Please select questions below to see more information. If your question is not addressed below, feel free to email us.
What’s the difference between an internship and a fellowship?
Internships are shorter in length and more focused in scope. Fellowships tend to be longer and interdisciplinary, and require applicants to have a bit more experience. Take a look at the table below for more details.
|Who Should Apply*||Recent college graduates, or those with 1-2 years of experience in their field||Current college students, recent college graduates, or those with equivalent experience|
|Description||Multi-disciplinary; opportunities to deeply engage with the day-to-day work of Cal Shakes and to work independently; will prepare you for entry-level position in arts administration||Discipline-specific; works closely with supervisor; will prepare you for Fellowship position or entry-level position in your specific field|
|Duration||7-12 months, spans in-season and off-season||2-5 months, either in-season or off-season|
|Time Commitment||Part- to full-time||Part- to full-time|
|Compensation||$125/week||$100-$125/week (varies by position)|
What does “in-season” and “off-season” mean?
Cal Shakes’ season runs between April and September every year; in-season positions tend to be closely tied to programs that only take place during that time, such as our Main Stage productions and our Summer Shakespeare Conservatory.
Off-season refers to the portion of the year between September and the following April, when we hold auditions and cast for our next season, plan and produce our Gala, and more. Positions in the off-season participate in this work.
Where is Cal Shakes located?
Cal Shakes has two primary sites: Heinz and the Bruns. Heinz is located in Berkeley, CA and houses our administrative offices, our costume shop, our scenic shop, and our rehearsal hall. The Bruns, our performance space, is located in the hills of Orinda, CA. The Bruns and Heinz are about 7 miles apart, and both are accessible by public transportation, including BART, during the day. During technical rehearsals, BART is unavailable at night, so interns without cars are responsible for arranging rides to and from the Bruns.
All positions except Artistic Learning Interns will work at one or both of these sites. Artistic Learning Interns will work instead at our Summer Shakespeare Conservatory, which is hosted each summer by two schools in the East Bay.
What are the benefits of participating in PIP?
Participants 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. PIP also typically offers professional growth seminars, free and discounted tickets to productions at Cal Shakes and other theaters, and opportunities to build a professional network in the vibrant Bay Area theater community.
Is PIP a paid position?
PIP is a stipended program. Amounts vary based on the position (view position descriptions for details). PIP participants are also reimbursed for travel done on behalf of Cal Shakes over the course of the workday.
Can I receive college credit?
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. PIP participants must provide Cal Shakes with all necessary paperwork on the first day of their internship.
Do I need a car to participate in PIP?
Cal Shakes does not provide transportation to and from work, but it is possible to intern at Cal Shakes without a car. Many interns have preferred to have their own car due to occasional workday travel or ease of commute; however, interns often organize carpools, Both of our regular work sites (Heinz and the Bruns) are accessible by public transportation.
Artistic Learning (AL) Interns will work at our Summer Shakespeare Conservatory, which is hosted each summer by two schools in the East Bay. These locations are typically accessible by public transportation, although AL Interns often prefer to organize carpools.
Do I need to live in the Bay Area to participate in PIP?
No, but please note that Cal Shakes does not provide housing to PIP participants. We can recommend resources for short-term rental accommodations, and we do try to connect participants who require temporary housing with one another.
Does PIP accept international applicants?
Yes, but Cal Shakes is unable to sponsor visas at this time. Applicants must secure their visas prior to being selected. International participants are responsible for knowing the details of their visas and how they may affect pay and availability.
When do applications become available?
We accept applications for in-season positions in late winter, and applications for off-season positions in early fall. Applications become available at least one month prior to the first deadline and two months before the second deadline. Telephone and personal interviews will be held for select applicants following each deadline. All applicants will be responded to within two months of the second deadline. To view important dates for our current round of applications, please visit the Apply page. For those who would like to receive announcements when PIP positions become available, we host a Cal Shakes Artist Facebook page where we provide updates about PIP applications.
What is the difference between the first and second deadlines?
We process all applications received by the first deadline and hold interviews for select applicants. Positions that are not filled following the first deadline will remain open. As a result, please note that some positions may be filled prior to the second deadline and will be removed from the Apply page.
What kind of experience do I need in order to be eligible?
Applicants for PIP must have completed at least one year of college, or be able to demonstrate commitment and equivalent experience within their desired field. These positions are not appropriate for high school students. Applicants for PIP should also be 18 or older by the start of their position.
What kind of availability do I need in order to be eligible?
It depends on the position for which you are applying. Some positions are flexible and part-time, so it is possible to hold a part-time job. Other positions have requirements based on rehearsal/production schedules, and are truly full-time. Start and end dates are sometimes flexible, but conflicts must be approved in advance by the supervisor. If you have a specific question about availability, please reach out to the Intern Program Manager, Clea Shapiro.
Can I apply for more than one position?
Applicants may indicate a first and second choice on the application form. If you are not selected for your first choice, we will consider you for the second if you meet all of the position requirements, which can be found on the fellowship and internship description pages.
Do you offer internships in acting?
Cal Shakes does not offer an acting internship. Artistic Learning Interns will often have performance backgrounds, but the position is best for those interested in gaining experience as teaching artists. To learn more about opportunities to auditions for Cal Shakes, please visit the Audition page.