TYA/USA is a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural importance
of theater for young people by providing information, inspiration and support to its members and
fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence.
TYA/USA is the only national theatre organization that provides national and international
communication activities that serve the arts and the development of professional theatre for young
fields. As a professional membership organization with over 40 years of service to the field,
TYA/USA is proud to offer an Internship Program. The TYA/USA internship program provides
learning opportunities and on-the-job experience to college juniors/seniors, graduate students, and
recent college graduates with a professional interest in theatre for young audiences, arts
management, and arts marketing.
Training: The intern will gain valuable experience in non-profit management, and arts marketing. The intern,
with the executive director will develop a list of learning goals that they would like to accomplish. Interns are
trained and supervised by TYA/USA Executive Director and, when possible, have interaction with board
Career Support: Interns who complete the program gain a valuable professional reference from a national
arts organization with recognized leaders in the theatre for young audiences field. In addition, staff is
available to assess the intern's interview skills and provide feedback on his/her résumé.
Hands-On Involvement: Interns are an integral part of the TYA/USA staff. Interns will have the opportunity to
create new projects, resources, and other materials for the organization. Interns will take part in a weekly
staff meeting with TYA/USA Executive Director and provide input on the organization’s progress. Interns
may also help coordinate and create a national arts conferece: One Theatre World 2013
The intern is expected to work at least 15 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. They will participate in daily
office activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work. The Intern will work from off-site
unless otherwise instructed.
In addition to general office support, the intern will create an ongoing project, which must adhere to the
following guidelines. The project must:
1. be a subject of interest to the Intern or applicable to their major/area of interest.
2. provide a service to TYA/USA members or the organization itself.
3. once completed, be tangible enough to serve as a portfolio piece to be used in future job-seeking
In addition to the selected project, interns will provide general office support to the Executive Director and
other TYA/USA staff. Interns will help implement recruitment and marketing campaigns. Select interns will
help with website and social media maintenance. Other duties may be assigned to an intern in their specific
area of interest.
HOW TO APPLY
Completed applications must be received by the following deadlines to Chris Peak to firstname.lastname@example.org
(internships can also be structured depending on needs of student
Summer Internships (May-September) – March 1
Fall Internships (September-December) – July 1
Spring Internships (January-April) – November 1
Submit the following in one complete package via email:
* Cover letter discussing career goals and area of interest, computer skills, and when you are available to
start. (Start and end dates are flexible provided that at least ten weeks are completed.)
* One letter of recommendation
Please include “TYA/USA Intern Application” in the Subject line of your email.
For questions, please email us at email@example.com
$200 per quarter, $300 per semester stipend OR college credit. Stipends will be dispensed in two
installments - 50% midway through the internship and 50% upon completion. If you wish to receive credit for
your internship, please indicate as such in your cover letter.
Travel & housing is not provided
TYA USA offices are located in The Theatre School at DePaul University ANNEX room 415
TYA/USA is the national center for ASSITEJ, the international association of theaters for children and
young people in the United States. ASSITEJ currently has national centers in 80 countries on six
continents. The USA has been an important part of the leadership of ASSITEJ since the founding of the
international organization in 1965, continuously having a representative on the Executive Committee, or
governing board; US representatives have been officers for about half of those years. TYA/USA
sponsors national and international festivals and forums, and facilitates interchange among theatres and
artists in order to promote quality theatre for young public; to gather and disseminate information on a
national and international level; to liaison with other professional organizations and government agencies;
and to coordinate advocacy. TYA/USA has members in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
ASSITEJ-USA, the United States Center for the International Association of the Theatre for Children and
Young People (Association International du Theatre Pour L’Enfance et la Jeunesse), was established in
1965 under the aegis of Children’s Theatre Association of American until 1981, when it was incorporated
as an independent, not-for-profit, national theatre organization. By a vote of the membership in 2007, the
name of the organization was changed to Theater for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA), the US national
center for ASSITEJ, the international association of theaters for children and young people. The purpose
of the change was to make the name more easily recognizable as well as to reflect our commitment to
our own artists and educators.
Mission: TYA/USA is a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural
importance of theater for young people by providing information, inspiration and support to its members
and fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence.
TYA/USA is the only national theatre organization that provides national and international communication
activities that serve the arts and the development of professional theatre for young fields. As a
professional membership organization with over 40 years of service to the field, TYA/USA is known for its
extensive list of publications:
TYA Today (the journal for the field of theatre for young people published two times per year);
MARQUEE (annual digital compilation of information on 80 organizational members’ seasons,
budgets, staff, and educational programs, allowing for analysis of significant trends in the field,
plus the listing of 138 individual members);
Monthly E-newsletter on developments in the field, including legislative affairs, upcoming events,
membership activities and professional resources).
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