Student Internship Program
Florida Capitol Press Corps’ Annual Press Skits
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Florida Capitol Press Corps is a diverse group of journalists who cover the seat of state government in Tallahassee. Each year, the Press Corps produces and stars in the Capitol Press Skits, which pokes fun at politicians to raise money for the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship Fund. Press Skits is a comedy variety show consisting of skits, videos and parody songs created and performed by these journalists. The Press Corps is looking to hire student interns to assist our adult amateur actors with this year’s production.
Interviews for select applicants will be held in the evening on Oct. 14. The positions available are:
- Director ($1,000 stipend)
- Assistant Director/Stage Manager ($500 stipend)
- Videographer ($500 stipend)
Director and assistant director/stage manager stipends will be paid in two installments: half on Dec. 14, 2015, and the other half on Feb. 1, 2016, after successful completion of the show and wrap-up duties. Videographer will be paid half upon receipt of assigned videos and half after DVD of the Press Skits live recording is delivered.
Students chosen to participate in the internship program will assist with producing the Annual Press Skits, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 26, 2016. There will be roughly a dozen rehearsals and meetings from October through January, with time demands increasing closer to the show. Student interns are expected to attend all rehearsals unless absences are cleared with the Press Corps liaison and excused in advance. Multiple absences or dissatisfactory performance may result in dismissal from the internship program.
HOW TO APPLY
Director and Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Email a resume that includes work/experience in comedy or musical theater, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. The full job description is below.
Videographer: Email a resume that includes work/experience in video production and editing, relevant coursework, applicable skills and three references (name, title, organization/school, phone number and email address). One reference must be a professor or member of the staff at your current school. In the body of your submission email, please include links to two examples of your work (Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.) with a description that outlines your involvement and whether you were responsible for videography, editing or both. The full job description is below.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 30.
Questions and comments about the internship program and application process can be emailed to the same address or by contacting Press Corps President Tia Mitchell at (850) 933-1321.
The director will help set the vision for Press Skits and assist with all aspects of the production, which includes scripted skits, musical numbers, pre-recorded videos and comedic messages on the big screens. The director will be required to attend mandatory rehearsals to assist actors with comedic timing, projection, stage presence, blocking, sound and lighting direction, and selecting costumes and props. The role of the director is to improve the entertainment value of Press Skits by applying their theater knowledge and leadership skills. The night of the show, the director in conjunction with the assistant director/stage manager will ensure the production runs smoothly and efficiently. Prior experience in theater direction required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER
The assistant director’s job is to assist the director with all tasks in setting the vision and improving the production value of Press Skits. In addition, the assistant director/stage manager would be the main liaison between the director and the actors on the night of the production. The assistant manager would also coordinate with the professional staff at the venue, including sound, lighting and set crews. Prior experience in theater production is required. Experience in comedy or musical productions preferred.
The videographer will be responsible for filming and editing from two to four short comedic videos prior to the night of productions, as well as recording video of the full live production. The videographer will coordinate with the director and assistant director in providing direction to actors and performers. In addition, the videographer will ensure proper lighting, sound quality and video quality is achieved for a professional work product suitable for large screens at the venue. Videographer will coordinate with actors, director and assistant director to identify times and locations for filming and ensure that appropriate time is allocated for editing and re-shoots as needed. Must have access to all necessary equipment. Proof of work product required, and experience in comedy productions preferred.