In the current Bulletin THEA 4541 is described as follows:"Supervised work in actual
university, community, or professional theatre productions on internship basis."
The intent of this degree requirement and course is to provide the student experience
in a full-time theatre situation. Off campus participation for a summer or a semester
is an essential element of the BFA degree program.
Credit of three (3) semester hours is awarded for the internship.The BFA student must
fulfill the following responsibilities:
EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS:You must find and make arrangements for employment. The job
must involve a “meaningful length” of full-time employment in your field of study.
The working situation should, if possible, be outside the city of Memphis.
APPROVAL OF ADVISOR:Prior to beginning your term of employment, you must receive the
approval of your advisor in your area and present to him / her a contract or letter
of intent, outlining the duties and remuneration expected. A form with internship
information should be filed with Sherri in the main office.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM EMPLOYER:You must obtain a letter of recommendation
or written evaluation of your work from your supervisor at the end of your term of
employment. The letter should be sent directly to your advisor at The Department of
Theatre & Dance, The University of Memphis, 144 Theatre Building Memphis, TN 38152-3150.
DAILY JOURNAL:You must maintain a daily journal while in the Internship situation.
The journal must be presented to your advisor for evaluation upon your return. After
receiving your grade in 4541, your journal will be returned to you.
WRITTEN EVALUATION OF SUMMER INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE:Upon your return, you should write
a 3-5 page summary evaluation of your Internship experience and give it to your advisor.
The paper, typed and in manuscript form, should address: (1) the best aspects of your
summer Internship; (2) the worst aspects of your summer Internship; (3) how your program
of study at The University of Memphis prepared you for this work experience; (4) how
your program of study at The University of Memphis did not prepare you for this work
experience; and (5) recommendations for BFA program at the University of Memphis.
FINAL EVALUATION BY THE BFA COMMITTEE: GROUP INTERVIEW
There will be a group interview of all students who have completed the BFA internship
during a Lunchbox slot. It is your responsibility to be aware of deadlines and the
The Theatre faculty will be available to assist you in any way possible — helping
with your audition selections or the development of your portfolio; suggesting what,
in their best judgment, are possible improvements; and providing honest comprehensive
letters or references. However, please give the faculty member several days warning
prior to requesting a reference or an observation of your audition scene.