Professional Intern Program


The Juilliard School sponsors a Professional Intern Program in technical theater and arts administration. It is a practical “hands-on” experience working directly with technicians and administrators in their respective fields.

Technical Theater internships are offered in Costumes, Electrics, Props, Scene Painting, Sound, Stage Management, Technical Direction.and Wig and Makeup.

Administrative internships are offered in the Drama Division, Orchestra Management, and Vocal Arts.

Benefits of the Program

  • Entering New York City under the auspices of a program that provides the opportunity to gain practical experience while learning and moving about the city.
  • Seminars are held throughout the year with professionals both alumni and non-alumni to hear and discuss working in either technical theater or the arts administration fields.
  • An intern’s performance is monitored, individual meetings are held, and evaluations are given in the fall and spring.
  • An internship is a positive way to find out if a job in theater or arts administration holds your interest and is the career you are seeking.

Things to Consider

  • The Intern Program does not offer a degree.
  • Internships are nine months in length beginning in September and ending in May.
  • Internships are full time – 40 hours per week.
  • Interns’ weekly schedules may vary with their duties and the requirements of the overall production/administrative schedule.
  • Prospective interns should carefully evaluate their individual financial situations when applying to the program.
  • A stipend of $340 per week is offered.
  • Living in New York is expensive.
  • The internships are a full-time commitment. An outside job cannot be relied upon as an income supplement.
  • It is suggested that housing be secured prior to beginning an internship.

What can you expect from this Internship Program?

You can expect to:

  • Develop good habits
  • Refine your interpersonal skills
  • Approach your career realistically
  • Perhaps, reconsider your career choice
  • Live and work in New York City

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, seating 933 with a 60-foot proscenium stage, houses Juilliard's opera and dance productions, concerts, recitals, and special events.

Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater, seating 191, contains a large thrust stage which supports productions ranging from classical Greek to modern avant-garde plays as well as actor presentations, lectures, drama community meetings and special events.

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, Seating 100 and designed with the latest technological advances available for use by all three divisions at Juilliard, the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater was the first new venue added to the School since the opening of the recital hall in 1990 (renamed Morse Recital Hall in 1994). It comprises more than 2,000 square feet of performance space in addition to more than 2,000 square feet of production support space, including a state-of-the art grid, a permanently-installed sound system, a removable dance floor, and video projection capabilities. Juilliard’s new Center for Innovation in the Arts (formerly the Music Technology Center) will also be wired to the Willson Theater, allowing students at Juilliard to make use of the advanced sound capabilities of the theater as departments collaborate to create new work for electronic instruments.

Harold and Mimi Steinberg Drama Studio, seating 70, is a "black box" space which serves as a performance studio for 3rd year drama productions. Technical support is provided on a smaller scale.

Chancie Ferris Booth Memorial Studio is also a "black box" space for opera and workshop productions. Seating and technical support are similar to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Drama Studio.

A Brief Description of the Internships:

