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
  • Two work-related references
  • A one page summary of what you expect to gain and contribute if you are selected
  • A headshot  (optional; can be a snapshot)
  • Some internships may require samples or a demo reel. Please refer to the individual description for details.

Internships Available

Summer Internships: Click here to apply
Applications will be accepted until March 1, or until all positions are filled.
Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed at the discretion of the hiring department.

Gene Kelly Awards Internship

Gene Kelly Awards Coordinator

The Pittsburgh CLO Academy is offering internships for two (2) qualified candidates to coordinate the 2019 Gene Kelly Awards!
Organize, manage and assist with all aspects of producing an annual high school musical theater awards show.  Duties include: administrative responsibilities, marketing support, updating the event webpage through a content management system, serving as a liaison with participating school directors, coordinating all schedules with the judges, planning and implementing a social media strategy, writing the Gene Kelly Awards blog, visit and present scholarship information to the participating schools, providing production assistance, compiling all data for future reference, and documenting of all occurrences with the program. 
This internship will run: January 7 – June 7 Will be asked to attend (unpaid) orientation meetings the week of December 17.


  • Seeking a college sophomore, junior or senior in the Pittsburgh area 
  • Works under the supervision of the Pittsburgh CLO Education Programs Manager
  • Works in conjunction with fellow Coordinator to organize and manage the Gene Kelly Awards program
  • Schedule:
    • January – March:  Part-time (at least 20 hours per week)
    • April –June:  Full time (approximately 30-35 hours per week)
    • Must be available during a standard “9-5 work day”, with evenings as required.
  • $100/week stipend per contracted work week to help offset expenses.


  • Serve as contact person for everyone involved with the program: teachers and students from 30+ schools , 30-35 judges, and 20+ celebrity presenters
  • Coordinate submissions, process, and update of judge scores and comments
  • Schedule judges to see school performances based on their personal schedules
  • Prepare and manage all aspects for special events, school visits, VIP schedules and meetings
  • Organize all database information including: school information, nominee information, scholarship recipient information, alumni
  • Coordinate GKA merchandise sales; advertise, order goods, record sales, process financial reporting.
  • Organize and order all awards, catering, supplies, etc. for the program
  • Assist with managing and organizing performers, volunteers  and guests backstage during show
  • Maintain a visible, active and prominent presence on social media platforms and the CLO website
  • Perform administrative and office support related to the Gene Kelly Awards.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Education Programs Manager to advance the goals and objectives of the Pittsburgh CLO and its education programs.


  • Excellent organizational and communication skills – written and verbal
  • Proficient knowledge in Microsoft Office programs including Word & Excel
  • Familiarity with web-based communication and website content management, including current social media
  • Must be a creative self-starter who works well as part of a small team
  • High attention to detail and strong, consistent, follow-through on tasks and initiatives
  • Experience with mail merging and Google Docs is preferred but not required

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • Two references
  • A one page summary of why you are seeking this opportunity and what you expect to gain and contribute if you are selected to participate in the CLO Internship Program
  • Headshot (can be a snapshot; optional)

Applicationsare reviewed as they are received. Interviews take place December. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You will only be contacted if you are selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.
These positions have been filled for 2018.

Summer Season Internships

Summer Season Internships Available


Administrative interns may be asked to work evenings or weekends as needed.

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. 

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. Must submit a link to an online portfolio, or upload 3 samples at the time of application.

MERCHANDISING: You will gain experience with retail marketing and displays, inventory management, point of sale software, purchasing, staffing, service delivery, and reporting. Strong organizational, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and presentation skills.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/SPECIAL EVENTS: Develop web/eblast content and writes 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. Strong writers are encouraged to apply.

SUMMER CAMP ASST.: 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. You may be asked to assist the other Summer Camp interns with production needs.

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 & Adobe Premiere required. Must submit a demo reel or link to a demo reel at time of application.



Production interns can expect to work long and/or unusual hours due to the concentration of the season and the theatrical nature of the work.

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. Works with Costume Coordinator & Wardrobe Mistress. Daytime, evening, & weekend hours required.

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 driver’s 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get an application for the CLO Internship Program?

A: Applications are posted online in in November or December. We start accept applications in December, with interviews beginning in February.

Q: What is the application process?

A: You will need to fill out an application form and submit several associated documents. The requirements for each year are listed on the application form. Potential candidates will be interviewed throughout February, March & April.

Q: Are these paid internships?

A: You receive a $100 stipend per week.

Q: When do you offer internships?

A: Most Internships are scheduled May through August. However, we do offer two internship positions during the Gene Kelly Awards which runs January-June, and sometimes various internships as needs are identified.

What Past Interns Have to Say

“As the Musical Direction Intern, I help take care of any transpositions, help prepare all the music for the orchestra and assist principals and the ensemble in learning their vocals. The hours are long, but knowing the show couldn’t go on without you is well worth it.”
-Carson, Musical Direction

“Working at the Pittsburgh CLO is a very rewarding experience because it provides student interns with real work experience and gives them the opportunity to network with professionals within their field of study.”
-Emma, Development

“As far as I know, CLO is the only company of its caliber in the country that offers an internship in choreography – and I am most grateful for that.”
-Tara G., Choreography

“CLO has created this program for interns who are motivated, have a strong work ethic and like doing productive work. I can say the work is tough, but when done well, it is noticed and it has your name attached to it.”
-David, Musical Direction