Intern with the Story Pirates

I’m having tons of fun collaborating with the Story Pirates on a number of projects, and wanted to share a FANTASTIC opportunity to intern with the organization in their Los Angeles office (in Westwood Village by UCLA) this summer:

Jon Stewart, in true Story Pirates fashion, has a heart to heart with Barbie.

Story Pirates, a fast-growing nationwide entertainment and education company, is seeking smart, self-motivated interns for our Los Angeles office for this spring and summer. The intern will have access to behind-the-scenes aspects of Story Pirates programming, where a team of over 150 professional actors, teaching artists, and improv comedians celebrate the words and ideas of kids across the country, from every walk of life.

Story Pirates is an educational media company that brings together the world’s best entertainers with the world’s most creative educators to create mind-blowing learning experiences that engage students more fully in their own education. We believe that every child has a story to tell, and we celebrate those stories by turning them into a hilarious sketch comedy musical, as performed by our cast of professional actors and improvisers (Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Improv Olympics, Groundlings, etc.). Whether it’s a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters, the content is entirely based on the ideas of kids. Story Pirates began as a pilot program in a single low-income Harlem school in 2003 and has grown to become a nationally respected creative writing and drama curriculum in place annually at over 200 schools across the country. We’ve invited tens of thousands of kids to see their own words and ideas come to life onstage, and watched as, one by one, those children began to call themselves writers.

Internships are currently available in the following departments:

- Producing

- Development

- Arts Administration

- Prop and Costume Construction

Responsibilities:

Duties and hours vary widely by internship, but most interns are asked to make a solid weekly commitment and to help staff a weekly performance on Saturdays.  Other duties may include reading stories written by kids, staffing special events, working with cameras and editing, doing research, organizing resources, managing online records, and many others.

Benefits:

In addition to course credit, Story Pirates provides first-hand exposure to a nationwide organization that works with theater, video, and web resources to create entertainment and education programs that celebrate the imagination, words, and ideas of kids from over 200 schools from New York to Los Angeles, with many others  in between.  We also provide direct mentorship and supervision throughout the internship, allow for flexible schedules, and provide complimentary tickets to productions when available.

Requirements:

It really helps if you enjoy being around kids and want to do something that can make a difference in their lives.  We are looking for  smart, motivated  college or graduate students (graduates welcome as well) who have some availability during the week and who are available on Saturday afternoons to help staff the weekly mainstage show in Westwood Village.  We require interns not only to work closely with Story Pirates staff, but also to work independently. Familiarity with Mac OS is a plus but not a requirement.

Send resume and cover letter to Gabe Jewell at gabe@storypirates.org.

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