Technical Design and Production
Internship Application Information
We welcome interested applicants to reach out for an informal conversation at any point with the chair or one of the other faculty. You can be thinking of applying this year or in the future. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply.
An applicant submits a one-page statement of purpose, resume, two professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a transcript. No portfolio is submitted with the online application. The application deadline is February 1, 2022.
In one page, the statement of purpose should describe your career goals and cite specific aspects of the curriculum and training, how the David Geffen School of Drama, and the Technical Design and Production department can help you achieve them.
After an initial review of applications, select candidates are scheduled to interview in New Haven during February or early March. The on-site interview usually includes meetings with several faculty and staff members, a tour of David Geffen School of Drama's campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, see a performance if available, and a portfolio review. The portfolio should visually represent your work to date, including photographs, paperwork, or technical drawings.
The applicant can arrange earlier on-site visits or interviews on an as-needed basis. Alternate arrangements for interviews, including internet video conferencing, can be made for international applicants or applicants who cannot travel during the interview period.
If you are invited to interview in New Haven, the David Geffen School of Drama will reimburse a portion of your travel expenses based on geography, including mileage, meals, air travel, hotel, train, or taxi/uber. Exact reimbursement limits will be conveyed to your during interview coordination. Receipts should be sent to Grace O'Brien promptly following your interview and cannot be reimbursed later than 90 days after the day of purchase.
As of September 1, 2019, the S.A.T. or A.C.T. is no longer required and will not be considered if submitted as part of the application.
An applicant can arrange earlier on-site visits or interviews on an as-needed basis. Alternate arrangements for interviews, including internet video conferencing, can be made for international applicants or for applicants who are unable to travel during the personal interview period. NOTE: a site visit is extremely valuable, and current students often host applicants to help defray travel costs.
Video Conferencing: Yale utilizes the online tool Zoom. Once your conversation or interview time is determined, you will receive a Zoom link by email. At the time of the appointment, you click the link to join the conversation. You can choose to join using audio and video or just audio.
See course listings and descriptions under Technical Design and Production's Plan of Study (M.F.A. and Certificate). Additional courses in the Design program are also available. Courses in other programs in the School, or in other programs at the University, may be considered, subject to scheduling and adviser approval.
DRAM 99a/b, Internship Practicum This course provides practical work in the Intern's area of concentration, with experience in the different elements and phases of the theatrical production process. Interns train on tools, software, and processes as required for each production. Additional training beyond production needs is also possible after consulting with faculty or staff advisers. Interns are expected to follow written and oral instruction, problem solve, work well with others, show an eagerness to learn, take on new responsibilities, and be flexible to change. Open only to those in the Technical Internship Program.
As a part of the application, we require applicants to submit contact information for two references. References will be sent a link to follow.
References will be asked to write a letter asking their "appraisal of the applicant on the basis of their past performance in a professional and/or academic setting, your perception of their talent, experience, potential for a career in theatre, commitment to their craft, and how the applicant can benefit from a concentrated or intensive training program."
Faculty and staff from the program will be in cities near you and would love to connect to talk about the program and your goals. Please email Grace O'Brien to get more information.
Virtual November 6, 2021 – 2:00pm
Virtual November 16, 2021 – 4:00pm
December 1–3, 2021
Virtual - USITT's LiNK conference
March 2–5, 2022
Baltimore, MD - Attending USITT annual conference
You are also welcome to visit the campus at any time for a tour, observe classes, and have lunch or coffee with a student. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Grace O'Brien to make arrangements.
For additional information, we suggest visiting the FAQs.