The Marketing Department is responsible for generating ticket sales and interest for every Steppenwolf production. The Publicity Department works with the press and media to reach audiences through reviews, interviews and other media messaging, building public awareness about Steppenwolf and Steppenwolf programming. The Marketing/Publicity intern is given a high level of responsibility and work closely with the staff to develop new audiences, maintain and develop the Steppenwolf website, and create promotional relationships with area restaurants and community partners, assist with the preparation and execution of press performances, photo and video shoots, collect and maintain archival materials, compile daily media alerts, and write press materials including press releases. Through attendance in meetings with the artistic staff and access to production run-throughs, interns are exposed to the artistic process and learn how to effectively market and publicize Steppenwolf shows to a diverse audience. Interns also assist with audience research, special events, group sales, direct mail, digital assets and Membership campaigns. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and computer skills, thrive in a fast-paced, independent environment, and have the desire to work with an enthusiastic and creative team.

Dates and Hours

Internship: June 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020, unpaid

28 hours/week

Position is supervised by

Marketing Coordinator and Public Relations Associate

Who should apply for this position

Applicants interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a professional theater marketing and/or publicity department should apply. This position is well-suited for candidates with a vested interest in the world of marketing and/or in the non-profit arts sector. HTML & graphic design experience a plus.

Alumni for this position include

  • Jacqueline Rosas, Marketing Manager, Jam Theatricals, Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Bordson, Digital Director, Arts, Culture & Entertainment Market, Adage Technologies, Chicago, IL
  • Julia Dossett Morgan, Senior Marketing Manager, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN
  • Maya Fazio-Siu, Marketing Assistant, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Neukirch, Vice President, The Silverman Group, Inc, Chicago, IL
  • Kelsey Munson Moorhouse, Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Chicago, IL

Day to Day Tasks

  • Leading strategy for Student advertising campaigns
  • Assisting on Main Series, Membership and Steppenwolf for Young Adults campaigns, including distribution, copywriting and research projects
  • Email generation for Student, RED and other campaigns as needed
  • Website updates
  • Maintenance of Tessitura (patron tracking software) and sales tracking reports
  • Logistical support at marketing promo events, including University Nights and @ll Access Events
  • Attending all department meetings and reporting on your current projects
  • Archiving marketing and publicity materials
  • Daily Media Alerts
  • Assisting with PR functions such as press performances and photo shoots

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter Addressing the Following:
    • Why you want to work in this department at Steppenwolf
    • What skills and experiences you bring to this department
    • What you hope to learn from this internship  
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

The cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted as one PDF titled "lastname_firstname.pdf" (i.e. letts_tracy.pdf).