Internships can be an invaluable way for those wanting to work in theatre to get a toe-hold in the profession, particularly when so many creative jobs are not advertised – an issue raised at this year’s Devoted and Disgruntled debate. I know of theatres and arts organisations who are brilliant: putting real time and effort into those they take on to do placements, offering invaluable advice and helping to give them the experience they will need to progress to paid employment in the arts. Often the relationship and mentoring continues long after the intern has moved on.
But too often interns are not just unpaid but under-valued and over-exploited: frequently doing all the dud jobs; sometimes working the same hours as those in salaried employment; on occasion even replacing someone whose job has been cut. Those working in the arts would look askance when this goes on in other professions – and it does, of course, not least in journalism – but turn a blind eye when it happens on our own doorstep.
This went out on the LA Culture Net Listserv today and I thought I would post it in case anyone was interested…
2009 was a difficult year for a lot of people. In response to the lost jobs, lost homes, major and minor tragedies, personal frustrations, heartbreak, etc., I am working on a project that called â€œ 2009 Was A Rough Yearâ€ and I am hoping that you would be willing to help me.
I would need you to:
1. Take a picture that represents the worst, most heartbreaking, or most frustrating moment you experienced in 2009.