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Apprentice Program Overview

The Juilliard School recruits a talented group of people to the Professional Apprentice Program in Technical Theater and Arts Administration each academic year (August – May). Apprentices are immersed in a practical, hands-on experience working with professional technicians, artists, and administrators in their respective fields. If you would enjoy working with a group of diverse and talented faculty and staff in a vibrant and welcoming community, please consider applying for one of our open positions. Juilliard has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's administration and faculty.

About the Program

Benefits of the Program

  • Gain practical hand-on experience working with professional technicians, artists, and administrators in their respective fields.
  • Opportunity to cultivate relationships and network with others in their chosen field and beyond.
  • Develop time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Gain strategies and skills as well as determining appropriate areas for growth and future goals.

Things to Consider

  • This Program does not offer a degree or certificate.
  • Generally, the apprenticeship begins in August and ends in May.
  • Apprentices’ weekly schedules will vary with their duties and the requirements of the overall production and administrative schedule.
  • Due to the varying schedules, an outside job cannot be relied upon as an income supplement when working as a full-time apprentice.
  • It is suggested that housing be secured prior to beginning this apprenticeship.

What Can You Expect?

  • This apprenticeship offers both part-time and full-time opportunities. Please read each role description for more information.  
  • Seminars and workshops held throughout the year with both alumni and non-alumni professionals to expand upon career goals and practical experience.
  • Apprentices may work a 20 hour part-time or 40 hour full-time per week and receive compensation paid bi-weekly at $15.00 per hour.
  • Overtime wages are paid in the forty-first hour of work in a given week at a rate of one and one-half times the hourly rate of $15.00 or $22.50 per hour.

Apprenticeships Available

The apprentice will take part in an intensive hands-on experience, participating in a variety of roles. From the daily administrative activities to production operations, they will develop and expand on their skillsets in a safe environment in which they may also pursue their own interests and career goals.

Below are apprenticeships that will be a part of the 2021-22 season.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Dance Division

Administration & Operations
This is a part-time position. The apprentice supports the operational needs of the Division on a daily basis, including morning studio checks before classes begin, assisting students and faculty with a variety of needs, coordinating ad hoc projects for the Division, and assisting with events and activities throughout the year.


Rehearsal Assistant
This is a part-time position. The apprentice will assist in managing studio rehearsals, acting as a liaison between the choreographers, students, and Dance staff for major and minor performances throughout the year. This role is ideal for dancers looking to gain experience as a rehearsal director or choreographer’s assistant.

Drama Division

This is a full-time position. The apprentice will assist the Administrative Director and 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.

Orchestral Studies

Orchestra Management
This is a full-time position. The apprentice will assist in managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of Juilliard’s orchestral and contemporary music ensembles, orchestral repertory classes, and interdisciplinary projects. The apprentice will have exposure to key elements of orchestral administration, including personnel management, orchestra auditions, concert production, artist services, orchestra library, and program assessment.

Historical Performance

The apprentice will be immersed in all aspects of the HP program, including scheduling, artist services, space allocation, production, ensemble management and operations, and day-to-day office functions. This is a part time position.

Ellen & James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts

The apprentice will assist the Vocal Arts Staff in the daily administrative operations and performance activities associated with the department. Tasks are tailored to Department’s needs as well as the apprentice’s interests and career goals. Experiences have included: recital and concert planning, audition facilitation, communications, scheduling for the arts, community-building projects, and more.

Preparatory Division

Ensemble Management
The apprentice will assist in managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Pre-College and Music Advancement Program. The apprentice will have exposure to key elements of Ensemble Management, including concert production and artist management. This is a part time position.

Enrollment Management & Student Development

Community Engagement, Administration
The apprentice will assist the Office of Community Engagement Staff in the daily administrative and operations associated with the office. The apprentice assists in the administration and coordination of the Community Engagement Fellowships and Co-curricular Programming.


Career Services and Entrepreneurship, Administration
The apprentice will work closely with the Director, Assistant Director, and Administrative Associate with all programs and services that address the needs of students and alumni related to career development and entrepreneurship, as well as coordinating multiple aspects of the Hire Juilliard Performers Program.

Special Events

The apprentice will work closely with the Special Events Staff to provide a key role in event development and logistical support. This may include event ideation, venue research, virtual event platform facilitation, coordinating/collaborating with internal partners, designing and managing invitations, RSVPs, event timelines, catering, and other administrative duties as assigned. The apprentice may have the opportunity to serve as the primary project manager for select events.

Stage Management

Dance | Drama | Vocal Arts | Events
The apprentice will assist with the stage management responsibilities of showings and productions throughout the School. The apprentice will serve as a Production Stage Manager, Calling Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager. They will also have the opportunity to work with Production Shops, Special Events, and the Concert Office. 


Costume Design Assistant
The apprentice will work one on one with professional Costume Designers and the  Costume Shop Staff. Duties will include: research, swatching, pulling, sourcing and shopping, rental coordination, calendar management, coordinating and attending fittings, budget management and costume tracking.


The apprentice will act as an assistant master electrician during the season, and will have the opportunity to fill the role of master electrician. The apprentice will participate in hanging, focusing, and general maintenance of the Electric Shop’s inventory and spaces. Assignments may also include light board and spotlight operator.


Props Artisan
Working with props will encompass many facets of prop design, procurement, and construction. The apprentice will complete carpentry, soft goods, sculpture, assemblage, and graphics projects as well as interpret designs through research and shopping in and around New York City and beyond.