Technical Theater

  • Costumes (4)
    This internship allows early career costumers to develop their skills while working with top designers and a professional technical staff. We look for candidates who are willing to jump into a nine month schedule that produces upwards of twenty full scale productions in the disciplines of dance, theater, and opera. We set a high standard of quality and look for interns interested in contributing to the process in this fast paced environment. Collaboration and team bulding are emphasized. Participants will function as design assistants supporting Designers and the Costume Shop with duties including: research, swatching, pulling, sourcing and shopping, rental coordination, calendar management, coordinating and attending fittings, budget management and costume tracking. Costume interns are expected to participate in wardrobe stock maintenance and may run wardrobe crew. They may also get hands-on experience with stitching, alterations, craft work and millinery. Applicants must be self-motivated, responsible and creative. Computer proficiency required including Microsoft Office — Outlook, Excel, Word. One to two years of professional or collegiate Costume experience is expected.  Thearical Costume Design Assistant and sewing experience required.
  • Wig & Makeup (2)
    The Juilliard Wig and Makeup Shop builds and styles custom wigs and facial hair and facilitates specialty makeup looks for over 20-plus opera, dance, and drama productions each season. This internship is for individuals serious about pursuing a professional career in theatrical wigs, hair and makeup. Applicants must have their Cosmetology License or Makeup Accreditation and previous theatrical experience is required.  An ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented and work well under pressure. Intern duties center largely on wig construction, styling and running shows.  Interns participate intensively in every step of the build process from the initial head measurement, all the way through the application and maintenance of the wig during a run. Interns also take a 15 week makeup course and are responsible for executing principal and specialty makeup looks. Other duties include sourcing and shopping for materials, research of period hair and makeup, hairstyling and cutting, shop and stock organization and maintenance.
  • Electrics (3)
    The intern candidate should have a practical knowledge of electrics and a basic understanding of electricity and stagecraft. Many aspects of stage lighting will be experienced including reading and updating light plots and the use of VectorWorks and LightWright for paperwork. The intern will also participate in hanging, focusing, and general maintenance of our inventory and spaces. All interns will act as an Assistant Master Electrician during the season and will have the opportunity to fill the role of Master Electrician. Additionally, assignments will include light board operator and spotlight operator. This internship will also incorporate aspects of video support for productions by working with the Staff Electrician. Preferred background: Experience working in a theatrical atmosphere, computer literacy and awareness of current lighting consoles and equipment is ideal.
  • Props (2)
    An active shop which needs committed individuals. The work encompasses many facets of prop design, procurement and construction. Interns will complete carpentry, soft goods, sculpture, assemblage, and graphics projects as well as interpret designs through research and shopping in and around N.Y.C. and beyond. Budgeting, bookkeeping, and management skills will be addressed, as will interdepartmental communications and cooperation. Other duties include assisting with the maintenance of our exquisite prop inventory along with running crew assignments. Applicants should be familiar with basic shop tools and a little curious. Opportunities abound to develop skills in multiple crafts areas.
  • Scene Painting (2)
    The interns in the Scenic Art Department work on all productions under the supervision of the Charge Artist and Assistant Charge Artist.  While working on roughly two dozen productions of differing sizes over the course of the year, interns will learn sample processes, layout and typical scenic techniques. This includes hard scenery, textures, soft goods and drops, faux finishes and some sculpting. The responsibilities of interns also include day to day shop maintenance and completing independent drawing and painting projects in order to hone their skills. Safety training and portfolio development will also be addressed. All applicants must show examples of their practical scene painting experience and drawing abilities with a portfolio and should be self-motivated individuals who pride themselves on cooperation and quality work.
  • Sound (1)
    The Sound Intern assists in the Juilliard Recording Studio with the creation of sound tracks and effects, and performance recording of the music for major Opera, Drama, and Dance productions.  It also includes the recording of orchestra concerts, faculty recitals, and other special events.
  • Stage Management (9)
    Starting with pre-production meetings, then on through rehearsals and into performance, Stage Management interns assist Production Stage Managers on opera, drama, and dance productions. Stage Management intern assignments might also include the opportunity to stage manage second-year drama projects. The work requires great organizational skills and close contact with students, directors, and choreographers. It is essential that the intern be able to interact with a wide variety of personalities and adapt to various working styles. This includes being able to receive evaluations of his/her work. Additionally, the intern must stay focused, take initiative, and maintain a professional demeanor in the work place. Rehearsals occur late afternoons and evenings. This is not a 9 to 5 position. Promptness is mandatory. Tardiness is not tolerated. Applicants must possess strong writing and computer skills. There is an emphasis on producing quality paper work. The ability to read music is desirable and prior stage management experience is required.
  • Technical Direction (1)
    The Technical Direction internship is designed for the young professional who is looking to pursue a management role in the implementation of Drama, Opera, and Dance Productions. The internship will focus on Technical Design through computer aided drafting (CAD), labor and material estimation, analysis of structural and aesthetic requirements for construction, and safe practices for scenery creation, installation and strike. The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree and/or equivalent professional experience in technical production. By the end of the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to fully manage a small scale production from estimation through strike.

