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Theatre UCF Internship Program

All Theatre UCF BFA students (acting, musical theatre, stage management, design & technology) are required to complete a six-credit professional internship before they graduate.

This exciting capstone experience is designed to provide students with a bridge between their academic life and their professional life while deepening and strengthening their skills, experiences, marketability and networks. Students work all over the world in a wide variety of jobs including but not limited to Broadway tours, cruise ships, regional theatres, outdoor drama, theatre for youth, festivals, theme parks and more.

Students are eligible to undertake their internship beginning the summer after their sophomore year.

Theatre UCF’s Professional Internship Program empowers students to work professionally in the field before they even graduate. Students experience the process of auditioning or interviewing, negotiating contracts, traveling, strengthening self-confidence, artistry, marketing and networks all while building their resumes and forging lasting connections.

The Internship program asks students to procure a paying job in their specialty field that meets our requirements. Theatre UCF’s outstanding and rigorous training program means UCF students are highly regarded and sought after by employers. Theatre UCF also offers a plethora of production and audition opportunities, master classes by Broadway artists, an active and supportive alumni group and a Professional Advisory Board representing employers from theme parks, theatres, event producers and production companies. Students are not only well-prepared; they are well supported.

Theatre UCF is deeply devoted to ensuring our graduates work in the field. We don’t just train the artist, we also train the entrepreneur. To this end, all of our students take a class called Careers in Professional Theatre, which prepares them to not just survive but to thrive in our highly competitive industry. They are then asked to extrapolate those lessons learned into hands-on, real world experiences as they seek, procure and complete their internships, which for many represents their first paying job in the field.

“I genuinely love the people and company here at Glimmerglass. Everyone is so talented and the interns really get to do and learn a lot.” – Zoe Collins, BFA Stage Management | Event Manager, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York

“The experience was live changing. I developed an awareness of, and respect for other cultures. Our team let the arts be something that unites everyone.” – Danielle Glenn, B.A. Theatre Studies | Teaching Artist, Theatre on a Mission, Guatemala

“I was able to book my first paying gig and perform with actors from all over the world in front of packed audiences of over 800 people. My internship strengthened my resume and brought new adventures into my life” -Philann Williams, BFA Acting | Performer, Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee, North Carolina

“I owe my internship a lot of thanks for strengthening my maturity, my views, my talents, my determination and my love for theatre.” -Michael Olaribigbe, BFA Musical Theatre | Performer, Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, Maine

“This internship allowed me to grow as a performer and as an individual. I will cherish my time with Theatre West Virginia and the wonderful memories I made this summer.” -Karissa Dumbacher, BFA Musical Theatre | Performer, Theatre West Virginia, Beaver, West Virginia

“I found myself surprisingly calm during my internship because Theatre UCF had prepared me for the challenges and responsibilities of working in the professional theatre.” – Miguel Andres Ugarte, BFA Design and Technology, Properties Artisan, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder, Colorado

“My internship experience taught me that, by letting go of your reluctance and having complete honesty in all of your actions, you can truly connect to the audience.” -Ryan Koch, BFA Musical Theatre | Okoboji Summer Theatre, Okoboji, Iowa

“School has given me the mind to think critically about a situation that isn’t straightforward, but without having actually done the work, a concept is simply a concept. We need both to truly understand and do good work.” -Michael Clossey, BFA Design and Technology | Project Management Assistant, InterAmerica Stage, Sanford, Florida

Students can find the Internship Manual on our Current Student Resources page.


Recent Internship Placements

Actor’s Playhouse, Coral Gables, Florida
Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida
American Players Theatre, Spring Green, Wisconsin
Area Stage, Coral Gables, Florida
Artistic Entertainment Services, Orlando, Florida
Artistic Entertainment Services, Orlando, Florida
Arts Sake Studio, Winter Park, Florida
Athens Theatre, Deland, Florida
Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Bigfork, Montana
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
Camp Cloverleaf, Lake Placid, Florida
Camp Merrie-Woode Sapphire, North Carolina
Castaways, Orlando, Florida
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee, North Carolina
Chester Theatre Company, Chester, Massachusetts
Cirque du Soleil, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Colhar Cinema, Maitland, Florida
Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder, Colorado
Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, Virginia
Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland, New York
Costume World Theatrical, Deerfield Beach, Florida
Crane River Theatre Company, Kearney, New Hampshire
Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, Colorado
Cumberland County Playhouse, Dayton, Tennessee
Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Iowa
Dramatic Education, Orlando, Florida
Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Miramar Beach, Florida
Endstation Theatre Company, Lynchburg, Virginia
Entertainment Central Agency, Orlando, Florida
Entertainment Central Agency, Orlando, Florida
Figuratively Films, Studio City, California
Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, Florida
Gateway Playhouse, Bellport, New York
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York
Great River Shakespeare Festival, Inverness, Florida
Hampstead Stage Company, Barnstead, New Hampshire
HD Spectrum, Orlando, Florida
Hershey’s Entertainment & Resorts, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Horn in the West Boone, North Carolina
Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Normad, Illinois
Inter America Stage, Sanford, FL
Interlake Summer Theatre, Meredith, New Hampshire
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
Jean’s Playhouse, Lincoln, New Hampshire
La Music Lirica, Rimini, Italy
Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky
Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, Pompano Beach, Florida
Lyric Repertory Company, Logan, Utah
Magic in the Sky, Boerne, Texas
Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, Maine
Maples Repertory Theatre, Macon, Missouri
Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Missoula Children’s Theater, Missoula, Montana
New London Barn Theatre, New London, New Hampshire
Norwegian Cruise Lines, Asia
Okoboji Summer Theatre, Okoboji, Iowa
Opera North, Lebanon New Hampshire
Organic Motion, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Science Center, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando, Florida
Peach State Summer Theatre, Valdosta, Georgia
Phantasmagoria Theater Troupe, Orlando, Florida
PSAV Presentation Services, Orlando, Florida
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Grand Lake, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Boulder, Colorado
Runway to Hope, Orlando, Florida
Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Science Tellers, Hillsboro, New Jersey
Sea World Parks and Entertainment, Orlando, Florida
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Florhan, New Jersey
Six Flags Theme Park, Austell, Georgia
Skyland Camp for Girls, Clyde, North Carolina
Songbirds Music, Art, and Dance Camp, Oviedo, Florida
Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Boone, North Carolina
Starlight Mountain Theatre, Grand Valley, Idaho
Sterling New York Performing Arts Center, Stirling, New York
Sterling Renaissance Festival, Trumansburg, New York
Strong Side Productions, Knoxville, Tennessee
Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan, Connecticut
Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida
Texas Outdoor Musical, Canyon, Texas
Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, Texas
The Diamond Agency, Lake Mary, Florida
The Escape Ventures, Orlando, Florida
The Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
The Prizery, Boston, Virginia
The Scioto Society, Chillicothe, Ohio
The Stephen Foster Drama Association, Bardstown, Kentucky
The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton, Florida
Theater Arts of West Virginia, Beckley, West Virginia
Theatre on a Mission, Antigua, Guatemala
ThemeWorks, Inc. High Springs, Florida
Third Rail Projects, Brooklyn, New York
Titusville Playhouse, Titusville, Florida
Triple Arts Musical Theatre, Cullowhee, North Carolina
TS productions, Orlando, Florida
Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Victory Productions, Winter Park, Florida
Virginia Repertory Theatre, Hanover, Virginia
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota, Florida
WinShape Camps, Atlanta, Georgia
Winter Park Playhouse, Orlando Florida
YouTube, Los Angeles, California