Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program



The Summer 2011 interns with The Normal Heart playwright Larry Kramer after a workshop

The Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program at New Dramatists offers a unique opportunity to learn the "ins and outs" of a professional, non-profit arts organization in New York City. As essential members of the New Dramatists team, the interns provide administrative, maintenance, clerical, and creative support, alongside our dedicated staff, in service to our resident playwrights.

In addition to stage managing our playwrights' readings and work sessions, our interns serve as the first face and voice of New Dramatists, staffing our front office and serving as liaisons to the many professionals who seek our resident playwrights’ work. While interns are not hired for a specific department, their professional aspirations, abilities, and interests often guide their experiences.

The Bernard B. Jacobs Internship Program provides crucial early-career training to theatrical professionals and has proven to be a reliable stepping stone to careers within the field—even at New Dramatists. Two of our current staff members previously held internships here: Morgan Allen (Director of Finance & New Media), and Tiffany Kleeman Baran (Associate Director of Development). Several of our current resident and recent alumni playwrights also once held New Dramatists internships, including: David Adjmi, Zakiyyah Alexander, Jason Grote, Deborah Stein, Melisa Tien, and Anne Washburn.

The Perks

An internship with New Dramatists provides great exposure to the playwright’s process, and to the details of non-profit management.

Our interns are invited to all of New Dramatists’ public events and are given access to complimentary tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway productions (when available). Throughout the season, we offer several intern workshops led by our resident playwrights and staff. These workshops focus on the craft of playwriting, issues affecting the industry, careers in the theatre, or topics of interest specifically voiced by the interns. Recent workshops include sessions with Laura Marks, Sarah Hammond, J.T. Rogers, Taylor Mac, Sheila Callaghan, Stefanie Zadravec, and Annie Baker.

Interns are valued members of the New Dramatists team. Interns will learn more about the professional theatre community, forge vital connections, and become more confident in their skills, while experiencing the wide array of opportunities New Dramatists presents.

Qualifications and Expectations

New Dramatists seeks interns at the undergraduate and graduate school levels, as well as recent grads beginning a career in the arts. New Dramatists internships are ideal positions for those studying playwrighting, arts administration, dramaturgy, directing, and stage management.

Self-motivated, enthusiastic individuals excel in such an environment, because an internship at New Dramatists is truly what you make of it.

The most successful candidates will thrive in a fast-paced environment, work well independently, be incredibly organized, have strong written communication and computer skills, be familiar with general office procedures and etiquette, and be hospitable representatives of the organization.

Compensation and Scheduling

Interns are provided with a stipend ($10 per day) and college credit where available. Full-time interns are defined as working 40 hours a week (5 days per week), and part-time interns work a minimum of 24 hours a week (3 days per week).

The regularity of our interns’ schedules is crucial for assigning workshop stage management duties. If accepted as a New Dramatists intern, you must be able to commit to a mutually agreed upon weekly schedule and to the full internship period.

Daily shifts may include:

* A weekday shift (10am-6pm, Monday-Friday);
* An evening shift (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 2pm-10pm); or
* A Saturday shift (11am-4pm).


    * Preference is given to full-time applicants.
    * We strongly prefer that part-time interns work weekday shifts only.
    * The internship period includes a mandatory orientation week at the beginning of the semester.

Examples of Activities

While interns are not assigned solely or guaranteed to work with specific departments, New Dramatists does our best to match our interns’ interests, skills, and goals to projects that best suit them.

Below are some examples of tasks and projects our interns may be assigned to:

* Stage manage readings for writers and alumni—from one-to-two day readings to extended, week-long work sessions;

* Welcoming artists, VIP’s, and the general public to New Dramatists, provide information about our library and resident writers’ work;

* Assist staff as needed with the admissions process;

* Provide administrative assistance to the casting department;

* Support the extended retreat processes in the fall (PlayTime) and spring (Composer-Librettist Studio);

* Work with development staff on special events, research, mailings, and processing donations, including: annual appeal to donors and the Nocturnal Commissions event (fall); help plan and coordinate Annual Spring Luncheon (spring); and assist with annual report preparation (summer);

* Assist in writing and editing monthly bulletins;

* Take and distribute notes for staff meetings; and

* Support the annual audit process.


How to Apply

1) Choose Your Semester

Available semesters include:

Fall: Aug 31 - Dec 23, 2015
Spring: Jan 4 - May 27, 2016
Summer : May 31 - Aug 26, 2016

2) Prepare Your Application

To be considered, your application must include:

1) A completed application form
2) A one-page statement of purpose;
3) A one-page professional resume; and
4) Two recommendation letters.

The application form may be downloaded below.

PLEASE NOTE: Combine all application materials, including reference letters, into a SINGLE PDF FILE. Please name this file “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_InternApp”

3) Send Us Your Application

Applications are accepted via email ONLY. Please combine your complete application materials into a single PDF document to:

New Dramatists prefers that you include your recommendation letters with your applicationPDF file. However, if your recommender wishes, they may send under separate cover to the above email address. Recommendation letters sent separately from the application MUST be received by the deadline.

4) Meet the Deadline

Application deadlines for the 2015-16 season are as follows:.

Fall: July 10, 2015
Spring: October 16, 2015
Summer: March 11, 2016

Applications MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern time, by the above stated deadlines.

Bernard B. Jacobs

This program is named in memory of the late President of the Shubert Organization, who discovered and mentored many talented theatre people-- young and old-- during his lifetime.

Please Note

All application materials MUST be RECEIVED by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the date due.

New Dramatists cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Interviews will be requested as necessary.