Basie Internships

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Internship Program Mission Statement

The Count Basie Center for the Arts is committed to supporting a diverse group of emerging entertainment, artistic, and non-profit professionals. The Basie Internship & Apprenticeship Program has been designed to foster the next generation of dynamic artistic and non-profit professionals through career development and experiential learning. This program is open to students and recent graduates. The Basie is committed to creating a program that will support our mission to inspire, educate and entertain while simultaneously providing interns with the experience they need to actualize their personal professional goals.
Collaborate with the team and bring your creativity to the table!
Gain industry knowledge and support the work of enriching the community.
Connect with a mentor for continuous support and feedback.
Build marketable skills for future employment opportunities in the arts/entertainment industry and non-profit management.

Application Deadlines:

For fall, August 1
For spring, February 1
For summer, June 1

Apprentice: High School Student

Opportunities Available:

Education Administration
Education Production
Community Theatre Production


INTERNSHIP AND APPRENTICESHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Arts Administration Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Arts Administration Interns will learn the nuts and bolts of running a presenting venue — from curating shows and marketing them to understanding the business of the concert and theater business. They will learn how to promote concerts, fundraise, and manage all aspects of a non-profit organization from a strategic and financial standpoint. Additionally, interns’ relationships with their mentor ensure that they are not only gaining valuable skills but also receiving continuous support and feedback. This position has no set daily routine, as the position yields a wide variety of requests as they come up. Reports to the Chief Executive Officer & President.

Time: 1-3 days/week; flexible hours

Requirements:

  • Currently attending college pursuing a business/non-profit/arts administration degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Able to take direction
  • Interest in non-profit work

Possible Tasks/Duties:

  • Shadow CEO & President during weekly meetings with other departments
  • Assist with board packet preparation for meetings
  • Prepare agendas and schedules for meetings
  • Spend time working with each department at the Basie to get an overview of the organization
  • Research projects
  • Attend company meetings and events and help with general event duties

APPLICATION FORM

Education Administration

• Opportunities available for high school and college students

Description: Education Administration Interns and Apprentices report to the Senior Director of Education and Outreach. Students will assist an active performing arts department as we strive to provide impactful theatre, dance, music, visual art, and film programming to our community. Students will work across all facets of the Education Department, which includes the School of Performing Arts, the School of Music, and Community Outreach Programs.

Time: 1-3 days/week; max 20 hours per week. *Schedules vary on time of year

Requirements:

  • Organizational skills
  • Interested in making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn new things
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working with kids ages 3-17 and teaching in a classroom environment (preferred)

Tasks/Duties will vary day-to-day, but may include the following:

  • Assist education department team with prepping class, professional development, and program materials
  • Assist with database management, data collection, and contact management
  • Act as a teaching assistant to teaching artists in select classes (as appropriate)
  • Work with the education team on research and programmatic projects
  • Assist the Education Program Coordinator with the beginning of semester registration
    • Creating Attendance sheets
    • Setting up classrooms and private lesson rooms
  • Help organize and host our monthly recitals and All School recitals during the Fall & Spring semesters
  • Help organize and lead other seasonal performances like Sounds of the Season, Red Bank Tree Lighting, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

APPLICATION FORM

Education Production

• Opportunities available for high school and college students

Description: Education Production Interns and Apprentices report to the Education Program Manager. Students will primarily assist the Student Production staff as we strive to provide impactful theatre performances and experiences for the youth in our community. Interns will work across all facets of the productions.

Time: 3-5 days/week; max 35 hours per week; hours may vary during production week, including weekends. *Schedules vary on time of year

Requirements:

  • Organizational skills
  • Interested in making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Interest in any of the following areas: Direction, Choreography, Costume Design, Stage Management, and Company Management
  • Willing to learn new skills and work as a team player
  • Experience working with kids ages 3-17 and teaching in a classroom environment (preferred)

Tasks/Duties:
Direction

  • Assist director with recording blocking, developing characters with the actors, and potentially staging/reviewing scenes
  • Lead a 10-minute activity on character building or improv for every rehearsal
  • Communicate with the stage management interns about the technical needs of production
  • Aid with backstage or tech positions during the performance
  • Help students record their own blocking

Stage Management

  • Record all blocking during rehearsals
  • Communicate blocking to students who miss rehearsal
  • Create a prop list
  • Keep time and allow for appropriate breaks
  • Aid with backstage or tech positions during the performance
  • Run music for rehearsals

