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Internship Experience
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Internship Experience

An internship is a focused for-credit work experience in some aspect of your chosen profession. It is never too early to begin thinking about an internship.

  • Provide on the job training opportunities
  • Expose you to the real world of professional theatre making
  • Allow you to explore your chosen field of study outside of the classroom
  • Enhance your career trajectory
  • Deepen your understanding of one particular area
  • Lead to future job offers
  • Provide that extra edge in a competitive job market
  • Expose you to multiple areas of theatre
  • Build your professional network
  • Introduce career pathways to consider
  • Increase your skills

Internship Pre-requisites: 60 hours of credit, One semester residency completed at CCC & GPA of 3 point or above

Credit for internships is available for between one to three hours. Expect to work 75 hours for each hour of internship credit. For further information contact: Professor Caroline Dodge Latta, Theatre Dept. Internship Coordinator, clatta@colum.edu, or by phone 312-369-6138.


Theatre Department Internship Fairs

Each semester Columbia College Chicago's Theatre Department sponsors an Internship Fair. Theatres and agencies are invited to participate by sending representatives to host individual booths and speak with interested students. Students are encouraged to bring copies of a work resume for distribution to potential employers. Click here for the catalog from the most recent Internship Fair.

Internship Testimonials

"New college graduates who take part in internships are much better off in the job market than their counterparts who didn't gain that experience." - National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2009 Survey

"A professional theatre internship is priceless. It provides you with the opportunity to develop your creative skills in a very focused way, and enables you to build a network of professional contacts who can help you in the early stages of your career. Many theatres hire full-time staff from their internship pool. Above all, an internship can help you decide what you want your career path to be in the theatre. There are many reasons to undertake an internship, but no good reason not to do one." - Professor John Green, Department Chair


Internship opportunities available in

Artistic Arts Administration Casting Development


Drama Therapy Education & Community Programs Finance
Front of House Graphic Design House Management Musical Theatre
Special Events

Stage & Venue Management

Technical Direction Assistance Youth Theatre


Recent internships placements

About Face American Theatre Company The Artistic Home
Babes with Blades Broadway in Chicago The Building Stage
Chicago Children's Theatre Chicago Shakespeare City Lit Theatre Company
Congo Square Theatre Company Crescendo Apparel Encore Talent Agency
First Folio Theatre Free Street Theatre Geddes Talent Agency
Gray's Talent Group The Hypocrites Lifeline Theatre
Mary Arrchie Theatre Mercury Music Institute of the North Shore
Neo-Futurists Next Theatre Oak Park Festival Theatre
O'Connor Casting P&R Casting Profiles Theatre Company
Redmoon Theatre Red Orchid Theatre Company Remy Bumppo
School of the Performing Arts Silk Road Project Stage 773
Steep Theatre Stewart Talent Agency Strawdog
Writers Theatre