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Alliance Theatre Spelman Leadership Internship and Fellowship Program

About the Internship and Fellowship Programs

The not-for-profit cultural sector is challenged by a lack of diversity in its top leadership roles. This situation is not attributable to a lack of capable candidates for leadership but is due to a lack of intentional cultivation of prospective leaders of color, particularly by larger institutions. In order to address these challenges and provide the national field with an annually growing pool of highly qualified candidates, the Alliance Theatre seeks rising Spelman seniors to participate in a paid, year-long internship and fellowship program.

Alliance Theatre Interns

Now in its second year, the program provides yearlong, paid internships for three students. The 2017-2018 interns include drama major Alexandra Roberson, C’2018; political science major La’Candis Brown, C’2018; and international studies major Eniola Sodeke, C’2018.

These paid internships are designed specifically to prepare students to succeed in a competitive job market. Interns will be able to tailor their involvement at the Theatre to their particular interests and have regular access to mentorship opportunities and career readiness training. Each intern is eligible to apply for a two-year fellowship at the conclusion of the internship.

Paid internship opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Finance
  • Community Engagement and Outreach
  • Season Planning and New Work Development
  • Arts Education Programming
  • Theater for Young Audiences
  • Theater Production
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Casting and Producing

Interns should expect to work 10 hours per week and receive $15/hr. Internships begin Aug. 14, 2017 and conclude May 31, 2018.

Alliance Theatre Fellows

Drama major Maya Lawrence, C’2017, is the first Alliance Spelman Leadership fellow. She was selected from among three graduating seniors who served as the inaugural cohort of Spelman interns at the Alliance during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The fellowship is designed to give participants experience in artistic or executive leadership in the not-for-profit cultural sector and will be tailored to support the interests of the recipient.

In their first year, fellows will receive receive a broad orientation to the full range of the organization’s programs and activities.

In the second year, the fellow will self-select into a specialty area and undertake project work specifically tailored to her area of concentration.

Only one fellow will be selected from the cohort of three interns.

Fellows should expect to work full-time at a competitive annual salary. Fellowships begin June 1, 2017 and conclude May 31, 2019.

Internship Application Process

Eligibility: Students who will be in their final year at Spelman College in September 2017, and who
currently have a 3.0 GPA, are eligible to apply for paid internship positions at the Alliance Theatre.

Interested students should submit:
• A resume
• A transcript
• Two letters of recommendation
    o One from a professor
    o One from someone familiar with your work ethic
• Having researched the Alliance Theatre, please articulate in 500-750 words how you feel your
particular skills and aspirations would best synchronize with the programs and mission of the theatre

Applications should be emailed to with the subject line “Intern
Application: First Name Last Name”

Due Date: April 14, 2017

Notification Date: May 12, 2017

Contact Us

Theater & Performance Department
Fine Arts Building

Additional Contact Info

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