Choreography

  • Learn all choreography for the productions
  • Create movement for certain numbers in the show
  • Record all spacing configurations, and stand in for missing actors, when necessary
  • Lead a 10-minute physical warm-up for each rehearsal
  • Run and clean choreography

Company Management

  • Take attendance and help students get organized and settled each rehearsal
  • Wipe down all bins at the end of rehearsals
  • Lead an activity during snack
  • Assist with gathering and organizing the playbill information, such as ads, cast information, logo, etc.
  • Organize projections for tech and final performances

APPLICATION FORM

Development and Fundraising Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Development and Fundraising Interns will report to the Senior Director of Development and primarily have an interest in development, fundraising, and relationship-building with patrons. Interns will have the opportunity to shadow the day-to-day operations of the development department.

Time: 1-3 days/week; flexible hours

Requirements:

  • Currently attending college pursuing a business/non-profit degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Able to take direction
  • An interest in development, fundraising, and relationship-building with patrons

Tasks/Duties:

  • Organize the donor database
  • Assist with planning special events, including annual galas and fundraising celebrations
  • Assemble VIP packages and organize guest list and help with event registration
  • Communicate with patrons and supporters, STAR members, Cinema Society members
  • Assist with membership support via letters, emails, and phone calls
  • Assist with engaging potential new members and audience/supporters

APPLICATION FORM

Marketing Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Marketing Interns will report to the Marketing Director, and primarily have an interest in marketing, PR, photography, videography, and creativity. This person would have the opportunity to shadow the day-to-day operations of the marketing department, develop marketing plans and strategies, proofread essential marketing collateral, learn the inner workings of a great social media campaign, maintain data collection and analytics, and brainstorm with the creative team.

Time: 1-3 days/week; flexible hours

Requirements:

  • Currently attending college pursuing a marketing/communications degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Able to take direction
  • An interest in marketing, communications, graphic design, public relations, photography and/or videography

Tasks/Duties:

  • Shadow the marketing staff; learning the day-to-day operations of the department
  • Proofread/edit, marketing collateral which includes the Basie Center’s website, Showtime (quarterly playbill), calendar of events, social posts, event signage etc.
  • Website cleanup – discover areas for improvement in the website user flow experience, proofread/edit, highlight any outdated information, inconsistencies etc.
  • Take photos or videos of education classes, performances or events going on at the center
  • Learn to develop a marketing plan for an artist event – from researching the artist to understanding the buyer/demographics, developing strategies and social campaigns all while staying within a budget
  • Research of competitor/cross-category social media trends and content
  • Assist in database clean up and email management
  • File, print, scan, and organize marketing records as needed

APPLICATION FORM

Operations Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Operations Interns will learn the responsibilities and challenges of managing multiple theatre venues, which includes the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre and The Vogel. Interns will work under the supervision of the Operations team. The ideal candidates are interested in a career in theatre administration.

Time: 1-3 days/week; flexible hours

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Able to take direction
  • An interest in working with potential rentals and artists

Tasks/Duties:

  • Assist with rental coordination and space rental duties including phone calls, emails, space tours, and calendar management
  • Shadow communications, scheduling, and contracting with potential artists and rentals
  • Learn the process of submitting an offer sheet; review, annotate, and edit an artist/rental contract; advance a show
  • Build a show in current ticketing software

APPLICATION FORM

Front of House (FOH) Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: FOH Interns will learn and enforce all Front of House duties and policies during scheduled performances, and assist with any special events, VIP events, or Meet & Greets, both pre-show and post-show. The intern will also observe House Management’s interactions with patrons (when offering assistance, during disputes, or during medical emergencies).

Time:
Fall (Sept to Dec) – 2-3 days a week, preferably Thurs-Sat during shows (usually the busiest nights of the week)
Spring (Feb – May) – 2-3 days a week, preferably Thurs-Sat during shows (usually the busiest nights of the week)

Requirements:

  • Organizational skills
  • Interested in making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn new things
  • Attention to detail

Tasks/Duties:

  • Create staff scheduling information that details assignments, positions, and duties for ushers
  • Assist with selling merchandise when needed and settling out at the end of the night
  • Learn how to collect and input information for end-of-night show reports
  • Participate in any Front of House professional development (CPR Training, Active Shooter training, Fire Drills, etc.)
  • Cataloging & ordering FOH supplies (First Aid Kit supplies, earplugs, masks, batteries, etc.)
  • Create Google Forms for monthly usher availability
  • Assist in crafting staff emails for VIP events & sending out monthly usher schedules

APPLICATION FORM

Technical Theatre Internship

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Technical Interns will gain technical and hands-on experience in multiple areas, as defined in the ‘tasks/duties’ list below, for all Count Basie Center for the Arts performance venues.

