Summer  Internship  2021

Internships are open to entering 9th through recently graduated 12th graders 

The summer camp internship experience offers:

  • Hands-on experience for future career opportunities

  • Leadership experiences facilitating camp activities

  • Mentorship opportunities with theatre professionals

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access training

Summer interns will have the option to receive community service hours or a modest stipend for their work.. We are also happy to provide letters of recommendation. 

Learn about camp from our summer camp staff in this video 
 

COVID-Safe! Featuring self-tapes of PVTC summer camp staff members

Video Editing: Brooke Johansen of Friendship Lane Productions

Sound: Bensound (www.bensound.com)

About Summer Internship Program

  Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory's high school internship program provides invaluable artistic training to young theatre makers, building a sense of community that will remains foundational long after the end of summer. We offer opportunities to experience the inner-workings of theatre production from every angle. Each of our internships includes a uniquely hands-on experience coupled with mentorship and professional development.

Interns are integral to PVTC's summer camp experience. Interns work in every department and gain valuable professional skills building strong relationships with students and staff. Internships offer leadership experience, designed to provide interns participates with training, support, and experience needed to achieve personal and career goals.  Even during this unusual unprecedented time of COVID, interns will be given creative opportunities and participate in memorable camp traditions. 

Mandatory Intern Training Dates:

  • May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th from 10-11:30am  

  • There will also be a show-specific training May 31st - June 11th (date & time TBD)

 

Junior Staff Positions

Positions listed below with an * indicate they are also available as junior staff positions. For those recently graduated seniors looking for a larger leadership challenge, you are welcome to apply for a junior staff position in lieu of an internship by filling out an application form HERE.

  

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11, 2021

If you are new to PVTC, you must also have an adult not related to you submit a recommendation letter to internships@pvtc-ca.org.
 

Internships are open to entering 9th through recently graduated 12th graders. We've created an FAQ page HERE. Please reach out to internships@pvtc-ca.org with additional questions.

SUMMER 2021 INTERNSHIPS

ADMIN

  • Serve as the intern point-person for our digital program, including keeping track of camper and staff/intern bios

  • Update tracking for camp traditions like daily royalty slides, etc.

  • Take morning attendance and communicating absences to staff and interns

  • Label and file photos and videos that are taken throughout camp

  • Work with staff to prepare print and fundraising materials for camp-related development campaigns

  • Collaborate with staff leads to convey important reminders to campers/families

  • Help facilitate other communication avenues (such as a camp blog) based on interest

  • Curate visuals for pre-show engagement materials (in collaboration with the social media intern)

Session I, II, III

ART CREATOR

  • Create art for performances as needed, including stills (drawings, digital art, etc.) and animated sequences

  • Create art pieces for incorporation in the program, such as insert pages and decorative graphics (in collaboration with social media and admin interns)

  • Create art pieces for rotation group projects (in collaboration with editors and rotation leaders)

  • Create art for PVTC camp, including virtual backgrounds or on-campus signs (some of this work will be expected before camp for use on the first day)

Session I, II, III

NOTE: There will be not be opportunities to engage with rotation groups for Session III art internships

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AD)*

  • Support director in rehearsals (running lines, “staging” small moments, etc.)

  • Provide notes to campers (both acting and on elements of filming like camera placement, etc.)

  • Lead the review of scenes and songs in breakout rooms to help actors feel confident

  • Help facilitate tablework and discussions about thematic elements of the show

Session II, III

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (ASM)*

  • Take detailed line notes during runs and collaborate with SMs to distribute notes to actors and staff members

  • Take notes on blocking and other staging ideas to maintain an up-to-date record

  • Contribute to daily documents that track filming needs (costumes, props/sets, camera setup, etc.)

  • Record and filming moments as necessary (which will include filming staff and interns at work for PVTC’s records)

  • Take attendance for rotations throughout the day

Session I, II, III

CHOREOGRAPHY*

  • Create your own choreography for moments in songs and facilitating rotations to teach the choreography

  • Assist in dance rehearsals lead by the choreographer, which might include taking/giving notes, modeling choreography, and monitoring the chat for questions

  • Review material with students in breakout rooms before we capture footage or perform

Session II

COSTUMES

  • Learn from the costumes designer to create specific costume designs for each actor

  • Check (and fix, as needed) costume looks prior to filming sections or performances

  • Help lead design rotations (monitoring chats, modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists

  • Facilitate at least one independent costumes rotation for campers with the support of the costume designer

