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Summer Internship

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 remain 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.

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 


This summer, all internship will be volunteer based and interns will receive community service hours for their work. We are also happy to provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Important Dates:

  • Applications due March 8th, 2024

  • Intern Training: Thursday, June 13th from 10am-4pm

  • Internship placements announced bApril 19th

This year, we are offering two focus areas for internships.

Education Internship

The primary role of education interns is to serve as rotation leaders for students in K-8th grades. Each intern will work with a small group of students, guiding them to their classes, rehearsals, and projects workshops, and modeling behavior, skills, and learning games. When not in rotation with their groups, Education Interns will assist with student activity prep and oversight and may also complete administration work related to student experience.

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Tech & Production Internship

Tech & Production Interns will be part of the team responsible for the technical elements of the show. During the lead-up to the show, Tech & Production interns will assist with building sets, props, costumes, projections, and anything related to the design of the project. During tech and performances, Tech & Production interns will serve as assistant stage managers, run crew, and board ops.

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How to Apply

  • Fill out the application by March 8

  • The form has six sections:

    • Contact Information

    • Internship Focus Area

    • Schedule & Availability 

    • Experience & personal statement

    • Reference (for entering grade 9)

    • Access Info


  • Before you submit your application:

    • You will want to be able to provide as many details about your summer availability as possible 

    • Determine which position(s) you are interested in (tech internship or education intern)

    • Take the time to write out your related experience in arts or youth fields or prepare a resume to upload.

    • Prepare a personal statement. You can cut and paste text or upload a PDF of your statement. 

      • If you are a new intern (entering 9th graders or new to PVTC), answer the following: In 500 words or less, please tell us why you're applying to PVTC's internship program. Your statement might include: What theatre and/or education skills do you hope to learn? Why is inclusive arts education important? What does "ensemble" mean to you? 

      • If you are a returning intern, answer the following: In 500 words or less, please tell us why you would like to return to the intern program. Your statement might include: What was your biggest challenge as an intern and how did you overcome it? How can PVTC's interns help create an inclusive summer camp environment? How will you use your experiences to create a sense of "ensemble" for the intern community? 

    • Letter of recommendation (new interns only): Please ask an adult who is not related to you to submit a recommendation letter to by Friday, March 24th. You will need to provide your recommender’s name and email address on the application form. 

  • Submit On Time! Interns who submit their application by the March 8th deadline will have priority in consideration for intern placement and assignments. This summer we may not be able to accommodate every applicant. 

  • Announcing positions. Internship placements will be announced by April 19th

For current 12th graders and college students looking to apply for a summer staff position take a look at our open positions HERE.

We've created an FAQ page HERE.  Please reach out to with additional questions.

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