Cal Shakes offers both internships and fellowships. Our internships are short-term (usually two to four months in duration) and allow participants to better understand how a specific department functions at a mid-size regional theater. Internships are an intensive in an individual subject. Intern graduates should emerge ready for a fellowship position or an entry-level position in that specific field. Due to Cal Shakes’ seasonal schedule, we offer two sessions of internships. Roughly, in-season internships run between April and October, and off-season internships run between October and April.

Our fellowships are longer in duration and require more experience than our internships. If you’ve participated in one of our fellowships, you should leave qualified for an entry-level arts administration position in a comparably-sized theater. Fellowships have a broader focus that allows the participants to understand how a theater company works. Fellows will have more responsibility than interns and as such will do more independent work and have less direct supervision. Our fellows become a part of the fabric of the company during their time here and are encouraged to give input and insight, and ask questions. Fellowships tend to last 8-12 months, during both the off-season and the season.

During both internships and fellowships, participants will gain practical experience in their desired field in a supportive learning environment. Interns and fellows will leave with a strong foundation for a career in the arts. Participants receive on-the-job training and instruction and will shadow their supervisors in their day-to-day activities: assisting with projects, participating in meetings, and possibly working on independent projects. Adjustments may be made based on the participant’s skill level and personal goals. Interns participate in professional growth seminars, which provide them with additional resources for their careers.

See Position Descriptions for information about the application process for the next session of Internships & Fellowships. Join the Cal Shakes Artist Network Facebook page to receive updates about available positions.

In addition to hands-on experience and trainings, Cal Shakes' interns have access to the exciting Bay Area theater scene.

Program Benefits include:
  •  Weekly travel stipend
  •  Free tickets to Cal Shakes’ productions
  •  Free walk-in tickets to other Bay Area theaters
  •  Opportunities to meet actors and directors at
      Cal Shakes’ Meet and Greets