Become a Chicago Fringe Festival Intern

Why Intern with CFF?

Because you won’t be getting our coffee.

We need a lot of hard working people year round to make the Chicago Fringe Festival happen. Our staff is made up of 12 professionals in their late 20’s and 30’s. We’ve been where you are not too long ago. We have been involved in the arts as producers, actors, stage managers, fundraisers, technical directors, marketers—you name it, we’ve done it. Our staff is all unpaid volunteers and along with an extra 100 volunteers closer to the Fest, we work hard to realize our mission. We are scrappy and we like it.

When you intern with us, you will get hands-on experience. You will be interning directly under one of our staff members. You will work as a team and also be trusted to work independently, and we will give you feedback to make you better qualified when you enter the working world. If we really like what you do, we’ll write you a gleaming recommendation letter. Seriously, it will shine.

Expectations For Chicago Fringe Festival Interns

Every intern, in helping produce the best ever Chicago Fringe Festival, is expected to:

  • Have enthusiasm for his/her work
  • Use his/her best efforts in performing all tasks assigned by manager
  • Be able to think on his/her feet
  • Be on time
  • Be at every assigned rehearsal and performance
  • Possess fantastic problem solving abilities
  • Collaborate with others
  • Communicate effectively
  • Show initiative/be a self-starter
  • Overall skills in internship category

 

What you Can Expect From The Chicago Fringe Festival

In return, every intern can expect from the Chicago Fringe:

  • To be treated with respect
  • Networking
  • A one-of-a-kind Fringe theatre experience
  • Expand your skill set
  • Be appreciated for your contributions to the Festival
  • Free Chicago Fringe Festival t-shirt
  • Festival button
  • Participation in Fringe parties
  • A letter of recommendation upon completion of a successful internship

2016 Internships Include:

Artist Relations Internship

Description:

The Artist Relations Intern will assist with festival management over the months leading up the Chicago Fringe Festival (August 31 – September 11, 2016). Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: data management, answering artist questions, following up with artists, helping to collate information for festival program, and assisting with website updates and proofing. The hours of this internship are flexible. This intern will work mainly through online collaboration. The Artist Relations Intern reports to the Artist Relations Manager.

Time Commitment: This position runs from June 2016 – October 2016. For a breakdown of hours, please see below:

  • June-July 2016 – Up to five hours/week
  • August 2016 – Up to ten hours/week as Festival approaches, possibly more once load-in begins
  • September 2016 – Full-time during the Festival, especially evenings; approximately twenty hours in the two weeks post-festival

Position Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • A sense of humor and the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Money handling experience
  • Fluency in English
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel and Word
  • Willingness to learn new programs
  • General knowledge of QuickBooks, Square and PayPal (preferred but not required)
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization

Audience Services Internship

Description:

The Audience Services Internship is a 2-month internship leading up to and during the festival. It is a perfect well-rounded experience to learn everything that goes into putting together the festival’s front of house. The intern will help to prepare for the box office and volunteer management needs of the festival and then assist in their implementation during the festival.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Recruiting Volunteers through websites, street fairs, etc.
  • Assisting with all communications with volunteers
  • Build all shows in ticketing system and assist in monitoring ticket sales
  • Reporting tickets sales and creating pre-sale reports for venues
  • Training volunteers how to use the ticketing system
  • Training second week volunteers in one-on-one setting
  • Working with artists in a professional setting
  • Running a box office
  • Managing a venue

The intern will meet with both the Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to create a specific list of duties, based on the intern’s interest and the festival’s needs. Responsibilities can be customized to the intern’s interests and strengths.


The Audience Services Intern reports to the Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

Time Commitment: The Audience Services Internship will begin at the beginning of July with a few meetings and select projects to complete off-site. Interns must have open availability during the festival, August 31 – September 11, 2016, and be available on-site. The internship will require approximately 80 hours in total.

Position Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Good communication skills
  • Customer service experience (Theater Front of House experience preferred but not required)
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Ability to work well under stress
  • A sense of humor

Business and Administrative Internship

Description:

The Business/Administrative Intern will work with the many and varied business and financial aspects of running the Chicago Fringe Festival (August 31 – September 11, 2016). This will include, but is not limited to, organizing artist paperwork, assisting with volunteer training preparation, tallying daily figures, setting up specific aspects of special events during the Festival, tracking the Festival budget and reconciling artist payout information. This position will report to the Managing Director.  This position will work closely with the Artist Relations department, the Box Office Manager, the Production Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator.

