Description and Goals

Tinc Productions Management Internships are designed to offer pre-professional work experience for individuals interested in Production Management, Theater Management or Stage Management. The focus is on the importance and cultivation of inter-personal, critical thinking and business skills/awareness that is required to manage people, move projects forward, all while balancing client relationships and overall business management.
Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2017

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How to Apply

Submission Deadlines:


This Internship includes participation in Tinc's Production Management Intensive, as well as working with Tinc's Production Management team during the New York Musical Theatre Festival

Please make sure to read the application instructions carefully prior to submission

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Why we feel this is important

We have found that many young artists and managers have little experience with running their career as a business.  This means strategy, goal setting, cost-benefit analysis, contracts and financial management, but also includes interpersonal skills, people management, planning, conflict resolution and informed decision making.

Our hope is to provide opportunities to Interns that help them make good career decisions down the line to get the jobs they want AND to provide them with real world skills to help them keep them.


Intern candidates should have a foundational experience in any of the following: stage management, production management, theatrical management, technical theater, performing, theatrical design or company management.

Learning Objectives

The desired outcome of the internship is to provide experience with a working Production Management company while providing perspective into the different facets of the live event and entertainment industry.  We will build on the Intern’s solid foundation, created by their theatrical and academic experience, and translate that experience into business acumen in the professional world.

 Teaching Methodology

The internship includes one-on-one style seminars, related activities and homework as well as living case studies to validate all concepts covered.  The majority of time will be spent in out-of-classroom experiences, working and shadowing Tinc full-time and part-time production managers as they complete full scope production (from inception to close).


Interns are held to the same standards as all Tinc employees.  As Tinc’s work is often client facing, all interns must always act in a professional manner including being polite, informative, punctual, patient and interested.  All deliverables will have completion dates that will be mutually agreed upon between Intern and Tinc.

Work Location, Time Requirements, Compensation:

Tinc’s NYC studio, job sites, client offices for production meetings, site surveys, etc.

Generally Interns should expect approx. 20 hours per week during academic terms with longer time commitments during the summer.

Tinc offers both paid academic school year and paid summer internships. Tinc does not provide housing.

Text and Resources

Interns may be required to do some out of office research.  The time required to complete these assignments will be limited and factored into weekly minimum and maximum hour requirements.

Topics Covered During Internships

Life Outside Academics - Being a Business
  • Employment and paperwork
  • Employee vs freelancer
  • Getting hired
  • The job market
  • Money and creating financial stability
  • Continuing Education and long term careers
The Industry
  • Classifications of theater
    • Collegiate
    • Community and Regional Theater / Off-Off Broadway
    • Commercial Theater
    • Dance
    • Opera
  • Classifications of corporate
    • Events
    • Fashion
    • Experiential marketing
    • Corporate meetings
    • Concerts
    • Social
    • Charity
  • Managements roles across the industry
    • Production Manager
    • Event Coordinator
    • Company Manager
    • Stage Manager
    • Venue Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Tour Manager
Technical Production - Why Managers Care
  • Audio
    • Inputs
    • Processing
    • Outputs
    • Job roles
  • Lighting
    • Power flow
    • Data flow
    • Instrumentation
    • Job roles
  • Video
    • Data flow
    • Content and data management
    • Job roles
  • Scenic
    • Typical scenic elements
    • Job roles
  • Rigging
    • Safety
    • Equipment
    • Math
    • Job roles
  • Networks and systems
    • Equipment
    • Interconnection of departments
    • Job roles
  • Heavy power
    • Safety
    • Country differences
    • Equipment
    • Job roles
  • Expendables
    • Departmental
    • Venue
  • Facilities
    • Permits
    • Municipalities
Client Management
  • Identifying who the client is
  • Client management
    • Perspective shifting
    • Understanding and Managing reactions
    • Keep your client informed
    • Listening to their concerns
    • Additions management
    • Staying calm
  • Being prepared – the 98% principle
  • Setting and living up to expectations
  • Defining role responsibilities
  • Verbal first impressions
  • First physical impressions
  • Provide client service
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Talking DOWN the chain of command (working with crew)
  • Talking UP the chain of command (working with clients)
  • Creating trust and credibility
  • Keeping to your job role
Muscle Memory - The Flight Attendant Principle
  • Importance of practice
  • Scenario/contingency planning
Production Process
  • Landing a job and gathering details
  • Quotes
  • Site survey
  • Pre production
  • Venue advancing
  • Production schedules
  • Production meetings
  • Equipment
  • Booking labor
  • Permitting
  • Prep
  • Load-In
  • Show
  • Strike
  • Reconcile
  • Invoicing
  • Backend support
  • Post-mortem and implementing feedback