Art, Design & Theatre
Experience the fine art and design world in a global city teeming with possibility, creativity and top professionals in these fields. You may find yourself interning at the Museum of Contemporary Art, assisting with the production of plays at award-winning theaters like Lifeline Theater or the Chicago Children’s Theatre, or working under designers and artists at sites as diverse as The Field Museum to LATITUDE. Chicago Semester also opens doors to these fields in other cities by enabling you to become part of a rich network of national arts and cultural institutions.
Chicago is home to more than 250 theatre companies and is the birthplace of storefront theatre and improv comedy. Experience the creative energy firsthand through Chicago Semester.
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Children’s Theatre is dedicated to creating awe-inspiring theatrical productions and programs that inspire young people and families to lead lives of adventure, courage and curiosity. Students interning here will have the opportunity to support the theater in a variety of areas, from marketing to education to stage production.
Driven by a passion for story, Lifeline Theatre’s theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, Lifeline is committed to deepening its connection with an ever-growing family of artists and audiences. Students interning here work in a variety of areas, from marketing to casting to production.
Internship Placement Process
- Submit your program application, references, resume, transcript and essay responses to Chicago Semester.
- We review your materials, work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review and send these to potential internship sites.
- You interview with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.
Hear from an Art, Design & Theatre Alumnus
"The experience of living in Chicago gave me important insights on how I want to live when in my theatre career: work style, my personal people needs, etc. This program is a great dunking-for-apples like look at what adulthood outside of college can be like."
– Angie Wintering
Class of '21, Internship at Rivendell
Professional Seminars and Courses
Professional Seminar (Interdisciplinary) - Fall, Spring and Summer
Arts in the City - Fall and Spring
Diversity and Inequality: Engaging Chicago Cross Culturally - Fall, Spring and Summer
Social Justice - Fall and Spring
Urban Planning, Development and the Sustainable City - Spring only
Values and Vocation: Reflections on Work and the Common Good - Fall and Spring
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