Summer 2022 Internships

ALL participants must be vaccinated

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

Applications will open on January 24th

 

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. Interns work in every department and gain valuable professional skills, building strong relationships with students and staff. Internships offer unique leadership opportunities, designed to provide participants with training, support, and experience needed to achieve personal and career goals. Even during these unprecedented times of COVID, interns will be given creative opportunities and participate in memorable camp traditions. 

Junior Staff Positions

If you are a recently graduated senior looking for a larger leadership challenge, you are welcome to apply for a junior staff position in lieu of an internship. To do so, please fill out an application form, which will be available on January 24th. More information about our junior staff positions HERE.

Mandatory Intern Training Dates

  • May 7th & 14th from 10-11:30am (online)

  • May 21st from 9-12pm (in person at PVTC!)

  • June 4th from 12:30-4pm (in person at PVTC - bring a picnic lunch!)

  • There will be discipline and show-specific trainings throughout the month of May and June as well as opportunities to come to campus to prep

We've created an FAQ page HERE. Please reach out to internships@pvtc-ca.org with additional questions.

How to Apply 

  • Fill out the application by March 18, 2022

  • 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 internships@pvtc-ca.org by Friday, March 25th. 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 21st-April 24th

  • All applicants will be notified of their internship offers by Friday, April 15th, 2022. 

Internship Position Descriptions

Rotation Leader (All Sessions)


  • Serve as a mentor and leader for a group of campers, guiding them through daily rotations
  • Facilitate group projects and activities, including assorted games, group cheers, and group projects
  • Lead a variety of theatre-based exercises for campers based on the needs of the show (such as building characters, boosting energy, increasing focus, etc.)
  • Help maintain morning and afternoon traditions like sticker charts, corkboard and countdown, and the camp skit
  • Collaborate with other leaders to create a guidebook for future rotation leaders
  • Reports To: Intern Coordinator
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, III, and IV




Assistant Stage Manager (Sessions I, II, and III)


  • Support the organizational needs of the show throughout the rehearsal process and performances
  • 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 show needs (costumes, props/sets, camera setup, etc.)
  • Manage the backstage space on headset, which includes running transitions and keeping actors and crew members safe
  • Reports To: Producer
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Director (Sessions I, II, and III)


  • Support the show’s director, and learn about the craft of directing throughout the rehearsal process and tech week
  • Assist the director in rehearsals, which might include taking notes, running lines, and staging small moments rehearsals
  • Help facilitate tablework and discussions about thematic elements of the show
  • Deliver acting notes to campers with guidance from the director
  • Lead the review of scenes and songs to help actors feel confident
  • Reports To: Director
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Choreography (Session I, II)


  • Support the show’s choreographer, and learn about the craft of choreography throughout the rehearsal process and tech week
  • Assist in dance rotations led by the choreographer, which might include taking/giving notes, leading warm-ups, and modeling choreography
  • Create your own choreography for moments in songs and facilitate rotations to teach the choreography
  • Review material with students in small groups
  • Reports To: Choreographer
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I and II. Ideally, this intern will serve in the same role for both sessions for continuity.




Script Supervisor (Session III)


  • Learn about the process of script writing, and support the playwright and director to track the development of the show
  • Help supervise script changes, which might include maintaining a script-change log and updating the script draft
  • Participate actively in the storyboarding and devising process, which might include filming acting exercises and improvisations
  • Transcribe footage of discoveries made in the devising process
  • Reports To: Director/Playwright
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Session III




Assistant Costumesr (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of costume design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Help create specific costume designs for each actor
  • Check (and fix, as needed) costume looks prior to performances
  • Help lead design rotations (modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists
  • Facilitate at least one independent costumes rotation for campers with the support of the costume designer
  • Help create costumes kits in preparation for camp
  • Reports To: Costume Designer
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Hair (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of hair design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Help create specific hair designs for each actor
  • Check (and fix, as needed) hair looks prior to performances
  • Help lead design rotations (modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists
  • Facilitate at least one independent hair rotation for campers with the support of the hair designer
  • Help create hair kits in preparation for camp
  • Reports To: Hair Designer
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Makeup (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of makeup design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Help create specific makeup designs for each actor
  • Check (and fix, as needed) makeup looks prior to performances
  • Help lead design rotations (modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists
  • Facilitate at least one independent makeup rotation for campers with the support of the makeup designer
  • Help create makeup kits in preparation for camp
  • Reports To: Makeup Designer
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Sets & Props (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of set and props design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Help lead design rotations (modeling projects, etc.) with teaching artists

