Housing, paid work, and other logistical info
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Most summer internships require 25–30 hours per week. Several internships, including stage management, have varying schedules, and some weeks the intern will work full-time. A tentative weekly schedule will be discussed as part of the interview process.
The general starting dates for internships are May 12 and June 9. Most internships will end on August 15 or September 7. Some departments will have varying start and end dates, to be discussed during the interview process.
Cal Shakes internships are unpaid. We do, however, reimburse travel expenses for any traveling done 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.
Teaching Artist Fellows will receive a $600 stipend for the entirety of their fellowship, and will be compensated for the classes they teach. They are also 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.
Cal Shakes offers shared, furnished housing for rent to a limited number of interns from June through August. To be considered for an apartment you must express your interest in your application. You will receive confirmation of your housing status after your interview. Rent is $500 per month, plus a down payment of $100 to cover utilities during your three-month stay. Therefore the intern apartment costs a total of $1,600 to be paid in two installments of $800 due by May 1 and May 22.
Cal Shakes does not provide transportation, however it is possible to participate in certain internships within the Professional Immersion Program without a car. The Cal Shakes office and rehearsal hall are located one mile from the Ashby BART (train) station in Berkeley, and there is a bus that picks up at the BART station and drops off just a few blocks from the office. Our outdoor theater is also BART-accessible; there is a shuttle that picks up at the Orinda BART prior to performances; the shuttle returns to the BART station following the performance. Rides will have to be arranged during technical rehearsals as there is not a shuttle and BART stops running before tech is done for the evening. Coordinating rides is the responsibility of the intern and it is expected that interns contribute gas money to repeat drivers, especially fellow interns. It is expected that those details will be worked out amongst the interns. Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from work, on time.
We are committed to making internships possible for young artists who might otherwise not be able to afford to intern with Cal Shakes. Part-time work as a member of House Management, Box Office, or Theater Store staff may be available to participants in the Professional Immersion Program based on financial need and the experience level of the intern. Stage management interns will not be able to participate in paid work study due to their rigorous schedule. Applications for part-time work program will be distributed once offers of employment have been accepted. Part-time opportunities are not guaranteed.
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