Then you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of the most common questions that prospective interns, apprentices and fellows ask us. Of course, if you can't find an answer here feel free to contact us,

Does Steppenwolf Theatre Company offer paid internships?  
Participants in the Summer Internship program are considered volunteers and do not currently receive payment. Many Summer Interns do, however, receive academic credit for their time at Steppenwolf. 

Participants in the nine-month Apprenticeship and Fellowship programs are paid minimum wage for 28 to 40 hours a week, depending on their department. Fellows receive additional paid hours for professional development opportunities and a housing and/or transportation stipend, dependent upon need. Nine-month Apprentices and Fellows are also illegible for Steppenwolf's part-time dental plan, as well as vision insurance and a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority Card. 

How competitive is the selection process? 
Because Steppenwolf receives so many applications from highly qualified individuals there is a high level of competition. Each year, we receive over a thousand applications for these programs. 

How does the selection process work?  
If an application is complete, it will be reviewed; reviews begin after the date of the submission deadline. A round of candidates will be interviewed in person, over Skype or over the phone. Some departments will request a second round of interviews. About one month after the application deadline, all applicants will receive a status of their application via e-mail. Usually, the selection process is completed within 4 to 8 weeks. 

Does Steppenwolf offer housing?  
Steppenwolf Theatre does not currently provide housing for Professional Leadership Program participants. It is the responsibility of the participant to find and pay for their own housing. However, Fellows will receive a modest housing and/or travel stipend to help defray their cost of living. 

What if I want to apply for more than one program (ie. the Fellowship and the Internship)? 
If you want to apply for more than one program, specify this information in your personal statement and ALSO send an email to explaining your request to apply for two programs. 

Does Steppenwolf offer short–term or part–time internships? 
Steppenwolf sticks to the program dates listed. Persons looking for a short-term experience should consider The Summer Internship or signing up to volunteer. Please find information on our volunteer program by visiting

Can an applicant apply to more than one Apprenticeship or Internships?
Yes. Applicants can apply for up to two different Apprenticeships or Internships. Applicants interested in applying to two different departments must fill out and submit two separate applications.

Are high–school students or adults exploring new career paths eligible to apply for an internship/apprenticeship at Steppenwolf?  
All participants must be 18 years of age or older. While we do not have internship or apprenticeship options specifically for high school students, Steppenwolf Education provides many programs for high school aged students to participant and learn at Steppenwolf. Adults interested in exploring new career paths in arts administration or production are more than welcome to apply.

Will I be able hold a job during the program? 
Interns, Apprentices, and Fellows work between 28 to 40 hours per week depending on the department. Please see the individual apprenticeship or internship pages for information on the hours required for each position. Many former participants have been able to find evening, weekend, or freelance work in retail, restaurants, bars, arts organizations, etc. It is recommended you discuss with the hiring manager during the interview process if/how part-time work could fit around the program.

If I am not offered an internship/apprenticeship/fellowship can I apply again?  
Yes. Due to the high number of qualified applicants we receive each year, many departments find themselves with a number of appropriate applications from which to choose. If you feel the program would still be beneficial to you, or you have gained a little more experience please re–apply. 

To whom should I address my cover letter and/or personal statement? To whom should my recommenders address their letters? 
Application materials should be sent to the attention of “The Selection Committee.” 

How do I get all of my documents into one PDF? 
There are a number of ways to combine your documents into one PDF including scanning the documents, Adobe pro, as well as a variety of PDF converter websites. Remember to limit the size of your PDF to 4MB. For the main application, please name your PDF with lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g. letts_tracy.pdf). Please follow instructions for any additional application materials listed on the individual departments webpages.

If I scan my documents into one PDF, my letters of recommendation will no longer be confidential. Is that OK? How will you know the letters are legitimate? 
Steppenwolf has never required confidential, sealed letters of recommendation. You should only request letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak favorably to your talents and abilities and let them know that you will have access to the letter. The letters of recommendation should be on your recommender’s university or company letterhead and should include contact information for your recommender. Supervisors will most often contact recommenders before hiring a candidate for additional information. Please do not mail or email letters of recommendation. Those letters will not be considered.

What if my letters of recommendation are not available by the deadline? 
Incomplete applications will be considered as a lesser priority and therefore it is imperative you seek out your letters of recommendation in enough time to include them in your PDF document.

Do you accept international applicants?
Yes, we do accept applications from international applicants, however, Steppenwolf is only able to accept applicants who are eligible to work in the United States (i.e. visas, green cards, citizenship, etc.). The theatre cannot sponsor or assist applicants in the visa application process. 

What is the absolute latest I can apply? 
The deadlines are as follows:
Summer Internships: 11:59pm on Sunday, January 27, 2019
Apprenticeships: 11:59pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019
Fellowships: 11:59pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019

I still have questions, what do I do?! 
Please email with further questions. Thank you.