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Internships at the Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' internship program offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional experience by working side-by-side with administrators, extraordinary artists, and technicians.

Interns undertake a variety of projects, which provide a challenging educational experience for them, while meeting the needs of the Segerstrom Center. Intern assignments depend upon the qualifications and interest of the applicant, as well as the specific needs of each department. The Center directors and managers provide focused professional supervision and experience to each intern assigned to their departments.

Internships may be available in the following departments:

Marketing and Communications
Theater Operations
Finance / Human Resources
Guest Services

The Center will offer both full-time and part-time internships over a minimum of twelve weeks; starting in early-mid February 2015. Internships are academic and unpaid. Students applying for the Center's intern program are required to be registered for credit from their college institution. (Students are expected to obtain and complete the necessary forms to receive credit for their internship. Students are also responsible for meeting any registration requirements from their college or university.)

Internships may be available in the Development, Education, Marketing, Finance/Human Resources, Guest Services and Theater Operations departments. Interns attend bi-weekly sessions that are led by executives of the Center to learn about the different parts of the organization and how they work together. Interns may attend performances, workshops, and classes presented by the Center, free of charge (if space is available), during their internship.

Interested in applying?
Send the following information:
December 15, 2014

Application Packets should be sent to:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For more information, contact us at or 714-556-2122 ext. 4333, Option 3.

The Development Department raises nearly $11 million annually in contributions and sponsorships to support the programming and operations of the Center. Contributions are critical to fulfilling the Center's mission and represent approximately 25% of its annual operating budget.  The Development intern will assist with a variety of fundraising campaigns including membership and individual giving, grants and sponsorships, capital fundraising, special events, and volunteer management.  The intern's responsibilities will include general administrative duties, participation in events and meetings, prospect research, and a special internship project.

The Center's Education and Community Programs Department offers a variety of programs to students, teachers, arts administrators and individuals who simply want to deepen their arts experiences. Our programs help develop the audiences of the future and help make students more thoughtful and creative learners. The Education and Community Programs department works closely with boards of education, teachers and parents to ensure the success and effectiveness of its programs reaching over 375,000 annually. Interns learn about local and national education reform issues and participate in many aspects of arts education. Interns will be expected to assist the department with events at the Center, including Family Series and field trip performances, master classes and the Arts Teach Artist Showcase, as well as working on the Center's school programs in the community such as assemblies, workshops, and residencies.

Marketing and Communications
Work within the marketing and communications department to promote activities at the Center through a variety of integrated campaigns and activities, including print, television, radio and online advertising; direct marketing; public relations; e-mail communications and other strategic initiatives. Interns receive hands-on experience in a variety of marketing tasks and are exposed to the process of creating and implementing the Center's marketing and public relations strategies.  A marketing internship may involve such tasks as managing the distribution of promotional materials, trafficking materials and projects, promoting productions at community events, attending department meetings, assisting with media relations, participating in social media efforts, maintaining records, conducting market research and other administrative duties.  Applicants are encouraged to submit a project as part of his/her application s/he would complete during the internship.  Proposed project should increase awareness of the Center and its performances in the community through social media, grass roots marketing, outreach or other specific initiatives.

Theater Operations
Theater Operations encompasses all aspects of facilities operations from the management of the physical structures of the Center's campus to the support of all Center events and productions.  Theater Operations includes engineering, security, patron management, main stage production, production/event operations and administration. 

Finance / Human Resources

Guest Services
The Guest Services department works to ensure that all service and messaging aspects of the public's interaction with the company align with our mission of providing a world class attendance experience. The department encompasses both the ticketing services and audience services departments. Working in the Guest Services department, an intern will assist with the Center's accessibility programs, customer service initiatives, ticketing and ushering operations, and gain an understanding of the complete cycle of the patron experience from purchasing tickets through the end of the performance. Because the work of the Guest Services team is directly connected to performances, intern requirements will include the ability to be available to be at the Center on some nights and weekends.

Internships are offered within these departments with the opportunity to 'cross-connect' to the others.  An internship in theater operations will de-mystify the "bricks and mortar" aspect of what it takes to operate a performing arts facility. For the internships listed below, the interns will have a chance to engage in project based activities in a wide variety of behind the-scenes departments. As much of the work in Theater Operations is centered around performances, a basic requirement will include the ability to work some nights and some weekends.

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