Internships are a major part of training young stage managers. The modern American theatre industry would be very different without interns.
However, according to the US Department of Labor, an internship paying less than minimum wage should provide a substantial educational component. Interns should not be assigned tasks that would normally be assigned to fully-paid employees. The intern should benefit more from the internship than the employer does.
The goal of this SMNetwork Internship Survey is to objectively assess and compare the quality of stage management internships.
You must be a member of SMNetwork to participate, although you can elect whether or not your ratings will be publicly associated with your account. Registration is free.
SMNetwork does not provide any judgment on the legality of internships. The ratings here will merely demonstrate how internships rank in comparison with others in our database, and allow those who are currently applying for internships to see how various options stack up against each other.