THE ORCHARD PROJECT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Orchard Project works with 2-4 interns at any given time, who assist in all aspects of theater administration, artistic planning, as well as participating in development and fundraising. These positions are extremely hands-on, working closely with staff and the over 1000+ artists who make up our extended community.
Our intern positions offer an opportunity to learn about non-profit theater and experience first-hand the day to day activities of a successful and established non-profit arts organization at the cutting edge of new work.
Intern candidates should have: good organizational skills; some office experience; interest and experience working with youth; basic word processing and computer skills; a desire to hang out with kids.
OP internships generally require a minimum of 15 hours per week time commitment. Interns form a core of support in all areas of the company's operations, gaining experience in their chosen department while receiving a weekly stipend of $50, a monthly NYC metrocard, mentorship seminars with senior staff, and free or reduced priced registration for OP Intensive Classes. Our internship program offers the opportunity to develop practical skills while creating relationships with artists and administrators not only at our organization, but with the many artists and other organizations we interface with on a regular basis.
We are happy to consider interns from places other than New York City who are willing and able to conquer the logistical details of getting here and staying here. We are unfortunately not equipped to help our interns with any of the difficult aspects of moving to New York. Interns are required to find their own housing, and be able to support themselves during their stay. These details must be arranged, or clearly in the process of being arranged, before we accept any intern.
AREAS OF PARTICIPATION
(please note, interns will not choose only one area of interest, but will gain experience in all three of the below):
- ARTISTIC – Interns assist with in-house readings, planning, script reading, and correspondence with artists. They attend readings and productions in New York City, as well as meetings of the Orchard Project’s new NYC Greenhouse, a group of creative artists meeting monthly to create original work.
- DEVELOPMENT – Interns learn about all aspects of the fundraising process including prospect research, donor cultivation, proposal writing, and stewardship. Tasks include assisting with event planning, reviewing daily and weekly publications for prospects, providing ticketing assistance to patrons, writing acknowledgement letters, and other projects as they arise.
- EDUCATION – Interns assist the staff of the OP Education programs on short term planning and administration, current student and alumni relations and advocacy, and marketing both the Orchard Project’s Core Company program (summer) and its year round Intensives.
CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS AND BENEFITS
Candidates must be well-organized, proactive, detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal), be able to prioritize, and multitask. Proficiency in Google Docs (Docs & Sheets) is important. Interns should demonstrate a strong interest in non-profit theater and new play development.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in an internship, please send a cover letter answering the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you find out about the OP internship program?
Why are you interested in The Orchard Project?
What unique set of experiences, talents, and passions would you bring to an internship at the Orchard Project?
How would you benefit from an internship with us in view of your short and long term educational and professional goals?
Include with this letter a current resumé. If you are alum of the OP Core Company programs, you are all set. If not, please send the names and phone numbers of three references (or letters of reference if you prefer). At least one should be work-related.
Please email your cover letter and resumé to us at email@example.com.
What is the time commitment?
Orchard Project interns work between of 15-20 hours per week on a flexible schedule of their chosing. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, and the internship hours should fall within those dates and times. We will work with each intern to create a weekly schedule that works best for them, understanding that they might have other obligations and pursuits outside of the OP. Weekly group meetings will likely take place on Monday or Tuesday mornings. Our offices are on 42nd Street in NYC (330 West 42nd Street). An internship typically spans between 10-14 weeks.
At what times of year do you have interns?
While the Orchard Project's office operates year round, we are only looking for Fall and Spring interns. In the summer, our focus on upstate at the Orchard Project's professional program in Saratoga Springs.
Do you offer any supplementary educational opportunities to your interns?
We offer complimentary tickets to shows by Orchard Project alums and peer theater companies. Due to the highly intimate nature of our office, we will hold ongoing meetings with mentors from across the organization.
Do you offer monetary, housing, and/or travel compensation?
We offer a $50/week stipend and a month metrocard.
When can I apply for an internship?
Applications are accepted from rising college sophomores through early career professionals, as well as graduate students.
Do I need to have previous administrative experience to apply?
While some previous administrative experience is helpful it is not required.
What application materials do you expect to receive?
We expect to receive a cover letter, resume, and completed application which can be found here. Please send as a Word or PDF attachment and not a Google Drive link.
Do you prefer mailed or emailed applications?
We preferred emailed applications. (See additional instructions above.)
Are there opportunities for advancement within the organization?
We do not guarantee employment at the organization following an internship. As we know from past Core Company members, those who work with us have gone on to receive offers for assistant positions, internships or entry-level positions at other theaters or art-related businesses.
What type of office is it?
The office is an informal, business casual, creative environment. We have a small office in a great large office suite with other film and theatre companies.