CLO Internship Program

Spend Time in the Real World of Musical Theater and Arts Management

Since 1973, CLO’s Internship Program, with the financial support of the CLO Guild, has been attracting a talented mix of energetic students from across the country and providing them with the building blocks for successful careers. The CLO Internship Program has resulted in college credits for some students (check with your college advisor) and has influenced many to pursue their interest professionally.

The CLO Internship Program offers the unique opportunity for interns to get real “hands-on” experience by working with CLO production and administrative staff members in such areas as Choreography, Costumes, Direction, Lighting Design, Public Relations, Stage Management and more!

The Pittsburgh CLO Internship Program is offered to students 18 years of age and older.  Applicant must have completed high school prior to applying. 

All interns are required to submit the following items:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume of work and related experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page summary of what you expect to gain and contribute if you are selected
  • A headshot (can be a snapshot)
  • Some internships may require writing samples or a demo reel. Please refer to the individual description for details.

Internship Application Schedule


Gene Kelly Awards: The 2016 positions have been filled.

Summer Internships: We are currently accepting applications. We highly recommend that applications be submitted by March 1st, but will accept applications and conduct interviews until all positions are filled.

Summer Administrative Internships

CABARET & DIGITAL INTERN: Works closely with PR/Marketing Manager to market and promote shows through a variety of self-designed outreach programs, community events and social media efforts. Duties may also include assisting the General Manager and production team of current or upcoming Cabaret shows. Driver’s license and some nights and weekends required. Proficiency in photo editing and social media experience preferred.

DEVELOPMENT: Functions as an additional member of the Development Department through management of complimentary ticket outreach programs--Kelly Circle and “A” in the Arts; coordinating weekly donor benefit mailings; planning and executing the Donor Dress Rehearsal and assisting with other fundraising & donor recognition programs, including donor cultivation events and CLO Guild Ball; helping with other development mailings and projects as needed. Excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize & balance workload are a must. Some evenings and occasional weekends required. Experience working in a database program is a plus.

EDUCATION - SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANT: Assists the CLO Academy staff with its Summer Camp program. Assist camp Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers; act as the liaison between campers and parents; supervise after-care program and coordinate camp lunch, check-in and check-out procedures. Superior multi-tasking skills recommended.

FINANCE: Support the CLO business operations with day-to-day fiscal, personnel, and office management duties. Responsibilities include accounts payable and accounts receivable functions, vendor information compilation, special projects, as well as general personnel and administrative duties. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and strict adherence to confidentiality are all essential to this position.

GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGN: Assists the Graphic/Web Designer with e-blasts, signage, program layouts, advertisements, t-shirt designs and other promotional materials. Applies daily updates to the Pittsburgh CLO website including cast information, production photos, video clips and more. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is required.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/SPECIAL EVENTS: Writes press releases and show-specific stories. Assists with a variety of PR and Marketing activities including interviews, promotional events, displays, decorations for cast parties, opening night gifts, welcome baskets and a variety of administrative tasks including social media and website management. Some nights and weekends required. Must have a valid driver’s license.

VIDEO PRODUCTION: Shoots, edits and produces video spots of performances, rehearsals, cast parties, community events and education programs for use on the website, in presentations and for local TV stations; including CLO Summer Camp performances for DVD purposes. Self-directed position - advanced proficiency in video editing & Final Cut required. Must submit a demo reel. Send demo reel to intern@pittsburghCLO.org

Summer Production Internships

CHOREOGRAPHY: Assists multiple Choreographers with creating and implementing choreography for the shows. Responsibilities include taking notes, documenting choreography, learning dances and assisting in the development of each production. Daytime, evening & weekend hours apply.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT: Acts much like the concierge for production.  Assists with housing and transportation of cast members and artistic teams, updates actors data base, documents costumes for historical purpose,  arranges and transports to medical care if needed, assists with banking logistics and provides other local information to our guests. Works closely with guest artists and production staff as required. Must have a valid driver’s license. Daytime, evening & weekend hours apply.

COSTUME COORDINATION: Assists with wardrobe fittings; obtaining costume pieces and note taking during tech and opening nights.

EDUCATION - SUMMER CAMP PRODUCTION: Assists the CLO Academy staff with its Summer Camp program. Duties may include: stage management for all summer camp productions, paint/build scenery, collect props, assist Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers as necessary. Superior multi-tasking skills recommended. Must have access to a vehicle.

HAIR DESIGN: Assists in setting wigs, shopping and tracking wigs during performances. Help organize show wigs (labeling wigs and wig blocks). Help with wig fittings; cleaning of facial hair, washing, conditioning and steaming of wigs.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Assists Lighting Designers with creation of complete lighting design for the Summer Season. This is strictly a design staff internship, and no work as a stage electrician will be required. A working knowledge of computerized lighting consoles is recommended.

MUSIC: Assists Musical Director and Arranger. Transcribes, transposes and copies music, preparing the orchestra parts for each production.  Working knowledge of Finale is helpful. Daytime, evening & weekend hours apply.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Assists Production Manager to oversee and coordinate all production elements of the summer season.  Duties will include help with scheduling, departmental “check ins”, development and distribution of notes, attendance at production meetings, help managing expenses and running errands as they relate to the productions.  Some nights and weekends will apply.  Must have valid driver’s license.  Candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills as well as a working knowledge of office programs (word, excel, etc.).  CAD experience a plus.  Most importantly, candidate should be able to go with the flow and be ready to pitch in wherever needed. 

PROPERTY COORDINATION: Assists Props Coordinator in obtaining and designing props. Must have a valid drivers license as this person will travel the area at times sourcing props as needed.  A working knowledge of computers to research different periods is helpful.  Some assembly of small props may be requested.  Daytime, evening & weekend hours apply.  Use of a glue gun required!

SOUND DESIGN: Assists House Soundman with rehearsal notes and cues, attends all rehearsals, techs and performances.

STAGE DIRECTION: Assists multiple Directors with development of each production from the ground up. Interns will be responsible for prompting during rehearsals, taking director’s notes and will assist in creation of each production from first rehearsal through opening nights.

STAGE MANAGEMENT: Assists Stage Managers in running rehearsals and all performances. Interns will be asked to develop run sheets, track costume changes, and supervise crew during performances.