Time: Flexible hours; late nights/early mornings possible

Requirements:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn
  • Previous experience with technical theatre

Tasks/Duties:

  • Audio Engineering
  • Lighting Design and Light Board Operation
  • Deck Crew
  • Spot Operators
  • Load-in/Load-out
  • Carpentry
  • Wardrobe Assistance
  • Production Assistance
  • Runners
  • Catering
  • Video and Projection
  • Assist Broadway Tours
  • Automation

APPLICATION FORM

Community Theatre Arts Administration

• Opportunities available for college and post-grad students

Description: Community Theatre Arts Administration Interns will learn the nuts and bolts of running a producing organization — from selecting shows, marketing them, patron and volunteer development, theatrical team management, and general operations with the goal of understanding the business of theatrical production. They will learn how to promote theatre, fundraise, and manage all aspects of a non-profit organization from a strategic and financial standpoint. Additionally, interns’ relationships with their mentor ensure that they are not only gaining valuable skills but also receiving continuous support and feedback. This position has no set daily routine, as the intern fields a wide variety of requests as they come up. Reports to the Producing Artistic Director.

Time: 1-3 days/week; max 20 hours per week. *Schedules vary on time of year

Requirements:

  • Organizational skills
  • Interested in making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn new things
  • Attention to detail

Tasks/Duties will vary day-to-day, but may include the following:

  • Shadow Producing Artistic Director during weekly meetings
  • Help prepare for bi-monthly operations meetings
  • Attend performances with Producing Artistic Director where board members, donors, patrons, and volunteers are in attendance
  • Spend time working with each department at Phoenix/The Basie to get an overview of the organization
  • Research projects
  • Attend weekly production meetings for the production season
  • Attend occasional events and help with general event duties

APPLICATION FORM

Community Theatre Production

• Opportunities available for high school and college students

Description: Community Theatre Production Interns and Apprentices report to the Producing Artistic Director. The student will assist the Production Team as we strive to provide impactful theatre performances and experiences for and by the community. The student will work across all facets of the productions.

Time: 3-5 days/week; max 20 hours per week; hours may vary during production week, including weekends. *Schedules vary on time of year

Requirements:

  • Organizational skills
  • Interested in making a difference in the community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Interest in any of the following areas: Direction, Choreography, Costume Design, Stage Management, and Company Management
  • Willing to learn new skills and work as a team player
  • Experience working with kids ages 3-17 and teaching in a classroom environment (preferred)

Tasks/Duties:

Directing

  • Assist the director with recording blocking, developing characters with the actors, and potentially staging/reviewing scenes
  • Lead a 10-minute activity on character building or improv for some rehearsals
  • Communicate with the stage management interns about the technical needs of production
  • Aid with backstage or tech positions during the performance
  • Help students record their own blocking

Stage Management

  • Record all blocking during rehearsals
  • Assist Production Stage Manager with creation and updates to the Daily Call and Rehearsal Reports
  • Communicate blocking to students who miss rehearsal
  • Work with department heads to communicate notes from the rehearsal
  • Keep time and allow for appropriate breaks
  • Aid with backstage or tech positions during the performance
  • Run music for rehearsals if needed

Choreography

  • Learn all choreography for the productions
  • Assist the Choreographer to create movement for certain numbers in the show
  • Record all spacing configurations, and stand in for missing actors, when necessary
  • Lead a 10-minute physical warm-up for each rehearsal
  • Run and clean choreography

Design and Production

  • Attend weekly production meetings
  • Organize and understand all drawings and build schedules provided by the designer and Technical Director
  • Attend all build/paint work calls – assist Technical Director in monitoring projects assigned to volunteers
  • Work with Technical Director or Props Master on projects as assigned
  • Work with Costume Designer as applicable
  • Assist with shop(s) organization and maintenance

APPLICATION FORM