Technical Internship Certificate

Technical Internship Certificate

The Technical Design and Production department offers a one-year technical internship program for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties masters, costumers, scenic artists, or master electricians. This training program combines six graduate-level courses with closely monitored practical work.

An assigned faculty or staff adviser guides each student in selecting three courses each term in his or her particular area of concentration. Most courses offered as part of the department’s three-year M.F.A. program are open to one-year technical interns. The courses cover a wide range of topics, including properties construction, shop technology, theatre safety, electricity, projection engineering, sound technology, scene painting, costume construction, projection engineering, machining, rigging, and AutoCAD.

Nondegree candidates, such as technical interns, are not eligible for the Yale Health Basic Coverage, but Yale School of Drama requires technical intern students to have health insurance. Information about alternative health insurance options can be obtained by contacting the School of Drama’s registrar’s office.

Interns receive individual attention, training, and supervision from their department advisers and work side-by-side with Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre’s professional staff.

Those who complete the program successfully receive the Technical Internship Certificate from Yale School of Drama at the May commencement ceremonies. Some of those who complete the program subsequently apply and are accepted into the three-year M.F.A. program in Technical Design and Production, receiving credit toward the degree for requirements already taken. Those who choose to enter the job market receive individual assistance from the department chair. Alumni provide many job opportunities for professionally trained theatre technicians.


The Technical Internship Certificate program of study appears in the Bulletin of Yale School of Drama. Click here for the Bulletin.

Click here for the Technical Design and Production Program Brochure (PDF)