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Internships

DEVELOPMENT INTERN

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION 
Founded in 1986, Cornerstone is a multi-ethnic theater company that, by making theater with or for people of many ages, cultures and levels of experience, builds bridges between and within diverse communities in Los Angeles. Cornerstone has commissioned more than sixty playwrights, produced over ninety new works, trained over two thousand students in our unique methodology, and worked with tens of thousands of members across the country.

POSITION DESCRIPTION 
The Development Intern will contribute to the overall success of Cornerstone’s fundraising activities, which support our productions and community engagement activities that will occur during our 2015/2016 season. The intern will report to the Development Director and work closely with Development, Communication and Engagement staff to maximize fundraising opportunities and further expand, retain and cultivate our donor base, while obtaining a comprehensive understanding of Cornerstone’s process of community-engaged theater. The intern’s primary projects will include the creation of eleven impact reports, a final grant report and a letter of intent. The intern will be required to compose an impact report for each of the ten communities we engaged with during our yearlong touring production of California: The Tempest (August 2014-June 2015) and one final cumulative report. This process will require the intern to work closely with other Cornerstone departments to collect the necessary data and statistics to create an in-depth report that can be utilized for Cornerstone’s developmental and archival purposes. Once the impact reports are completed, the intern will use them to compose one final grant report to be submitted to funders. Applying the knowledge they gained from this process the intern will then research and compile a list of prospective grant opportunities for one of Cornerstone’s 2016 productions and assist in writing and compiling the necessary documentation for a letter of intent.

SKILLS REQUIRED 
The prospective intern should have strong writing, editing, analytical, and organizations skills, and should enjoy writing. A high level of computer proficiency is desired, this includes experience with internet research and Macintosh Operating System. Applicants should possess excellent communications, the ability to work with a team, as well as independently with limited supervision. They should also be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. An interest in theater and/or arts administration is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY 
To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Ilia Jauregui at jobs@cornerstonetheater.org. Please include “Development Intern” in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 107 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at www.lacountyarts.org.


COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION 
Founded in 1986, Cornerstone is a multi-ethnic theater company that, by making theater with or for people of many ages, cultures and levels of experience, builds bridges between and within diverse communities in Los Angeles. Cornerstone has commissioned more than sixty playwrights, produced over ninety new works, trained over two thousand students in our unique methodology, and worked with tens of thousands of members across the country.

POSITION DESCRIPTION 
The Communications Intern will work to implement Cornerstone’s marketing strategy for our next project, Hunger for Culture penned by Larissa FastHorse, an award-winning playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. Under the supervision of the Communications Associate, the intern’s primary projects include constructing and implementing a written online social media strategy incorporating each of Cornerstone’s current platforms; researching and developing a report on other available platforms that may be beneficial for Cornerstone’s marketing; and creating a blog schedule and original blog content for Cornerstone’s website that can be utilized throughout the Fall season.

SKILLS REQUIRED 
Successful applicants will have a high-level of organizational and multi-media skills, ability to work well with a team, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. We are looking for applicants who have a keen interest in deepening their knowledge of collaborative community-based theater through the use of comprehensive marketing tools.

HOW TO APPLY 
To apply, please email resume and cover letter to James Cheeks III at jobs@cornerstonetheater.org. Please include “Communication Intern” in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 107 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at www.lacountyarts.org.

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Fellowships

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Paula Altvater Fellowship
Cornerstone’s Altvater Fellowship program provides professional development to individuals interested in theater and community.

About the Altvater Fellowship
Fellows work full-time with Cornerstone on management or production aspects of current programming over an eight-week residency.  Each year’s Fellowship focus is determined based on the needs and schedule of Cornerstone’s production schedule.

The Fellowship includes participation in bi-weekly company meetings, weekly staff meetings, and inclusion in company-wide community engagement activities and/or planning.

Successful fellowship candidates have prioritized interest in community-engaged theater and have some understanding of Cornerstone’s mission.  They are curious, grounded, and ready to be immersed in the daily running of a theater company from the mundane to the extraordinary.

The Fellowship takes place in Los Angeles at Cornerstone’s office and/or on location of a community residency. The Fellowship includes a $2000 honorarium. Travel to/within Los Angeles and housing are not provided. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.

About Paula Altvater
Paula Altvater was a resident of the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation. She participated in Pier Gynt, Cornerstone’s 1990 residency in Eastport, Maine, and in the 1991 national tour of The Winter’s Tale: An Interstate Adventure. Paula passed away in 1992 and Cornerstone named this fellowship program as a tribute to her belief in the importance of community and the power of people working together.

Past Altvater Fellows
2011         Park Cofield
2010         Jay Briggs, Ashley Walden
2009         Mieke Duffly
2008         Sarah E. Peterson
2007         Loraine Shields, William Jamarillo
2006         Sibyl O’Malley
2005         Victor Moag, Luanh Ph Hwee Yen
2004         Laura Henry
2003         Leticia Lopez
2003         Soo Lee
2002         Julie Carpineto
2001         Maya Gurantz, Karla Diaz
2000         Donnetta Grays, Sergio Marin, B*Wak Comfort
1999         Elizabeth Gonzalez, Katherine Chappel
1998         Mark Valdez, José Casas, Scott Cheek
1997         Claudia Pardo, Pete Galindo, Damion “Teeko” Parran