Intern Opportunities

We are searching for interns and apprentices to help with the operations and production activities of our Summer Stock Theatre Program. As vital members of our team, interns and apprentices are given the unique opportunity to work with professional artists in residence, gain hands-on training in theatre production and administration, and enjoy our shows at no cost.


The goal of the IAPI Apprentice and Internship program is to provide students with valuable insight into potential career paths; to facilitate opportunities to forge professional relationships; to develop and foster skills for future industry employment opportunities; and to provide entry-level career experience in the theatre. 


Our internship positions are volunteer opportunities that allow high school and college students to explore options for their career interests. Our apprentice opportunities offer compensation, and are open to college students only.


Current Internship Opportunities (for all area high school and college students)


MARKETING & PROMOTIONS INTERNS: (2 positions available)

Responsibilities include coordinating special events, maintaining press and advertising files, assembling press and media packets, tracking box office information, contributing to audience surveys, assisting with social media campaigns, (including all online content and marketing e-blasts),  grassroots marketing efforts (including canvassing neighborhoods and organizations with promotional materials), other audience cultivation efforts, as well as helping to sell program advertising to local businesses. Marketing interns work directly with the Marketing Associate. Candidates must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills; basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and graphic design experience preferred. Ideal candidates will commit to 5-10 hours per week.



Interns work directly with the Marketing Associate to cultivate audiences through social media, including Facebook and Twitter. They will help identify, engage and interact with local businesses and groups to help secure ticket sales with groups of ten or more. Interns will also help organize outreach efforts to connect with diverse audiences. Candidates should be comfortable communicating with new people and groups, as well as leading and working at social events. Ideal candidates will commit to 5-10 hours per week.


AUDIENCE SERVICES INTERNS: (2 positions available)

Interns assist the Front House team in the daily operations of the Box Office. Responsibilities include assisting in show preparations, selling single tickets, and helping to maintain and sell concessions. The ideal intern will have customer service experience, confidence working with numbers and a positive attitude. Candidates must be available for all show nights.


PRODUCTION INTERNS (2 positions available)

Interns receive hands-on training in all areas of technical theatre (sound, lighting, carpentry, costumes) in the form of load-ins, strikes, and providing technical assistance as crew members. Candidates work primarily with the Technical Coordinator and Stage Manager to help with set and prop construction, light hangs, painting, etc. Interns work in an intimate environment with ample opportunities for hands-on learning, including access to production meetings and tech rehearsals. Duties may also include running errands, organization and cleaning of theatre space, creating signage, etc. Production interns assist as members of the production staff at rehearsals, and working tech on productions. This internship helps develop skills in construction of scenic elements and coordinating sound, lights and costumes. Experience with technical theatre is a plus. Hours vary.


PERFORMANCE TECHNICAL INTERNS (3 positions available):

Interns are assigned to a specific show and work from load-in (tech week) until strike on closing night. IPAI production staff will teach performance interns how to work all of the equipment in the theatre, and then they will serve as a board operator (sound, light, etc.) for that show. Hours vary for this internship, depending on the tech and performance schedule of each show. Candidates must be available for all show dates.


PROPS MASTER INTERN (1 position available)

The intern works on a variety of projects and assignment for both shows. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, personable candidate with an artistic background. Candidate will ultimately be planning, gathering and constructing props – and will be working directly with the Stage Manager for a prop schedule. Intern should have an ability to work independently and have their own transportation available for retrieving the props (gas will be reimbursed). Hours vary depending on production and rehearsal schedule.



The intern will receive professional rehearsal and performance experience and training. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparation of rehearsal paperwork, coordinating rehearsal props and costumes, taking staging notes, being on book, and other production duties as needed. The intern will answer directly to the Assistant Stage Manager Apprentice and the Stage Manager. Intern will also be responsible for part of the backstage show operations. Candidate must have some stage management experience, be extremely organized, eager to learn on the job, and demonstrate flexibility to thrive in a busy theatre environment. Intern must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Candidate will work 15-20 hours per week.


Current Apprenticeship Opportunities (for college students only)



This position works directly with the Director and Artistic Director in all aspects of production, and reports daily to the Stage Manager. Responsibilities include helping to coordinate schedules, assistance in running rehearsals, assisting in production research, and supporting all aspects of production management. Candidate must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, pay attention to detail, and possess the ability to work efficiently under pressure. This position is designed for individuals pursuing production or directorial careers in the live performing arts. Past directorial experience required. Only dedicated and motivated individuals should apply. Hours vary, but apprentice is expected at all meetings, rehearsals, performances and special events related to the production.



This position reports directly to the Stage Manager, and provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of stage management, from rehearsal to the production process. Apprentice will also work closely with the Technical Coordinator, Props Master, Costumer, Production Interns and all other production staff. They will receive professional rehearsal and performance experience, including putting together production books, managing staff, and ultimately “calling” show cues. Candidates must be extremely organized and hardworking, have excellent communication skills, and have reliable transportation. Some stage management experience is required. The ideal candidate should possess a strong desire for a career in theatre and production management. Hours vary, but expect 20-25 hours per week. 


BOX OFFICE APPRENTICE (1 position available)

This apprentice is directly responsible for the box office daily operations, including supervision of the audience services interns. Responsibilities include data entry, daily box office reports, handling fax and mail order sales, customer mailings and general maintenance of all box office records. Apprentice will be trained on ticketing software system. Ideal candidate will have customer service experience, be comfortable with numbers, and have excellent communication skills. Reliable transportation is required.


WORK-STUDY APPRENTICE: (2 positions available) – IUPUI students only

Two marketing positions available immediately open on Jag Jobs. Must be work-study eligible and complete the work-study hiring process. Responsibilities include the creation of all marketing and promotional materials--press releases, posters, flyers, brochures, postcards, indoor and outdoor signage, etc.--pertaining to our summer program. Spring and summer opportunities available.


All IAPI Apprentice and Internships share the same basic expectations, including:

  • the knowledge and skills required to work successfully in a specific department of the theatre.
  • social maturity and self-sufficiency..
  • the ability to take direction and criticism well.
  • the ability to digest new information quickly and apply it productively.
  • consistent and dependable work habits.
  • excellent communication skills.
  • creative problem-solving and the ability to multi-task.
  • the ability to work comfortably and effectively in a highly collaborative environment.

Apprentice and internship interviews are available by appointment only. Please email Jeff Owen.

(317) 916-0568 or Email

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