Are you looking to fuse your love for the arts with the management and event-planning skills you’ve been developing in college? Do you have a can-do attitude and a strong desire to increase the Hipp’s public profile as an event venue? And do you like to have fun? Then the Hipp’s public programs internship might be for you! 

As a public programs intern, you’ll be responsible for getting people to buy into the Hippodrome. Sure, we want people to buy tickets to our Mainstage shows and cinema screenings, and to rent out our facilities. But we also want them to buy into this place that we love so much. The Hippodrome is a true cornerstone of downtown Gainesville, and your job as a public programs intern is to make sure that the community doesn’t just know that — they feel it. We want you to get people flowing in through our doors, excited about our programming and our mission.

While working with our public programs team, you’ll have the opportunity to create original content for our website and social media pages. You’ll become one of the most in-the-know people about the downtown area. You’ll be pushed to flex your creative muscles and produce meaningful work. If you’re up for the challenge, we think you’ll really enjoy yourself.


This internship includes working at the theatre during weekday office hours as well as during evening/weekend Mainstage performances. This is a part-time internship. Reports to the Director of Public Programs.

Essential Position Functions

  • Research and assist with strategic community outreach and targeted promotions aimed at a broad collection of markets and organizations, including schools, churches, singles’ groups, businesses, service organizations, retirement communities, business organizations, etc.
  • Coordinate group sales’ reservations and follow up on payments
  • Coordinate and lead tours of the Hippodrome Theatre rental facilities
  • Assist in creation of rental proposals
  • Create outreach packages for local group leaders
  • Research local businesses to partner with for holiday parties, meetings and special events
  • Maintain group sales and rentals database
  • Schedule and assist the Director of Public Programs at speaking engagements with local groups in order to promote both group sales and rentals by expanding community awareness
  • Assist with theatre-wide intern activities, including, but not limited to: mail-outs, postering, openings, strike, sales campaigns and special events

Skill Requirements

  • Currently studying event management, journalism, public relations, marketing or another related field at an accredited institution; other applicants will be considered if they have comparable skills and drive
  • Flexible, positive, go-getter attitude; evening and weekend hours are sometimes required
  • An enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative personality
  • A commitment to promptness and a proven reliability
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy artistic environment
  • Ability to think on feet and step into unfamiliar roles
  • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research efficiently and accurately
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; a firm grasp on AP Style a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented but able to envision the theatre’s long-term goals
  • Knowledge of Google Drive, Word, Excel; knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and other Adobe programs is a plus
  • Knowledge of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is a plus
  • Brownie points: Knowledge of WordPress and Constant Contact, or similar applications desired

To apply, please submit your résumé and cover letter — outlining your specific events-related experience — to internships@thehipp.org with the subject line “Public Programs Internship – YOUR NAME” by August 1. If you have writing, graphic design, photography or videography experience, please outline that in your cover letter and attach a small portfolio of your work or a link to your website.

NOTE: Qualified applicants may be hired prior to the application deadline, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply quickly so as to secure an interview slot.