Smithsonian Discovery Theater Technical Intern

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The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW - Suite 3077
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Full-time, Unpaid

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Description

ABOUT TSA
• The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) advances the Smithsonian Institution’s mission “to increase and diffuse knowledge” through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.

ABOUT DISCOVERY THEATER
The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater is dedicated to offering the best in live performance for young people that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. We offer dozens of interactive productions that feature puppets, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and even mimes!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
• The tech intern will receive basic knowledge of how the technical aspects of a theater work as well as insight into the administrative side of technical theater.
• Possible training that may be offered includes SFX, sound & light boards, basic sound editing, sound and lighting design.

TIME COMMITMENT
30 - 40 hrs/wk; 1 full semester – 1 academic year

SCHEDULE
Weekdays with an occasional weekend day or evening, flexible

COMPENSATION
All TSA Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern's university/college.

TO APPLY
Complete the online application at http://intern.si.edu/. Click on the link for the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at TSAInternships@si.edu or 202.633.8641.

TSA WEBSITE
Intern positions at The Smithsonian Associates are available year-round. For more information go to http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/internships/start.aspx

SEASONS
Spring (January - May)
Summer (June - August)
Fall (September - December)

APPLICATION DEADLINES
To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the following dates:
Spring - October 1
Summer - February 1
Fall - July 1
Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.

REQUESTED DOCUMENTS
Prospective interns are required to submit the following:
1. Application for Smithsonian Institute Internships
2. Two letters of recommendation (usually from professors)
3. Recent writing sample (usually a paper written for school and at least two pages)
4. Most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
5. Resume

Interns at the Smithsonian are required to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting through the Office of Protection Services before they are accepted into an internship.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT
Ms. Meg Smolinski
Intern Coordinator
PO Box 23293
Washington DC 20026-3293
Phone: 202-633-8641
Fax: 202-633-8909
TSAInternships@si.edu

Responsibilities

INTERN DUTIES
• Assist with various aspects of the technical side of theater.
• Throughout the semester, there will opportunities to learn and assist in some the following areas: stage management, assistant direction, sound, lighting, props & costumes.
• Intern will participate actively in running and preparing for both produced and presented shows for Discovery Theater.
• May also be called on to assist in office duties, daily operations, artist communication, and hospitality.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS
• Some experience and a desire to learn more about Technical Theater.
• Applicants should be flexible, creative, a team player, reliable, and have a good work ethic.
• Willingness to help load artists in/out and setup/tear down stage and seating.
• Computer skills are welcome.

DESIRED MAJORS
The following student majors are desired for this intern position, but other areas of study will be considered:

Theater
Early Education
Business Administration
Performing Arts
Art Administration
Arts Management

How To Apply

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