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The German Centre of the International theater Institute and the Goethe-Institute are running an Internship Programme.

Who can apply?

At present the programme is limited to young people from developing countries and Eastern Europe. The age limit is 40 years. Applicants should be directors, dramatic advisors, set designers, choreographers, or assistants in these areas in the theatre (including theatres for young audiences and music theatres). Critics, students, and theatre scholars are not eligible for the internship programme.

What does the programme have to offer?

Interns are placed with theatres in Germany where they will learn about the planning and rehearsal process in at least one production. Interns will also be given the opportunity to see performances at other German theatres.

The theatre internships in Germany lasts appr. two months; an extension is possible in special cases.

Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover housing and other living expenses. Accident and health insurance is also provided for as are theatre tickets if free tickets are not available.

Application requirements

A good command of the German language is an absolute necessity (exception: dance interns). The intern must be able to understand the rehearsal process and performances and be able to communicate effectively with German colleagues in order to get the most out of the experience. Programme participants are expected to return to their native countries and incorporate and spread the knowledge and experience that they have gained in their dramatic area of specialization at the conclusion of the internship.

Application materials / Where to apply

Materials may be requested from the German ITI Centre or Goethe-Institute in the applicant's home country. Completed applications are sent to the Theatre department at the Goethe-Institut Headquarters in Germany or the German ITI Centre through the home institution. The ITI and Goethe-Institute consider the applications and make their detailed nominations in consultation with each other.

The ITI makes the final invitation and arranges the internship in the best possible accordance with the applicant's wishes. The ITI may also organize any needed preparatory training. Applications must be submitted and have reached the central office in Berlin (ITI) or Munich (Goethe-Institute) at least three months before the internship is to begin.


Programme participants are expected to submit a report in German at the end of the internship (a translation may be submitted). The report should critically detail experiences made and knowledge gained at the host theatre. Interns should explain how they intend to put what has be learned into practice back in their home countries.

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