PROFESSIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
Training. Participation. Anticipation.
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.
Most in-season internships require 25 hours per week. Exceptions include Artistic Learning (30 hours per week), as well as stage management and costume design (full-time). Most off-season internships require 10-20 hours per week.
In-Season internships must begin on or before PIP Orientation on June 13, with rolling start dates beginning in April. Start and end dates for most internships are determined based on the intern's availability and the department's schedule. Internships are a minimum of three months. The one exception is Artistic Learning, which runs June 13 through August 12.
Productions interns are provided with hands-on experience by assisting with our mainstage productions. These positions will require availability during various parts of that show’s process (eg. rehearsals, design meetings, tech, etc), depending the internship. Our show calendar for this year is as follows:
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Rehearsal prep begins April 20th
Tech begins May 18th
Run is May 28th-June 19th
Rehearsal prep begins June 1st
Tech begins June 30th
Run is July 9th- July 31st
YOU NEVER CAN TELL
Rehearsal prep begins July 6th
Tech begins August 4th
Run is August 13th-September 4th
Rehearsal prep begins August 10th
Tech begins September 4th
Run is September 17th-October 9th
A tentative weekly schedule will be discussed as part of the interview process. Weekly schedules are determined based on the intern's availability and the department's needs. Internships may have varying weekly requirements.
Cal Shakes’s interns receive a small weekly travel stipend to assist with the cost of commuting. The stipend depends on the internship, so please check the list below for the exact amount each position will receive.
Artistic - $125/week
Artistic Learning - $100/week
Costume Design - $100/week
Costume Shop - $100/week
Production Management - $125/week
Properties - $100/week
Scenic Painting - $100/week
Sound Design/Engineering - $100/week
Stage Management - $125/week
We also reimburse travel expenses for travel done on behalf of Cal Shakes over the course of the workday. Interns are entitled to as many as eight tickets for each Cal Shakes production during which they are on staff, and walk-in tickets to many theaters in the Bay Area.
Cal Shakes is happy to assist you in acquiring college credit through your university. Requirements on the part of Cal Shakes must be discussed in advance in order to accommodate the needs of the university. Interns must provide Cal Shakes with all necessary paperwork on the first day of their internship.
Interns are responsible for securing their own housing. If you do not have local housing and would like to apply, we are happy to connect you with other interns who are interested in finding shared housing. We are committed to our local community and thus prioritize candidates with local housing.
Cal Shakes does not provide transportation to and from work, but it is possible to intern at Cal Shakes without a car. Interns in certain positions have preferred to have their own car due to occasional required workday travel, particularly artistic, production management, props, and costume design interns. However, interns without cars can often carpool for this daytime travel.
The Cal Shakes office and rehearsal hall are 1.5 miles from the Ashby BART station in Berkeley, and multiple bus lines stop within a few blocks of the office. The Bruns Amphitheater is BART-accessible during performances—there is a free shuttle that goes between Orinda BART and the Bruns before and after the performances. During technical rehearsals, BART and the shuttle are unavailable at night, so interns without cars are responsible for arranging rides to and from the Bruns.
Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from work on time.