High school interns are integral to Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory. They serve as assistant directors, choreographers, acting coaches, designers, stage managers, rotation leaders, and administration interns. Interns are involved in both the artistic and technical process of making theatre.


Interns build strong relationships with students and staff and receive mentorship in their area(s) of interest, as well as helping to lead many of our creative and memorable camp traditions. 


All summer interns receive a modest stipend for their work. We are also happy to provide letters of recommendation. 


Scroll down for a detailed schedule for each internship.


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Spend your day in the rehearsal room with students and directors crafting the story, working on physical and vocal character choices, and helping students understand how their unique role will make the show come to life. From running lines to helping demonstrate blocking, assistant directors stay busy with students throughout rotations. 


ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER - Learn all of the dances in the show and help coach students to a stellar performance. Review choreography with them, help students struggling with steps, and polish those numbers until they are audience-ready. Some choreographers love their assistants to help them come up with movement, too!


ACTING INTERN - Each day in the acting room brings a new challenge for our budding young actors and the acting intern helps coach students into truthful performances with colorful characters. Demonstrate and lead theatre games and exercises and help students think deeply about their characters. 


COSTUME DESIGN INTERN - Work with the costume designer from day one of camp, beginning with taking inventory of each students’ costume, then working through the creative process of making costume pieces with the designer and students. This is the perfect role for someone who both loves to craft, is patient teaching children how to make things, possess strong problem solving skills, and is organized. 

SCENIC INTERN - Play with power tools, paint, and wood! The majority of your time will be spent constructing the set, loading it into the space, and preparing the theatre for the show. Whether or not you have experience building, this internship is perfect for someone who likes to work collaboratively, finds a sense of accomplishment in working with their hands, and is not afraid to carry awkwardly shaped pieces around campus. 


LIGHTING INTERN - Your schedule may be different than that of other interns, but you will spending time hanging, focusing, and adding color to lights, as well as assisting the lighting designer with programming. Learn how to tell a story through the lighting choices that are made in the process. 


ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS  - Work with the stage management and directing team to orchestrate the backstage choreography of the show. ASMs are responsible for helping to track props, costumes, and blocking, as well as run sound in the rehearsal room, and be backstage on headset during performances to ensure the show runs smoothly. 


ROTATION LEADERS - If your biggest calling is to spend a lot of time directly with students, this is the internship for you. Each rotation leader is responsible for guiding a group of approximately 8-10 students through their camp day, attending classes with them, leading games during downtime, and facilitating group activities like coming up with cheers. Rotation leaders often form friendships with their campers and are the most important links to ensuring that all campers have a positive experience. 


ADMINISTRATION INTERNS - PVTC could not function without a well-run office and interns keep us gliding along smoothly. Help out with projects like ticket sales, T-shirt ordering, the program, and the lobby display. 

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945 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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