TUTS Internship Program
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Education and Program Associate Internship Job Description
The mission of The River, a program of Theatre Under The Stars Education, is to provide an accessible, affordable, fine arts education for individuals who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, or are economically disadvantaged. Siblings are welcome to join programs for children age 4-19. Financial aid is provided to families who are unable to pay.
The River’s Fine Arts Summer Camp offers six one-week camp sessions, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with an early drop off at 8:30am. Each week of camp has a theme based on classic musical theatre productions: the theme guides the focus for all classes in music, acting, art, and creative movement. Teaching artists, teacher aides, and volunteers assist students in each classroom. There is a recital each Friday, during which every child is able to shine on stage and display to their families and friends the skills they have learned and the artwork they have created throughout the week. Our intern will act as a summer camp program associate.
As The River program has grown, resource materials have been accumulated. This includes lesson plans, scripts, music, lyrics, and other educational materials. An archival system is needed to organize all program resources. Our intern will have the opportunity to develop a system for archiving all current materials and any new materials over the course of the summer. This will be of tremendous benefit for staff in the future.
The Education and Program Associate will work directly with The River staff to help run a safe, fun, and efficient summer camp program. He/she will be stationed alongside the nurse during camp hours, and will serve as the recital coordinator each Friday. These activities include:
• Daily camp activities:
Set up all sign in areas used by families and staff before camp begins
Assist families with their initial paperwork on the first day of class
Manage classroom changes by monitoring the time and program staff
Create and distribute weekly scripts and music CDs to teaching artists
Organize and implement snack time
Assist nurse with disciplinary actions and documentation as needed
Coordinate with program staff to accommodate special needs of individual students
Track daily attendance and statistics
• Recital coordination:
Work directly with acting teacher to create and distribute all classroom and take-home materials
Coordinate planning of distribution of props with teaching artists and Artistic Director
Coordinate and display group photos for each performance.
Set up cast party following recital
• Archival system:
Work with the Artistic Director to collect all music, scripts and educational resources.
Create a record keeping system for all music, scripts, and educational resources.
Develop an organized filing system for all materials.
Create packets which include music, scripts, and lessons.
The chosen intern will report to the Education and Volunteer Coordinator.
June 10- August 2
Monday through Friday:
1. 8am to 3pm during six weeks of camp
2. 9am to 5pm, with a lunch break, during two non-camp weeks.
The Intern will work 35 hours per week, spending an average of seven hours per day.
Opportunity / Exposure
The Education and Program Associate will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of what is involved in running a fine arts summer camp program for children with disabilities. He/she will work with teaching artists, a nurse, other teacher aides, volunteers, and full-time staff of The River and will attend and participate in TUTS education staff meetings. The Intern will gain valuable life experience working with children with disabilities and will have the opportunity to meet the families we serve. The intern will also have the opportunity to become familiar with materials that are used in River programs. This will be a well-rounded experience working in a non-profit organization where the staff is dedicated to the mission and willing to handle any and all tasks as needed.
The Education and Volunteer Coordinator will supervise and work directly with the intern to develop specific goals and responsibilities and to offer feedback. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will provide a performance evaluation. We would look forward to the intern’s feedback about the organization as well.
• Currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time (minimum of 12 credits per semester) sophomore, junior, or senior student in the fall of 2013.
• Compassion for and a desire to work with children with special needs.
• PC literacy in MS Office.
• Related classes or experience preferred.
In order to apply please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
UT-AUSTIN & UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIPS
Through partnership with UT-Austin and the University of Houston, TUTS can offer a semester-long practicum for graduate-level students in the theatre program or affiliated programs (such as music or dance). The experience is geared away from performers and toward students with interests in arts management and/or administration (as directors, designers, or producers). Participants arrange academic credit through on-campus advisors and are resident with TUTS for either the fall (roughly August to December) or spring (roughly January to June) semesters; no summer semester is available. Participants will rotate through several administrative departments at TUTS, and gain production experience within the main stage or academic (Humphreys School) season, as assistants to staff and/or guest directors, conductors, and designers. The Professional Internships offer a small weekly stipend to offset the graduate student’s participation. Further information may be found in the academic advising office of each university.
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIPS IN PERFORMANCE AND TEACHING
For Bachelor of Fine Arts (or the career-track equivalent) undergraduate students with a focus on performance, TUTS can offer a semester-long practicum in which participation in main stage and academic (Humphreys School) seasons is the focus: singing, dancing, and acting in locally-produced subscription musicals and/or Musicals for Young Audiences. Supporting the performance work would be teaching in the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre's Studio division, Academy division, and/or Community Outreach efforts. Some weeks might also involve part-time arts administration projects with other TUTS staff and departments. The primary model for this program has been with the Sam Houston State University BFA in Musical Theatre. Participants arrange academic credit within their degree program, and join TUTS for either the fall (August to December) or spring (January to June) semesters; no summer semester is available. The Professional Internships offer a small weekly stipend to offset the performer/student teacher’s participation.This program requires either an audition or significant knowledge of the applicant’s performance potential by TUTS creative staff.
For further information, contact Bruce Lumpkin.