Time Commitment: This position runs from June 2016 – October 2016. For a breakdown of hours, please see below:

  • June-July 2016 – Up to five hours/week
  • August 2016 – Up to ten hours/week as Festival approaches, possibly more once load-in begins
  • September 2016 – Full-time during the Festival, especially evenings; approximately twenty hours in the two weeks post-festival

Position Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • A sense of humor and the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Money handling experience
  • Fluency in English
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel and Word
  • Willingness to learn new programs
  • General knowledge of QuickBooks, Square and PayPal (preferred but not required)

Concierge Internship

Description:

The CFF Concierge Internship duities include, but are not limited to; data collection and attendee information management, promotional/outreach event support, assisting the box office sales team or fringe central staff, as well as providing personalized help, information, and individualized customer service at the fringe festival. The Concierge Intern’s aim will be to create a customized and complete ‘fringe festival experience’ for our patrons.

Time Commitment:

TBD – duties will commence in the weeks leading up to the festival, with the majority completed the week of the festival (August 31 – September 11, 2016)

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A high-level of strong customer service skill and proven background
  • A strong working knowledge of the Chicago Fringe Festival and Jefferson Park neighborhood (local businesses, locations, directions etc.)
  • Experience or interest in the hospitality industry and/or customized patron relations
  • Box office and/or database experience a plus

Kids Fringe Internship

Description:

The Kids Fringe Intern will assist in the planning, marketing and running of the Kids Fringe. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: organizing activities, planning and leading a workshop, coordinating with Kids Fringe artists, training teen volunteers and attending summer festivals and school registrations to promote Kids Fringe. The Kids Fringe Intern reports to the Kids Fringe Coordinator.  They will also work closely with the Education Coordinator and Fringe Central Manager.

Time Commitment: This position runs from July 2016 – September 2016.  For a breakdown of hours please see below.

  • July – August 26th: approximately 5-8 flexible hours a week. Must be available some weekends.
  • August 27th – 31st: Must commit to approximately 16 flexible hours during load in and tech for Kids Fringe Central setup and Kids Fringe tech.
  • September 1st – 11th: Must be available from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
  • September 11th – 16th: 5 flexible hours of wrap up post-festival.

Position Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as attention to detail and ability to collaborate
  • Passionate about working with youth and kids
  • A background or interest in arts education and teaching artistry
  • Ability to self-start and take on projects
  • Ability to work well under stress
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and have high amounts of energy

Marketing Internship

Description:

The Marketing Intern will assist or spearhead a variety of projects related to getting the word out about the festival to press and potential/past patrons via a variety of channels, including online, in print and in person. The Intern will report to the Marketing and Publicity Managers.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and/or editing copy for press releases, advertisements, email blasts, social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, blog) and communications with Fringe artists.
  • Researching potential advertising opportunities and gather other information pertinent to marketing strategy and will maintain records/files related to initiatives.
  • Generating excitement about what’s happening at the festival and capturing useful information about patrons and artists to feed future marketing endeavors.
  • Distributing posters and flyers around the local businesses and coffee shops, attending events, occasional administrative tasks, etc.

Time Commitment:Hours for this internship are flexible. The timeline for this internship is approximately March – September 2016.

Position Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Excellent writing skills, including the willingness and capacity to hear and communicate in the “Fringe voice.”
  • Comfortable using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets
  • Ability to collaborate online
  • A background in graphic design is a plus but not required
  • Proven track record of solid work performance in past jobs and reliable attendance.

Stage Management Internship

Description:

Stage Management Interns are assigned to one venue for the duration of the Chicago Fringe Festival (August 31 – September 11, 2016). These interns run tech rehearsals and performances and work closely with the performing groups to make sure set-up and tear down happens in the allotted time frame. Stage Management Interns report to the Production Manager.

Time Commitment:

The Stage Management Interns begin training during August, with exact times to be solidified at a later date. Festival commitment is approximately August 28 – September 12, 2016. During the Festival timeframe, interns must have weekday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday availability.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree in technical theatre or theatre administration/management
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Good communication skills
  • Familiarity with basic sound, projection and lighting equipment/operation
  • Background in theatre/tech a plus

Technical Internship

Description:

Technical Interns help to set up sound, projection and lighting equipment, working closely with the Technical Director to make sure festival set-up and teardown happens in the allotted time frame. Technical Interns will then be scheduled in shifts throughout the festival (August 31 – September 11, 2016) to be on-hand if an issue with equipment comes up. Knowledge of proper use of power & hand tools is a major plus. It’s best for this intern to enjoy working with their hands and getting dirty. Technical Interns report to the Technical Director.

Time Commitment: The Technical Internship requires several sessions of training and inventory/prep work during the weeks leading up to the festival. Technical Interns must be available all day for load-in and strike and on weekday evenings and all day weekends during the festival. Time commitment is approximately August 26 – September 14, 2016.

Position Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently receiving or recently received a college degree
  • A desire to work with a non-profit organization
  • Good communication skills
  • Familiarity with basic sound, projection and lighting equipment/operation
  • Background in theatre/tech a plus