  • Depending on needs, create costumes kits to distribute to campers prior to the start of the session

Session I, II

NOTE: There will be one costumes intern each session who might work on multiple shows at once

DRAMATURGY*

  • Conduct research for each show (themes, history, source material, etc.) as needed

  • Create a dramaturgy presentation for campers and facilitate 1-2 rotations to teach the material

  • Write dramaturgy notes for our digital program

  • Curate content (language, images, etc.) for our digital pre-show engagement material

  • Additional responsibilities for full time position:

  • Facilitate talkbacks after performances and during-camp conversations with guest artists

  • Research facts related to lessons and points in the devising process for daily share-outs with the cast and crew

  • Collaborate with IDEA director for additional discussions about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility with PVTC’s summer programming

  • Additional responsibilities for Session III Internship:

  • Conduct research about this history of musical theatre and dramaturgy for musicals

  • Collaborate with staff to facilitate workshops on musical theatre dramaturgy

Session I, III (part-time or full-time)

EDITOR

  • Create animated sequences for certain moments in the show as needed

  • Learn about the process of storyboarding for filmed performances

  • Serve as the creator for one of three video projects: blooper reel, performance credits, or a camp photo journal

  • Edit together rotation group projects (in collaboration with art creators and rotation leaders)

Session I, II, III

NOTE: Editing internships will be part time positions for Session III with a greater emphasis on video creation without rotation group components

HAIR

  • Learn from the hair designer to create specific wig/hair designs for each actor

  • Check (and fix, as needed) hair looks prior to filming sections or performances

  • Help lead design rotations (monitoring chats, modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists

  • Facilitate at least one independent hair rotation for campers with the support of the hair designer

  • Depending on needs, create hair kits to distribute to campers prior to the start of the session

Session I, II

NOTE: There will be one hair intern each session who might work on multiple shows at once

MAKE UP

  • Learn from the makeup designer to create specific makeup designs for each actor

  • Check (and fix, as needed) makeup looks prior to filming sections or performances

  • Help lead design rotations (monitoring chats, modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists

  • Facilitate at least one independent makeup rotation for campers with the support of the makeup designer

  • Depending on needs, create makeup kits to distribute to campers prior to the start of the session

Session I, II

NOTE: There will be one makeup intern each session who might work on multiple shows at once

PROPS / SETS

  • Learn from the props/set designer to create specific costume designs for each actor

  • Help lead design rotations (monitoring chats, modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists

  • Facilitate at least one independent projects rotation for campers with the support of the props/Sst designer

  • Depending on needs, creating props/set kits to distribute to campers prior to the start of the session

Session I, II

NOTE: There will be one props/set intern each session who might work on multiple shows at once

ROTATION GROUP LEADER

  • Facilitate group projects and activities, including assorted games, group cheers, and a digital group project (in collaboration with Art and Editing Interns)

  • Lead a variety of games for campers based on the needs of the show (such as building characters, boosting energy, increasing focus, etc.)

  • Host break and lunch-time digital rooms with campers from across groups (campers will have the option to stay on for these times each day)

  • Help maintain morning and afternoon traditions like sticker charts, corkboard and countdown, and the camp skit

  • Facilitate afternoon activities including games and fun crafting projects (campers will have the option to stay on for these times each day)

  • While not required, interns are also welcome to follow their groups through online rotations for extra support and bonding time

Session I, II, III

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AD)

  • Help the playwright and director track the development of the script, which might include maintaining a script change log and/or updating the script draft

  • Learn about the process of storyboarding for filming

  • Support directors in rehearsals (running lines, “staging” small moments, etc.)

  • Review filming setup and provide feedback, including prep for live filming and submitted self-tapes

  • Provide notes to campers (both acting and on elements of filming like camera placement, etc.)

  • Lead the review of scenes and songs in breakout rooms to help actors feel confident

Session II, III

NOTE: This position will likely start with more script responsibilities and shift to a more traditional AD role as the script is solidified

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Collaborate with PVTC staff to create a social media plan for the summer using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter

  • Make graphics and social media posts (using platforms like Canva) to be approved by PVTC staff

  • Capture screenshots and videos in rehearsal rooms to feature on social media platforms

  • Help facilitate other communication avenues (such as a camp blog) based on interest

  • Upload student, staff, and intern photos for use in posts and internal camp materials

  • Curate visuals for pre-show engagement materials (in collaboration with the admin intern)

Session I, II, III