Internships provide an excellent way to experience first-hand the workings of a professional theatre and to distinguish one's credentials. Most internships are "low-paid" or "no-paid," though in most cases academic credit can be arranged. Summer internships are especially recommended (financial circumstances allowing). Of particular merit are long-standing organizations of recognizable standing in the profession (Williamstown, Utah-and other-Shakespeare Festivals, etc.; also the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and others.) Deadlines for these internships are usually in January or February before the summer in question. Students interested in such opportunities should regularly check the board in the conference room, and also regularly read the listings found under "Career Development" in the bi-weekly placement publication "ARTSearch" (found on the periodicals rack).
In some compelling instances, an internship may be planned during the academic year for academic credit. This would normally occupy one semester of time and would need to be planned with your advisor and in consultation with the Registrar's Office. Early planning in such cases is absolutely essential, as internships of this type need to be closely coordinated with the rest of the student's academic coursework.