Intern Program

Welcome to New Bedford Festival Theatre’s College Intern Program!

Interested in working for the best musical theatre company in Southeastern Massachusetts, a company that is nationally known for its outstanding professionalism on all levels of production?

Of course, you are!

Apply now for one of New Bedford Festival Theatre’s coveted technical internship positions, and this summer you could be working at the beautiful, historic Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford with a professional cast, crew, and staff! We’re offering technical internship positions to college students interested in property management, directing, musical directing, and marketing and operations.

Want to know more about New Bedford Festival Theatre?

We’re a professional, regional not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to:

  •     Producing a varied selection of the best of musical theatre – from the classics to the contemporary.
  •     Utilizing quality production techniques and dynamic, challenging staging and choreography.
  •     Engaging the best local and national talent available.
  •     Responding to the diverse needs of the artistic community and the public.
  •     Serving as a cultural resource to enrich the community, the state, and the region.

New Bedford Festival Theatre was founded in 1990 and has since presented over 30 summers of fully mounted musical productions that have entertained well over 300,000 theatre goers.

Our productions of Les Miserables, Hairspray, and Mary Poppins were all awarded the NETC Moss Hart Award of Best Theatrical Production in New England. Please click around on our website for past production photos to get a glimpse of what we’re all about!


New Bedford Festival Theatre’s technical internships for college students provide engaging and educational experiences with a number of unique benefits:

  •     Interaction with staff and artists regularly;
  •     Hands-on experience;
  •     Working among young professionals & veterans in the field;
  •     Networking opportunities with fellow interns, staff, and directors;
  •     Teaching opportunities for those interested

Interns should be currently enrolled in a college theatre program, interested in working in a highly collaborative environment, and ready to take on whatever comes their way. Interns should have some basic experience in their position of interest; they should especially have experience working on main-stage musical productions. The internship can be seen as an opportunity to learn and further develop the administrative or technical skills they possess.

We are proud to offer our interns a stipend and/or the possibility of earning college credit, to be negotiated with their respective college or university.

***All interns should possess a driver’s license, means of transportation and access to local housing. 


Props Master Intern

  • Acts as the property master for the mainstage production
  • Acquires rehearsal props
  • Properly places & oversees all props needed for the production (performance props are rented by the staff’s creative team)
  • Develops a props breakdown
  • Manages a prop table
  • Attends all rehearsals and tech rehearsals
  • Collaborates with the director, artistic director, stage manager, and technical director
  • Works with the director of the Summer Academy high school apprentice performance

Director Intern

  • Acts as an assistant director, supporting the director of the mainstage production in daily activities
  • Takes notes for the director and artistic director as needed & communicates these notes to various staff and crew members
  • Conducts dramaturgical research on the mainstage production to share with cast & crew
  • Designs and runs warm-ups for the actors
  • Attends production meetings, all rehearsals and tech rehearsals
  • Maintains communication with the director to review any questions regarding the directing process
  • Director of the Summer Academy high school apprentice performance

Musical Director Intern

  • Works closely with the musical director and should possess strong vocal and/or instrumental experience
  • Designs and runs warm-ups for actors
  • Supports the musical director in daily activities
  • Takes notes for the musical director as needed
  • Attends all rehearsals and tech rehearsals
  • Works with the director of the Summer Academy high school apprentice performance

Marketing Intern 

  • Works closely with the print and digital marketing strategist
  • Should possess strong language and graphic design skills
  • Must possess a driver’s license and means of transportation 
  • Creates social media posts
  • Handles correspondence with interviews and press
  • Distributes waivers for online posting
  • Oversees Instagram takeovers
  • Lines up eblasts with print media
  • Works with the director of the Summer Academy high school apprentice performance

Operations Intern

  • Should possess strong organizational and computer skills
  • Should possess an interest in arts administration
  • Must possess a driver’s license and means of transportation
  • Works with the company manager overseeing actor move in/move out
  • Schedules and sets up for company-sponsored breaks
  • Orders food for the company when it is deemed necessary
  • Assists in all promos throughout the season
  • Works with the director of the Summer Academy high school apprentice performance


  1. Fill out short Google form (HERE)  
  2. Cover letter detailing which specific technical intern position you are interested in and why.
  3. Resume (should include relevant courses you have taken and/or productions you have worked on).
  4. Two letters of reference
  5. A digital portfolio if you have one (please submit larger files by email if necessary

Email materials - or mail - New Bedford Festival Theatre, attn: Intern Coordinator, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 

Questions - Email or call (508) 991 - 5212