
Shadow grant writing
Reach out to donors to schedule cultivation dates
Reach out to donors to renew annual gifts
Create "Persons of Note" list for each night's attendance list.
Miscellaneous filing and organization projects.
For all interns, good-writing skills and computer (Mac and PC) competence (word processing, spreadsheets, calendar programs, outlook, emails, dropbox, mail merge) are required. Interns must be able to thrive in a work environment that is characterized by changing priorities and demands. IT skills are a plus. All interns must be comfortable talking on the phone and in person with patrons. Excellent collaborative, analytical, and writing skills are required. CA Drivers License and access to a car is plus.