  • Facilitate at least one independent projects rotation for campers with the support of the props/set designer
  • Help with the construction of sets and props, which might include carpentry and painting
  • Help prepare the space for camp, such as setting up the sets/prop shop for rotations
  • Reports To: Set and Props Designer
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Lights (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of lighting design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Assist in the lights pre-tech process, including paper tech, hang and focus, etc.
  • Take and implement notes from designers and directors during tech rehearsals
  • Operate the lights board during the run of the show
  • Reports To: Lighting Designer
  • This position is a full-time internship during tech week. It will likely be a part-time position earlier in the session, which may include some after-camp hours.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Sound (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of sound design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Assist in the sound pre-tech process, including paper tech, hang and focus, etc.
  • Take and implement notes from designers and directors during tech rehearsals
  • Operate the sound board during the run of the show
  • Reports To: Sound Designer
  • This position is a full-time internship during tech week. It will likely be a part-time position earlier in the session, which may include some after-camp hours.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Assistant Projections (Session I, II, III)


  • Learn about the craft of projection design, and support the designer throughout the production process
  • Assist in the projections pre-tech process, including paper tech, hang and focus, etc.
  • Take and implement notes from designers and directors during tech rehearsals
  • Operate the projections board during the run of the show
  • Reports To: Projection Designer
  • This position is a full-time internship during tech week. It will likely be a part-time position earlier in the session, which may include some after-camp hours.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Social Media & Marketing (Session I, II, III)


  • Support PVTC’s overall social media and marketing plan

  • Collaborate with PVTC staff to create a camp-specific social media plan 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 photos and videos of moments of the camp experience to feature in marketing materials and social media
  • Help facilitate other communication avenues 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)
  • Support the creation of show programs and lobby displays
  • Reports To: Intern Coordinator
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Administration and Operations (All Sessions)


  • Support the daily operations of summer camp on campus
  • Update tracking for camp traditions like daily royalty photos, etc.
  • Assist at the morning drop-off line and communicate absences to staff and interns
  • Label and file photos and videos that are taken throughout camp
  • 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 the lobby display, including organizing photos and displaying camper projects
  • Support the creation of show programs
  • Reports To: Producer
  • This position is a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, III, and IV




Student Activities (Session I, II, III)


  • Help create an inclusive camp culture by organizing a wide range of activities for campers
  • Collaborate with the Student Activities Lead to plan all-camp activities
  • Help maintain morning and afternoon traditions like sticker charts, corkboard and countdown, and the camp skit (alongside the rotation leaders)
  • Reports To: Student Activities Lead
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Dramaturgy (Session I, II, III)


  • Serve as the dramaturg for the production, supporting the director’s vision and offering context to the team
  • Conduct research for the show (themes, history, source material, etc.) as needed
  • Create a dramaturgy presentation for campers and facilitate 1-2 rotations to teach the material
  • Write a dramaturgy note for the show program
  • Reports To: Director
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) (Session I, II, III)


  • Help create an inclusive camp culture by organizing I.D.E.A. initiatives on campus
  • Collaborate with I.D.E.A. Lead to help facilitate sessions about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility for each show
  • As needed, help create and facilitate accessibility accommodations for campers, such as social stories
  • Coordinate with the PVTC team to help plan Access Previews for each session, which might include offering notes on technical changes to the production and creating access supports, such as social stories and signage
  • Reports To: I.D.E.A. Lead
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Developement (All Sessions)


  • Collaborate with the PVTC team to launch a summer-centric fundraising campaign
  • Work with staff to prepare print and fundraising materials for camp-related development campaigns
  • Help plan fundraising events to take place throughout the summer camp season, such as opportunity drawings
  • Help prepare for the annual fall fundraising campaign
  • Reports to: Producer
  • This is a part-time internship that could be combined with additional roles to create a full-time position.
  • Sessions I, II, III, and IV




Art Creator (Session I, II, III)


  • Support the artistic needs of PVTC across a wide range of disciplines
  • Create art for performances as needed, including stills (drawings, digital art, etc.)
  • 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 for PVTC camp, including on-campus signs (some of this work will be expected before camp for use on the first day)
  • Reports To: Producer
  • This is a part-time position, and will likely require some work before the start of camp. If interested, this position could be combined with other roles to create a full-time internship.
  • This internship could be completely remote.
  • Sessions I, II, and III




Editor & A/V Support (Session I, II, III)


  • Support the AV needs of PVTC through special projects and technical support during the run of the show
  • With the support of an editing mentor, create short videos that feature PVTC’s programming
  • Help operate the live stream technology during the run of the show
  • Reports To: Intern Coordinator
  • This is a part-time position. If interested, this position could be combined with other roles to create a full-time internship.
  • Sessions I, II, and III