Internships and Careers

The theater program at Lake Forest College prepares students for a wide range of careers - from performance to public relations to management (in or outside of the arts). Theater majors learn how to express themselves, communicate ideas creatively and work effectively on teams to produce complex projects.

Career Pathways

Given the wide-ranging career options available to theater majors, the Lake Forest College Career Pathways are especially important.  The Career Pathways are five career communities designed to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join, check these out:

  • Stage Manager – Creative Arts
  • Teacher – Law and Public Service
  • Performer – Creative Arts
  • Public Policy Advocate – Law and Public Service
  • Health Care Administrator – Science and Health Care
  • Entrepreneur – Business and Finance or Build Your Own
  • PR/Media Associate –Creative Arts

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 

Past internships include:

  • About Face Theatre
  • Bailiwick Theatre
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Court Theatre
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Lookingglass Theatre
  • Second City
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • The Goodman Theatre
  • Victory Gardens Theater
  • Writers’ Theatre 


Common Titles for Graduates:

  • Account Manager
  • Artist/Performer/Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur/CEO
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Production Coordinator
  • PR/Media Associate
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher

Career Pathways

Theater majors most often find a home in the Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.