Interns at The Highwood Theatre serve as a vital part of our team, are treated like staff members, and are held responsible for their work.  In addition to an incredible opportunity to be on the front lines of a growing non-profit organization, and have a lasting impact on many lives in the community, interns at The Highwood Theatre also have the chance, as needs arise, to serve as paid Teaching Artists for our programs.  And, interns may subsequently apply to be staff members or regular teaching artists.  Internship schedules are flexible and can be designed to work with almost any schedule, though we expect interns to be able to devote at least six hours a week to the Theatre.  If you are interested in working at The Highwood Theatre, please read the following, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Dates: Different lengths can be chosen; Summer Internships are generally 2.5 months

Times: All interns must work at least six hours per week – flexible schedule; potential additional opportunities to work with our student theatre and school programs (stipend possible); Summer Interns generally work between 20 and 30 hours weekly.

Location: Work will occur at our offices in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Background Information: The Highwood Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in the community.  The Highwood Theatre’s trademark is the involvement of community members in all aspects of its programming – from acting and singing, to design, tech work, and even leading/creating classes and productions.  We have built a a successful Student Theatre program over the past ten years that mirrors our organization’s goals.  In our student production company, participants not only act in shows, but also make up the technical crew, band, design team, and all other roles.  The Highwood Theatre also runs a program in local schools (Highwood at School), bringing our student-produced production process and other classes to a larger group of youth.  In addition, The Highwood Theatre is in the process of launching the newest branch of our organization, Your Theatre, which produces a season of professional productions, in addition to many other programs and classes.

The Highwood Theatre’s core value is that “anyone can do theatre,” and we take this to heart in our effort to involve as many people as possible in our organization and programming.  

Everyone involved with The Highwood Theatre feels responsible for his or her work, becomes an integral member of the team, and takes ownership of the experience.  With this ownership, participants are empowered to think, create, and thrive.  Whether it’s a production or class, students and adults devote themselves to the endeavor and to the collaborative effort that makes it possible.  We hope that you will be inspired to do the same and be excited about devoting your time and energy to helping our mission and vision come to life.

Working at The Highwood Theatre is extremely rewarding and provides a unique experience during which interns can develop as professionals, mentors, teachers, and creators in a flexible, supportive environment.  It’s a great opportunity to interact, collaborate, and share your expertise with a diverse community of artists all committed to a common goal.

As The Highwood Theatre is currently in a period of expansion, this is an incredible opportunity to join our growing team and leave a lasting impact on the organization, and many peoples’ lives.  All internships require organization, patience, innovation, and a collaborative, growth mindset.  You must be responsible, proactive and willing to work with a wide range of adults and students, as well as other professional theatre organizations and artists.  In addition, you will be expected to uphold and promote the mission, vision, and values of The Highwood Theatre and appropriately represent the organization at all times.

Compensation: Internships are unpaid, though can be available for credit.  Parking/Metro stipends are available.  

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have knowledge of and experience in their selected internship field.  The applicant will have an interest in working with students and adults, as well as a desire to learn, innovate, experiment, collaborate, and take initiative alone or with a group.  The applicant must be 18 years of age or older.  Interns must complete a background check if requested.  This is an ideal opportunity for college students or recent college graduates interested gaining leadership and development experience, or interested in pursuing a career in theatre.

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to  Please no phone calls.


Background Information

Will assist in various marketing, advertising and public relations assignments including community outreach, social media management, writing press releases, designing and distributing marketing materials, contacting potential community partners, planning and executing events, fostering media relations, and creating a comprehensive marketing plan for the 2018-2019 season of productions and programs. Must be creative, organized, self-motivated, have strong communication skills and work well in a collaborative environment. Applications are being accepted now for spring and summer internships.

Will work in areas of fundraising, grant writing, database management, donor prospects, donor acknowledgement, and other areas to support our expanding organization. Interns have unique opportunities to identify special fundraising opportunities for specific programs in the upcoming year.  Must have excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a team without hesitating to share one’s own ideas and pursue the ideas of others.  Spring and Summer interns will participate in a large outreach effort to reach corporate and business sponsors for our 2018-2019 season of productions and programs.

Opportunities to create logos, posters, images, edit photos, and create innovative graphic formats to express and advance our programming, mission, and productions.  Summer graphic design interns will be responsible for creating logos, posters, and branding for our 2018-2019 season of productions and programs.  Must be innovative, imaginative, and have solid graphic design skills, experience with Photoshop, and graphically representing ideas and themes. Applications are being accepted now for spring and summer internships. 

Will assist in the management of our partnering schools. Management includes but is not limited to: evaluations, observations, compiling feedback, assessing and planning tactics for improvement within the programs. Intern will assist with the expansion of the program through locating and contacting prospective partners about collaboration opportunities. They will also participate in creative promoting and marketing for the H@S program. The intern will assist and work with our teaching artists to build, expand and implement program lesson plans. Must have great communication and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and participate in creative planning process. Intern will be a large part of the Highwood at School expansion for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications are being accepted now for spring and summer internships.