The Hippodrome Theatre’s Internship Program offers hands-on experience in the region’s premier professional theatre and cultural center. The internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates the chance to participate in and observe a professional theatre environment. The Hippodrome offers a wide variety of internships—full and part-time, season-long and just for summer—in areas ranging from IT to costumes to acting.
In addition to departmental assignments, Hippodrome interns do participate in important theatre-wide initiatives including: marketing, opening night events, strike, etc. However, our interns spend the majority of their time working in their chosen fields, developing the skills and contacts needed to take the next step toward achieving professional and educational goals.
Interns work closely with members of our experienced and talented staff. Each intern is responsible for accomplishing goals set by his/her departmental supervisor. Many departments at the Hipp include project-based activities, providing our interns with opportunities to work independently and see their efforts come to fruition.
Q: What internships do you offer?
A: Internships for which we are accepting applications are listed under CURRENT OPENINGS. Internships routinely offered at the Hippodrome include the following: Acting, Arts Administration, ASM, Cinema, Company Management, Costumes, Development, Education, General Production, Group Sales/Rentals/Outreach, IT, Lighting, Marketing, Props, and Sound.
Q: How long is a Hippodrome internship?
A: Internship lengths vary by department and need. The approximate dates of the internship are posted with the description.
Q: What if my availability does not match the specified internship dates?
A: Within reason, internship dates are usually negotiable. You should keep in mind, however, that our selection process tends to favor applicants whose availability most closely matches the specified dates and hours. If you will be unavailable at any time during the period of the posted internship dates, please include that information in your cover letter.
Q: Are Hippodrome interns paid?
A: Yes! Although we are a not-for-profit theatre, we do provide small weekly stipends to our interns to help offset living expenses. Stipend amounts, exact dates, etc. can be discussed during the interview process.
Q: Can I be an intern and also hold an outside job?
A: The demands of a full-time Hippodrome internship make it very difficult (if not impossible) to hold an outside job at the same time. Full-time interns and part-time interns who are also enrolled in college classes are strongly discouraged from having outside employment.
Q: Does the Hippodrome provide housing for interns?
A: The Hippodrome has limited housing availability (typically apartments shared with 1-2 other interns). Housing is given first to actors, and then to full-time interns. Housing is not available for part-time interns.
Q: What about transportation?
A: Having your own car is a plus, but not a requirement unless it is stated in the internship description. Many interns find Gainesville’s bus system (RTS) or a bicycle adequate.
Q: How do I know if I’m eligible for a Hippodrome internship?
A: Review the individual internship descriptions. If you are at least 18 years of age and meet the education and skill requirements of a posted internship, you are welcome to apply.
Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: Hippodrome internships are posted at different times throughout the year. Individual internships may include an application deadline. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they were received. It is recommended that applicants apply as soon as openings are posted.
Q: How do I apply for an internship?
A: See the “HOW TO APPLY” section above.
Q: What should be included in my cover letter?
A: The most successful cover letters answer the following questions:
Q: Can you offer any other advice for applicants?
A: The following list of tips may increase your chance of a successful application to the Hipp and elsewhere:
Q: How does the application process work?
A: Once your materials are received, they are distributed to the appropriate department head(s) for review. You will be contacted via phone or email ONLY if you are selected for an interview or asked to supply additional information. Not all applicants will be asked to interview. We receive a high volume of internship applicants, so we are not able to provide status reports on the review process.
We contact applicants under consideration as quickly as possible, but please keep in mind that this is a busy professional theatre. Depending on our activities here and the immediacy of the internship, it could take 3-4 weeks to receive an interview call. Local applicants are asked to interview in-person, while out-of-town applicants are interviewed via phone and/or Skype.
Queries about our internship program:
Finance Director & Intern Coordinator