Baltimore Center Stage: Internships


The Katherine Vaughns Internship Program 

Introducing young people to a full season working in a professional theater setting.

The Katherine Vaughns Internship Program gives recent graduates an opportunity to spend a season working in a professional theater setting. The program was recently named for long-time trustee Katherine Vaughns, a supporter and lover of the arts.

For more than 25 years, Center Stage has helped cultivate the next generation of theater makers through its highly competitive program, which helps bridge the gap between university and professional theater by providing early-career artists and administrators with hands-on experience and guidance. Center Stage welcomes a new class of roughly 20 different administrative, artistic, and production interns each season.


  • Free Housing: Each intern is provided with a furnished efficiency apartment in a historic row home just two blocks from Baltimore Center Stage.
  • Pay: Thanks to funding from generous donors, Baltimore Center Stage is able to pay interns a small weekly stipend. Interns often have the chance to make additional income by working in the box office, house managing, and bartending.
  • Great Location: Baltimore Center Stage is located in Baltimore's vibrant Mount Vernon Cultural District, convenient to the Inner Harbor, restaurants, and urban nightlife. Baltimore is also a short ride away from the dynamic scenes of New York and Washington, DC.
  • Academic Credit: In some instances, students can receive academic credit for an internship. Baltimore Center Stage will work with the intern to meet his or her school’s credit requirements. However, the intern is ultimately responsible for those arrangements.
  • Professional Development: Interns are offered the following opportunities to help further develop their professional careers:
    • Intern Seminars  - These regular meetings are an opportunity for interns to learn from and network with theater professionals, including guest designers, area artists, and Baltimore Center Stage staff.
    • Portfolio Reviews - Interns are encouraged to keep their portfolios updated throughout the season for portfolio reviews with Center Stage staff and guest designers.
    • Evaluations -  Interns are evaluated within 90 days of arrival and again at the end of the internship. Evaluations provide a formal framework within which to discuss progress, identify goals, and articulate mutual expectations.


  • Applicants must commit full time to one entire season at Baltimore Center Stage from mid-August to early June. (If you are currently enrolled in school and are not able to work with us full time, learn about our Part-Time/Summer Internships.)
  • Most interns have received undergraduate degrees. Applicants without undergraduate degrees should have equivalent professional experience.
  • Computer literacy is a must for anyone applying to an administrative position.
  • Because of the time-consuming nature of securing visas for foreign students, we are unable to accept applications for non-US citizens.

Important Dates

Applications will be accepted via our website beginning in January, 2017. The selection process begins in early March. Given the generally high volume of applications, candidates to the 17/18 Internships are advised to submit materials to Baltimore Center Stage as soon as possible once the form is available, with a recommended deadline of March 1.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Portfolio/Work Samples Certain internships, such as the Graphic Design Internship, require that a portfolio or work samples be submitted with your application. Please refer to the available internship descriptions for portfolio and work sample guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Professional Resume Please include two references (no letters of recommendation are needed).
  • Cover Letter (1-2 pages) Please use this cover letter as an opportunity to show us your personality, including information not found elsewhere in your application. Within body of your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
    • How have your experiences in theater and the performing arts brought you to where you are today?
    • How will these experiences support your work at Baltimore Center Stage?
    • Where would you like to see yourself in the future?
Apply now! 

Diversity and inclusion are values central to the Baltimore Center Stage mission. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

If you have a specific question about the Katherine Vaughns Internship Program, please email us at


Center Stage’s part-time and summer internships provide hands-on experience for students currently enrolled in middle school, high school, or college who are interested in exploring theater as a career. Each internship is designed around the student’s interests by providing real-life experience working alongside theater professionals in nearly every department of the theater.

Center Stage will work with each individual student to determine an appropriate curriculum, schedule, and department to work with based on the experience and interests of the student and the needs of each Center Stage department. Computer literacy is required for administrative positions.

Applications are accepted year-round; most internships areas are available during the season (Sept-June). During the off-season (June-Aug), only administrative internships are available.

Part-time/summer internships are unpaid and Center Stage does not provide housing to participants. In some instances, students can receive academic credit for an internship. Center Stage will work with the intern to meet his or her school’s credit requirements; however, the intern is ultimately responsible for those arrangements.


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