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Summer 2023 Internships

Internships are open to entering  grade 9 through recently graduated grade 12 

Applications are due by March 17

The summer camp internship experience offers:

  • Hands-on experience in a range of disciplines

  • 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. 

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.


Interns are integral to PVTC's summer camp experience. Over the course of a full camp session Interns will work in various departments and gain valuable professional skills building strong relationships with students and staff. Internships offer leadership experience and are designed to provide interns participants with training, support, and experience needed to achieve personal and career goals. 

What To Know Before Applying: ​

New in 2023: Departments & Specialties

If you've applied to be an intern with PVTC before, you may notice that the internship application is looking a little different this year! This summer, we will be assigning interns into "Departments", to ensure that interns get plenty of great experience. Applicants can still let us know if they wish to have a "specialty" within that department. Interns will likely be working with multiple amazing mentors this summer, learning various skills and tools within their department. 

Important Dates To Remember

  • Internship applications are due March 17, 2023. Interns who submit their application on-time will have priority in consideration for intern placement and assignments. This summer we may not be able to accommodate every applicant. 

  • Interviews for new interns will be held from March 20-April 7. If you are a new applicant, our Intern Coordinator, Lizzie Chapman, will reach out to set up an interview prior to intern assignments. 

  • Intern Training will take place on select Saturday mornings in May & June. These trainings are mandatory for all interns. We ask that you do everything you can to attend. 

  • Goal setting meetings will occur in May & June, and will be scheduled individually with the intern coordinator, interns, and their mentor. These 15-30 minute meetings are also mandatory.

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

How to Apply 

  • Fill out the application by March 17, 2023

  • The form has six sections:

    • Contact Information

    • Availability 

    • Position preferences

    • Experience & personal statement

    • Access Info

    • Final reminder & references

  • 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’re interested in for which session(s). You can indicate more than one interest for each session.

    • 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 25. You will need to provide your recommender’s name and email address on the application form. 

  • Interviews for NEW applicants only will be held between March 20-April 7.

  • All applicants will be notified of their internship offers by Friday, April 21

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