Internships at Twin Cities arts organizations are an integral part of the education of Theater and Dance majors and minors.

While course work prepares students for these opportunities, the hands-on experience at professional institutions prepares them for a solid career in the many fields of the performance arts.

Current students should also check out the Macalester Career Exploration website for more information. There you can explore majors, jobs, graduate school, and internships, resume and cover letter tips, a portal to log-in to Handshake, and contact information for Career Exploration staff.


Jesse Claire – San Francisco Mime Troupe

Jesse ’20 (they/them) has worked as a intern and carpenter for the San Francisco Mime Troupe during the summer 2019 and 2020. Read Jesse’s perspective on their work on their Student Profile page or via the link above.

Em Friedman – Walker Art Center

Em ’21 (they/them) was the performing arts intern, responsible for creating programs, researching arts, and much more at the Walker. Read Em’s perspective on their work on their Student Profile page or via the link above.

Mina Kianovsky – Global Arts Plus

Mina ’21 (she/her) is a teacher’s aide and paraprofessional at Global Arts Plus, a Saint Paul Public school with an arts-infused cirriculum. Read Mina’s perspective on her work on her Student Profile page or via the link above.

Elinor Jones – MN Fringe Festival

Elinor ’21 (she/her) was the Arts & Technology intern with the MN Fringe Festival during summer 2019 and is a House Manager at Mixed Blood Theater. Read Elinor’s perspective on her work on her Student Profile page or via the link above.

Richard Graham – Technician/Designer

Richard ’19 (he/him) is a freelance theater designer and technician in the Twin Cities. From mics to lights to sound and media design, he does it all! Read Richard’s perspective on his work on his Student Profile page or via the link above.

Mai Moua Thao – SPNN

Mai ’22 (she/her) is involved in filmmaking outside of the THDA department and worked with Saint Paul Neighborhood Network during summer 2019. Read Mai’s perspective on her work on her Student Profile page or via the link above.

Aidan Endo – Lighting Designer/Tech

Aidan ’22 (they/them or he/him) is a lighting designer who is branching out as a freelance tech for local theaters around the Twin Cities. Read Aidan’s perspective on their work on their Student Profile page or via the link above.