Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers challenging and comprehensive internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students who are interested in gaining experience in the arts and business/arts administration fields. The Center provides audiences with affordable access to unparalleled artists, diverse and inclusive programs, relevant and cutting-edge experiences, and performances from around the globe. Internships are on a volunteer basis and can be coordinated with staff to aid in receiving academic credit.


How to Apply

  1. Review the list of internships offered. (Note: The following list of openings are indicative of the kinds of internships available; however, internships offered each semester are based upon the organization’s need.) Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.
  2. Provide:
    – Resume
    – Two references (one academic and one professional—contact information only, no letters)
    – Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.
  3. Complete the online application found here.

FALL Internships (August-December)

  • Applications Open: mid-May
  • Application Deadline: August 30

SPRING Internships (January-May)

  • Applications Open: mid-October
  • Application Deadline: November 30

SUMMER Internships (June-August/September)

  • Applications Open: mid-March
  • Application Deadline: April 30
    (NOTE: Late applicants will not be considered.)

Internships Available:

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Production Intern

Seeking graduate or undergraduate student majoring in theater, theater production, and/or arts management.

Job Description

Learn the daily operations of a production department functioning in a presenting organization. Learn to properly advance a show, including guest artist production schedules, technical needs, and acquisition of any backline and/or other equipment needs for production. Learn how to translate all information into effective communication to the production departments for proper execution of shows.

  • The internship will begin with the basic education of normal operations of the production department, including paperwork.
  • Intern will shadow various departments on shows to gather real world knowledge of how each department performs its duties. The intern will primarily shadow the production manager and observe how to communicate with artists and crew to create advance.
  • Intern will be assigned shows to advance on their own, produce all proper paperwork, and oversee the production through to completion.
  • Inter will identify a semester-long project to conceptualize, plan, budget, and execute. This is a hands-on, guided learning experience focusing on venue improvement from a non-profit perspective.

Excellent written and verbal communication, basic Microsoft Office knowledge, a passion for the performing arts, a passion for management, and knowledge of one or more technical department preferred.

Note: This is an unpaid internship.

Questions? Email: Resumes@ScottsdaleArts.org