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The Mad Cow internship program is designed for college students and young professionals seeking to gain practical experience in arts administration. Internships are currently offered in the areas of development, marketing and communications. Interns are fully integrated into daily operations at the Theatre and are mentored by the Manager of Community Engagement and individuals in their department. Unfortunately at this time internships are unpaid and do not compensate for travel. However, in addition to in-depth mentorship, interns may receive professional development opportunities and participate in learning seminars. Interns are asked to work 15-20 hours per week and provide their own laptop.



Community Engagement Intern

Title: Community Engagement Intern
Hours per week: 15-20

Compensation: Unpaid*

Candidates seeking college credit will be given first priority.


Job Description:
Mad Cow Theatre seeks a Community Engagement Intern to assist with various duties. An intern can gain exposure to many different aspects of theatre management in a fast-paced, hands-on environment. The Community Engagement Intern will assist the Community Engagement Manager with community outreach projects, education outreach, planning, issue advocacy, general administrative support, community market-related activities and events, and some other aspects of Community Engagement/organizing. This position is project oriented and can be tailored to the strengths and talents of the individual selected.


Application Requirements:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or Work History
  • Three References – Professional or Academic


Candidates must have an interest or background in community outreach, education, event planning, or the arts. Candidates must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, a high level of conscientious and attention to detail, and good organizational capacity. Candidates must also have reliable transportation and be able to lift up to 30 lbs. The ideal candidate will possess initiative, have the ability to work independently, function in a deadline sensitive environment, and have a positive, flexible attitude. Applicants must have a working knowledge of Email, Internet, Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with contact management systems. Pursuit of a college degree in arts administration, business administration, education, marketing, communications, public relations or performing arts is preferred.


Mad Cow Theatre seeks a diverse company and is committed to equal opportunity employment.


Please submit application requirements to: or ATTN: Audrey McGowen, Mad Cow Theatre, P.O. Box 3109, Orlando, FL 32802


*Mad Cow Theatre is in compliance with the FLSA’s criteria for internship labor and acknowledges that this position is intended to provide an educational opportunity for the intern. Mad Cow Theatre does not receive any immediate advantage from the fulfillment of this position. The intern will not be entitled to wages for the duration of the internship. 


Development Intern (Fundraising)

Hours per week: 15-20
Compensation: Unpaid*
Application deadline: Rolling

Candidates seeking college credit will be given first priority. 
The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake basic development research and writing assignments and possess an understanding of development (fundraising) skills, an ability to interact professionally with clients, and good judgment. A working knowledge of computers, as well as word processing and database management software is necessary. The development intern will be mentored by the director of development. The director will help the intern prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist development staff with entering data into Mad Cow’s donor database
  • Conduct research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets and industries
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals
  • Assist the development staff in planning donor events and other activities 
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials
  • Attend department and staff meetings 
  • Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed 


Required Skills


  • Hard working
  • Professional
  • Strong writing and research abilities
  • Desire to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Database experience is a plus
  • Good interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • A demonstrated commitment to Mad Cow's mission and values
  • Unimpeachable ethical standards and personal integrity 


The above information has been designed to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees; however, it should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of the employee assigned to this job.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and supporting materials including samples of your work to Mad Cow Theatre Human Resources Department at Please include the position you would like to be considered for in the subject line of the email. Mad Cow Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.