Arts Administration

  • Arts Marketing (1)
    The Arts Marketing Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing for Juilliard Global Ventures, a mission-driven department of the school focused on expanding worldwide access to Juilliard educational opportunities.  This internship involves copywriting, brainstorming, and information-wrangling, mostly for social media audiences.  Responsibilities include writing social media posts and blog articles, obtaining approvals and scheduling communications, monitoring social media accounts, and working on special projects and contests.  Familiarity with Facebook and Twitter, a strong understanding of grammar, knowledge of dance, music, and drama, and the ability to quickly learn new computer programs are required.  The following skills are nice to have:  Mandarin-language and simplified Chinese writing skills, familiarity with The Juilliard School faculty and students, ability to parse data for actionable information, and Photoshop/Illustrator skills.  Throughout the year, this internship will provide a fast-paced window into the world of digital marketing strategy.  An additional writing sample may be required.
  • Drama Division (1)
    The Drama Division Intern will directly assist the Administrative Director and all members of the Drama Division staff in the daily administrative and production operations associated with the division's professional actor training program and the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.  There is a high volume of interaction with faculty, students, alumni, guest artists, donors, prospective students and many administrative staff of the school - diplomacy, discretion, an enthusiastic, curious, and positive individual who is eager to immerse his/her self  in the wide range of opportunities that exist for observation and experience.  The ability to multi-task, work in a busy and high pressure environment and work as a member of a team are essential to the position. Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook is extremely helpful in addition to experience working the social media applications.  A strong interest in arts administration and background in theater preferred..
  • Orchestra Management (1)
    The Orchestra Management Intern will work closely with members of the orchestral administration in managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Juilliard Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Lab Orchestra, and Repertory Class.  Throughout the year, the Intern will have exposure to key elements of orchestra management, including personnel management, orchestra auditions, orchestra library, concert production, and artist management.  The Intern communicates regularly with Juilliard students, faculty, guest conductors, and other administrative departments throughout Juilliard.  A professional demeanor, strong computer and communication skills, an ability to juggle multiple projects, and a thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire is essential.  Experience as an orchestral musician is a plus.
  • Vocal Arts (1)
    The Vocal Arts intern will directly assist the Administrative Director and all members of the Vocal Arts staff in the daily administrative and production operations with the division’s vocal training program. The intern will interact with students, faculty, guest artists, directors, conductors and designers throughout the year — discretion, tact and excellent communication skills are required. The Vocal Arts intern should be enthusiastic, open-minded, curious, and eager to take on new projects and initiatives. Extreme organization and the ability to multitask are essential to the success of the intern. Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook would be extremely helpful in addition to a strong interest in arts administration. A working knowledge of opera, music, stage management, or theater is a plus.

Academic Credit
Interns seeking academic credit for their participation in the Intern Program must do so through their sponsoring institution.

International Applicants
International applicants may apply to The Juilliard School Professional Intern Program. However, if an international applicant is accepted, he/she must obtain a J-1 visa through a visa sponsoring organization.  The Juilliard School does not provide this service.

Application Procedure
To apply to The Juilliard School Professional Intern Program each candidate must submit the following items together in one package.

  1. A completed application form. You may download a PDF version of the Intern Application Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
  2. A $15.00 non-refundable application fee (check or money order made payable to The Juilliard School).
  3. A current resume including educational experience plus an ID snapshot or photo.
  4. Three (3) letters of reference.
  5. A personal statement of at least 250 words describing the candidate's expectations of the Internship Program and how it relates to his or her individual career goals.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Deadline is May 1, with notification of acceptance by the end of May.

The Juilliard School is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and working environment. Therefore, internships at Juilliard are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Send Application to:
Helen Taynton, Director
Professional Intern Program
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

You can contact Ms. Taynton by mail at the above address; by telephone at (212) 799-5000, ext. 7102, or by email: htaynton@juilliard.edu if you have any questions.

The Admissions Office provides tours Monday-Friday at 11:45 a.m. during the school year and Monday-Thursday during the summer. Reservations are necessary a month in advance. This can be done through our online tour calendar.

Health Insurance
All interns accepted into the program are covered by a limited health insurance program through BCS Insurance Company. The program has been developed especially for Juilliard students and interns to provide access to consistent, quality care that complements the health services offered on campus. The plan is comprised of two layers: a Base Plan in which all interns are automatically enrolled and a Supplemental Plan in which all interns are automatically enrolled but can decline by providing proof of other coverage valid in the New York City area. There is also a Health Services Fee which is mandatory for all interns and cannot be waived regardless of coverage. For the 2014-2015 academic year, all interns were charged a $200 Health Services Fee as well as $1,0128 for the Supplemental Health Insurance. The insurance coverage period: 9/1/2014 - 9/1/2015. Costs for the 2015-2016 academic year are to be determined.

What Happens After the Internship?

The Intern Program has over 700 alumni. Many have continued their careers in New York City. Alumni are presently working in either a technical or administrative capacity at the Metropolitan Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, Cambridge in America, and on numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. There are alumni who have decided to change their direction. Among them, you will also find a lawyer, doctor, architect, urban planner, business owner, preservationist, director, assistant film director, playwright, conductor, facilities manager, technical theater consultant, and teacher.

Alumni maintain a strong connection to the program. Those residing in the tristate area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) participate in our monthly meetings and offer guidance and support to interns who are just beginning their careers. In some instances, they have provided job opportunities. Throughout the United States and abroad, alumni have stayed connected and provide a tangible contact and support for the program.


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