May to August
Applications due February 1
(Technical Theatre, Scene, Props, and Costuming applications are due March 1)
January to April
Applications due November 1
September to December
Applications due July 1
Who can apply
- Undergraduate students (must have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate study)
- Graduate students
- Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
- Career-changers currently enrolled in a degree program
- International students (J-1 or F-1 Visa required)
Availability and length
- Internships are available in fall, spring, and summer
- Duration is 12 weeks with flexible start and end dates
- Fall and spring internships are part-time (21-24 hours per week) and summer internships are full-time (35+ hours per week)
- Housing is not provided, but Wolf Trap can provide guidance on finding a place
- Wolf Trap Foundation is accessible by public transit, though personal transportation is highly recommended
Wolf Trap Interns receive minimum wage, while also enjoying the following benefits:
- College credit (not required)
- Career development workshops
- Guest speaker seminars with Wolf Trap professional staff
- Free tickets to select performances
- Tours of Wolf Trap’s performance venues
- Discounts at Wolf Trap concessions and gift shop
- Free master class participation or observation
- Field trips to local performing arts venues
- Networking events with other DC-area interns
- Proximity to Washington, DC’s vibrant social and cultural scene
Multicultural Diversity Initiative
- Wolf Trap values its commitment to diversity and knows the arts have the power to change society. To support promising young professionals, including those from cultural or ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in arts management, Wolf Trap offers the Multicultural Diversity Initiative. Students qualify for this initiative by selecting it on their application form and stating their desire to participate.
Economic Diversity Initiative
- Wolf Trap believes everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed. This stipend will help eligible students, who qualify for Financial Aid at their college or university, to gain professional work experience while offsetting the cost of housing and transportation. If selected, these students will receive a $5,000 award paid biweekly over the course of their internship. This stipend is not guaranteed, as there are limited awards available each season. Students qualify for this initiative by selecting it on their application form and providing proof of Financial Aid at their college of university.
Diversity Initiatives are made possible through generous individual, corporate, and foundation support
*Can be in the form of an email or written documentation from an administrative office at your college or university
How to apply
Fill out and submit an internship application form along with the following requested materials in one PDF document, in the following order:
- Cover letter with brief personal statement, outline of career goals, and specification of departmental internship(s) for which you’re applying. If applying for more than 1 internship (up to 3 allowed), do not submit different applications for each—just specify top choices.
- Resume listing relevant courses, previous experience, and special skills. No transcripts please.
- 2 academic and/or professional references. Please include phone number and email.
- 2 writing samples, no more than 3 pages each
- Choose examples that show both your style and capability.
- Examples: articles, research papers, business letters, press releases, etc.
- Creative writing samples are not accepted.
- Graphic Design, Multimedia/Social media, AND Photography applicants also need to submit design samples
- Writing samples are not required for the following positions: Technical Theatre, Scenic Arts, Prop Painting, Costuming, Stage Management, Accounting, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Photography, Multimedia, and Production & Sound.
Please make sure the application form you are sending is appropriate to the season for which you are applying. If the application form posted on our website is not current, we have made note and will be updating it shortly.
You will receive an email receipt of your application.
- Hiring supervisors will review applications and invite select candidates to interview.
- Interviews may take place in person, or by phone or Skype.
- All applicants should receive information on the status of their application about 1 month after the application deadline.
- Make sure firstname.lastname@example.org is added to your contact or safe email list.
Call 703.937.6304 or 1.800.404.8461 or email email@example.com.
The Wolf Trap Internship Program is funded in part by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative, ExxonMobil Corporation, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Something Different Contracting, and Anonymous Foundation. Funding for the Diversity Initiatives has been provided by the Anthony and Beatrice Welters Family.