Costume Design Internship

Experience Theatre Project relies heavily on the beauty and splendor of beautiful costumes for our summer productions. It takes a village to get all the costumes perfect, which is why we need YOU to help us out! 

As an intern with Experience Theatre Project, you will be joining a professional group of artisans, craftspeople, and technicians. Together, the Production Management, Stage Management, Scenic, Props, and Costumes departments execute the visions of the director and designers who work with ETP.  We look forward to further innovation in Beaverton’s only state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, slated to open in 2020.

The Costume Design Internship offers direct exposure to the build of costumes for our upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. The intern will have the opportunity to confer with professional designers in the realization of the costumer’s designs, build professional relationships, construct portfolio pieces and gain professional experience in theatrical construction, craftwork, and costume maintenance. In addition, Experience Theatre Project Interns receive a production stipend during the course of the run of the show. Other benefits include the opportunity to build professional relationships, receive one-on-one mentoring from Costume Shop designers and stitchers and receive a resume and portfolio review with ETP Staff.

The Costume Design Internship runs from May 1 through July 15. Though the intern’s part-time hours can be fairly flexible, all internship candidates must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 6 weeks in order for this experience to be a worthwhile educational endeavor. Experience Theatre Project is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Minimum one year undergraduate education with successful completion of coursework in one or more of the following: stitching, patterning, dying, craftwork

  • Effective communication skills

  • Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines

  • Detail-oriented and organized

  • Self-starter, willing to take on a specific project or task as part of the build of the show


Internship Responsibilities

  • Working directly with the Costume Designer to understand the overall scope of costume build and collaborate on pieces or projects appropriate for your skill level and interest

  • Able to work from home on costume construction and costume maintenance

  • Assisting with fittings and alterations

  • Assisting in the inventory and maintenance of costume storage and rentals

  • Assisting with millinery, dyeing, masks, headpieces, and/or creation of “magical” items


Application Process


To be considered for Costume Shop Internship with ETP, please upload the following (ideally as a single PDF):

  • A cover letter stating: 1) your specific interest/s in this particular internship, 2) your available start and end dates, 3) hourly time commitment each week, 4) how you hope this internship will support your future goals

  • A current CV or resume describing relevant experience

  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to ETP directly, instructions to do so will be emailed once you’ve submitted your application.)

  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.