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Drama - Theatre Internship


In today’s Theatre Industry, employers are looking for graduates with creativity, initiative, knowledge of industry standards and practical experience. Undertaking an internship component as part of your USC Drama major helps prepare you to meet these expectations.

A DRA205 provides the opportunity to put theory into practice, develop a range of essential skills sought by employers, establish a work history and create networking contacts.

View the DRA205 Course Outline.

Internship structure

DRA205 is an elective subject on offer to students in their second or third year of a Drama major.

It provides an opportunity for students to obtain academic credit for a course at university at the same time as gaining valuable experience in the workplace prior to completing their studies and seeking employment in their chosen field.

In DRA205 students complete between 100 and 150 hours of work experience within a project. There is some flexibility as to how this time is allotted, but the intention is that the hours will be spread over a time frame sufficient to allow the intern to experience a range of duties in the workplace and an opportunity to develop new skills as they put the theories learnt in their university studies into practice in the workplace. (If further hours are required, approval must be sought from the course coordinator.) For each internship a student will be assigned a ‘Field Education Mentor’ who works within the assigned organisation.

Internship opportunities

Students can undertake an internship within a theatre company, theatre project, or other approved activity.

All internships require approval by the course coordinator of DRA205 and a suitable field education mentor from the designated theatre company/project.

Some examples of organisations that have recently hosted USC drama interns include: professional theatre companies in Brisbane and Sydney, local community theatre companies and the USC ‘simulated patients’ project. These all offer students exciting opportunities to develop real-world skills in the theatre industry.

Each student is assigned a specific role within a production or project. Some examples of roles include:

  • Assistant director
  • Set designer (or assistant set designer)
  • Costume designer (or assistant costume designer)
  • Actor (in this case the student must successfully audition for a role within the production)
  • Production Manager (or assistant production manager)
  • Stage manager (or assistant stage manager)
  • Marketing Assistant.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by the placement organisation to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved workplace learning course are covered by the University's insurance policies. For further information refer to insurance information.

More information

For more information about the DRA205 course or to request a DRA205 Information Pack contact:

Dr Jo Loth
Email: jloth@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5845


For general enquiries about work integrated learning opportunities contact:

Email: TechOpsWil@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5430 1259

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