Scenic Painting
The apprentice will work on all productions under the supervision of the Charge and Assistant Charge Artist. The apprentice will learn sample processes, layout, and typical scenic techniques. This includes hard scenery, textures, soft goods and drops, faux finishes, and some sculpting.


Technical Direction
This apprenticeship is for those who are looking to pursue a management role in the implementation of theatrical productions. The apprentice will focus on computer aided drafting (CAD), labor and material estimation, analysis of structural and aesthetic requirements for construction, rigging, shop management, installation, and strike.


Wigs & Makeup Technician
This apprenticeship is for individuals serious about pursuing a professional career in theatrical wigs, hair, and makeup. Apprentice duties center on wig constructions, styling and running shows. The apprentice will participate in every step of the build process, from the initial head measurement through maintenance of the wig during a run. 

How to Apply

Application Procedure

The Application Process now closed. Applications for the 2022-23 Season will be available on April 1, 2022.

You can prepare now to gather the materials you will need for your application.

Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating which role you are interested in describing your expectations of the program and how it relates to your career goals.

We are committed to everyone’s health and safety, so the practice of inviting our applicants to the building for an interview or a tour has been suspended for the time being. While we are disappointed that we cannot meet you in person, we invite you to watch our recorded virtual tour.

Interview Materials:

Three (3) reference letters will be asked for during the interview process.

Application Deadline

Deadline for the 2022-23 Season will be due on May 15, 2022.

The interview process for the 2021-22 is in process and offers will be made during the month of June.

Please direct any further questions to: [email protected].

International Applicants

The Juilliard School does not sponsor visas for the Apprentice program, nor do we consider applicants with J-1 sponsorship (J-1 intern, trainee, short-term scholar etc.) from third-party cultural exchange providers. At this time, the Juilliard School Professional Apprentice Program will only consider international applicants who work in the U.S. with an Employment Authorization Card. Examples of such visa categories include international applicants who have received an Employment Authorization Card as an F-1 student on O.P.T., a J-2 spouse, or an Adjustment of Status applicant. Please note that if you are applying through O.P.T., you can only work in the fields directly related to your degree program. We recommend that you speak with your international student advisor for guidance on whether or not the Professional Apprentice Program is appropriate for practical training in your field of study.

Should you have any questions about your eligibility based on visa status, please contact the Juilliard Office of International Advisement at (212) 799-5000, ext. 358, or [email protected].


The Juilliard Professional Apprentice Program has been an integral part of the Juilliard School for over 40 years. Participants have come from 45 states and the District of Columbia. Internationally, they have come from 26 countries. There are over 900 alumni of the program.

In 1977, The Internship in Production for the Performing Arts was created as a way to enlarge the Production Staff while providing young people with professional experience and a platform from which to launch their careers. The program was retitled The Juilliard School Stage Department Intern Fellowships in 1979, with fellowships offered in Scenic, Lighting and Costume Design. Other internships included: Properties, Stage Management, Production Management, Publicity, Graphics and Photography. By 1982, the Program was no longer design-oriented but instead focused on all aspects of technical theater. Its name changed again to The Juilliard School Professional Production Internships. Two Arts Administration Internships were introduced in 1991 and the name changed to The Juilliard School Professional Internship Program.

The program has grown enormously over the last few years.  Transformed into the Juilliard Professional Apprentice Program in 2016, the program offers administration, assistant design, orchestra management, stage management and technical theater apprenticeships for individuals who demonstrate a strong desire and potential for their chosen career path.

After Juilliard

The Professional Apprentice Program has more than 800 alumni. Today there are alumni all over the world actively involved in the arts, setting a standard of excellence and sharing their knowledge and passion. Many have continued their careers in New York City, working at the Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Ballet Theater, Cambridge in America, and numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Many have also come back to work for Juilliard as administrators or as theater technicians and designers.

There are alumni who have decided to change their career path. Among them, you will find lawyers, doctors, architects, urban planners, business owners, preservationists, assistant film directors, playwrights, conductors, facilities managers, technical theater consultants, and teachers.

There is a strong alumni support system to those just entering their chosen careers and past participants of the program. Many of our alumni have stayed connected to the Program, and of those residing nearby, participate in our workshops and offer guidance and support to apprentices who are just beginning their careers. In some cases, they have even provided connections or job opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are apprentices chosen for the program?
Applicants are selected on the basis of a resume, cover letter and interview. More often than not, there will be more than one interview. The first interview will be with the hiring manager, while the second interview will be with the rest of the office or shop you are interviewing with.  The Program Director will be in touch with you every step of the way.

Can applicants apply for more than one apprentice track?
Yes. Please state clearly in your cover letter which apprenticeships you are interested in.

When will you require reference letters?
We will ask for references during the interview process.

Is travel reimbursement available?
Not at this time.

Is there housing available?
Not at this time. It is recommended that the apprentice obtain housing before their contract begins.

Are there any summer apprenticeships available?
The Program does not offer any summer apprentices ships at this time.

What is the preferred length for a resume?
Our hiring teams prefer a 1-page resume.

Can I decide whether or not I would like to work part-time or full-time for my apprenticeship?
We do not offer a choice to the candidate in whether or not a role is part-time or full-time.  This is decided by the participating office or shop and is dependent on the needs for a given year. Please take a look at each role description to find out if that role is either part-time or full-time.