Interning at Barrier free theatre was one of the most life-altering experiences I’ve had thus far. I started my internship as a philosophy major with no idea of what I wanted to do after college and ended the same internship with a passion and love for working with adults and teenagers on the Austim Spectrum. I only needed one semester of internship experience for my major. However, I stayed on for the next two years because it became something I looked forward to every week. I recommend this internship experience for everyone and anyone who wants more love, laughter, and an amazing community.
- Lucy Geeslin, McDaniel Class of 2017
Former Barrier-Free interns, now alumni of McDaniel College.
all the details
What will I be doing? Students are embedded in on-the-ground work in our inclusive theater companies. Interns work alongside actors to bring all elements of the theater production to the stage. Interns will have roles in the show and be expected to memorize lines, stage directions, and support the actors in their roles. In addition, interns serve as invaluable mentors to the actors as they demonstrate social etiquette and skills to aide in the theater process.
Does this internship align to my major? Barrier-Free internships are best suited for students studying psychology, theater, philosophy, or other humanities majors, as well as genetics, biology or other human-science related fields. Don't see your major listed but still interested? Contact us!
How many credits can I earn? College credit amount is dependent on college/university, program of study, and department approval. Contact us directly so we can connect with your department head or professor and determine exact credit amounts.
What are the time commitments? Internships run from September - March with a holiday break. It is preferred that interns are available during January winter breaks, but accommodations can be made if an intern is unable to attend during January.
Internship attendance is required Monday & Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00. One day options (either Monday or Wedneday are also available).
Must be available for the show weekend March 13-15.
Who is my internship supervisor? Britt Burr, our founder and creative director, will be your internship supervisor. Britt is a registered drama therapist and a full-time employee of McDaniel College working in the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) office. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Department. Barrier-Free is her non-profit she operates in addition to her work at McDaniel, thus providing a perfect partnership to allow students an internship opportunity. She directs the inclusive theater companies and you will learn directly from her during the internship. What happens when the internship is over? By the end of the internship, students will have an increased wealth of knowledge and skill in working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism. They will have had extensive opportunities to build rapport with individuals with disabilities as well as research, analyze, and synthesize a wide range of information for diverse audiences unfamiliar with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
We always welcome our interns to return for another season of Barrier-Free and are forever a part of our "family."
Depending on your program requirements, Britt will provide any official documentation, internship reviews, etc. needed to ensure your credit is earned.
Barrier-Free staff and interns for the 2019 - 2020 Inclusive Theater Season.
Make a Difference
Company A intern Jasmine White working with her scene group to rehearse "Cosmic Crime."
Company A actors and staff preparing for read-through of their script for "Cosmic Crime."
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Contact Britt directly at email@example.com with any further questions or to enroll as a Barrier-Free intern.
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