About Performing Arts Internships Abroad
World Endeavors internships in the performing arts give interns the chance to experience international performance traditions, while gaining first-hand experience in the work of producing plays, concerts, or dances. Interns assist actors, stage managers, directors, and stage crew. Depending on their interests and experience levels, they may assist with creating and organizing props, costumes, and sets, creating promotional materials, and maintaining rehearsal spaces. Some research and administrative support work may also be part of interns’ responsibilities in this field.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Performing Arts Abroad
The best way to learn about the world of the performing arts is to work with the people who make it happen. Traveling abroad for an internship is particularly valuable because it gives interns the chance to experience the performing arts of another culture, and to see the way different arts organizations interact with their communities. The hands-on work of an internship prepares participants for future work in the performing arts and can be a great help in clarifying what kind of work within this field the intern wants to do in the future.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Other Considerations for Performing Arts Internships
Potential interns should have a strong interest in the performing arts and be open to learning about new artistic traditions. Good organizational and interpersonal skills are especially important. Interns should also be good communicators, able to work in teams, and willing to work varying hours depending on the needs of the internship.
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