For the Artists:


Summer & Season Long Internships

Burning Coal Theatre is proud to offer support to young theatre artists through internships. See below for more information. 

Burning Coal Theatre Company can create two kinds of internships (see below). Both include Arts Administration. Other possible areas of learning include technical theatre, acting, directing, stage managing or a combination of the above. Those interested in working with Burning Coal as an intern should forward an email to indicating your area of interest, availability (dates and times of day), and a resume. We will call you to set up an interview. Internships are not paid, though housing may be available.

Season-long internships occur during our production season (approximately late August through May) and include components related to our Mainstage programming (assistant directing, assistant stage management, assistant designers and in some cases performance opportunities).  NOTE:  Burning Coal offers housing for all out of area interns (up to 3 at a time) for the duration of your internship.

Summer internships are focused on arts management and are specifically for young people who want to learn about the theatre inside-out, do a little bit of everything, and see what it really takes to make a nonprofit theatre run.  They may directing, stage management or design-related components related to our Kidswrite, Second Stage or Summer camp productions.  Administrative tasks may include grant writing, database administration, social media work, advertising sales, graphic design, facilities management and things of that nature. NOTE: Burning Coal offers housing to all out of the area interns (up to 3 at a time).

Burning Coal Theatre Company is Seeking a Marketing Intern

Burning Coal, a small, professional, nonprofit theatre located in downtown Raleigh, is seeking a marketing intern for the upcoming season. Currently seeking in its 25th season, Burning Coal is looking to increase relationships, media coverage, revenue streams, to implement PatronManager as its database, and to develop a long-term plan for sustainability.

The ideal candidate would be willing and able to work a consistent schedule of 20 hours per week between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on weekdays at our theatre offices in downtown Raleigh. Please do not apply if you like to come in late, leave early, or take repeated days off. If ever a self-starter was needed, this is it! Below are some of the qualities, passions, and experiences we are looking for. We understand that no one will have all of these:

  • Have or are currently pursuing a BA or BS degree or higher;
  • Be majoring in or have a degree in marketing, PR, journalism, communications, or similar field preferred;
  • Be proficient in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, instagram, YouTube);
  • Have a working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Be willing to learn PatronManager database administration;
  • Have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Constant Contact;
  • Have video and audio editing skills;
  • Have strong attention to detail;
  • Be a self-starter with a strong work ethic;
  • Working knowledge of WordPress (website management);
  • Good writing skills and ability to use the English language properly;
  • Grant writing experience is a plus; and
  • Passion for the arts and helping arts organizations!

Burning Coal is interested in a candidate who would like to grow with the company and possibly continue as an employee following the year of internship. In the first year, all we can offer the intern is housing.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest via email to

TO BOOK:  Call us at 919.834.4001 or email