American Shakespeare Center Grant Research Internship

Did you know that ticket sales make up less than 50% of the total funds it takes to run a theater? So where do the remaining funds come from? Donations and grants. In this internship, you’ll get a window into the work of the American Shakespeare Center’s Development Team and conduct grant prospect research to bring new ideas to the team. You’ll gain real-world experience in development and come away with a broader understanding of the current grant landscape for theater in the U.S.

  • Conduct research on the funding profiles of theaters similar in scope and size to ASC. What grants do they currently receive?
  • Research granting institutions, from small family foundations to large government agencies, and help “Team Devo” determine which ones might be a good fit for ASC.
  • Practice crafting compelling letters of request and application narratives that speak to grantors’ areas of interest and funding priorities.
  • Enjoy comped tickets to see some of the excellent plays this work helps fund!

Duties will be carried out over a 6-week period between June 1st and August 30th (start and end dates are flexible) and will average 10 hours per week. Work will entail a mix of off-site research and in-person mentorship at the offices of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton.


This internship is unpaid but ASC can work with chosen educational institution to facilitate college credits.


To apply, send a resume and an email of inquiry explaining why you are interested in the position to Development Manager Bonner Odell at