Applications open for We Are Nebraska internship

Applications open for We Are Nebraska internship

calendar icon15 Aug 2019    

Lincoln, Neb.--Applications are now open for a new internship opportunity for University of Nebraska–Lincoln students of all majors titled WE ARE NEBRASKA Interns.

WE ARE NEBRASKA is a revolutionary internship program that trains students who have shown a commitment to grow as Inclusive & Diverse leaders using a hybrid of APPLIED IMPROV and APPLIED THEATRE. 

A group of diverse students explore personal and emotional stories with social impact, then present them across campus to inspire, educate and entertain students, the university community and the state of Nebraska.

The internship will pay $10/hour with a committment of six hours per week. The group will meet twice a week for three hours each with no less than two shows per semester.

Interested students should apply at Applications and references are due by Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Interviews will be held in September.

For more information or questions about the internship or the application, please contact WE ARE NEBRASKA Director and Facilitator Julie Uribe at

The group will comprise of 12 students and include, but is not limited to:

• Different majors (may be grad or undergrad

• Variety of racial identity, gender identity and sexual orientation

• Different socioeconomic class background

• Different religions and beliefs

• Immigrants and refugees

• Past addiction issues

• Mental health challenges

The desired characteristics for interns are:

• No performance experience is necessary

• Willing to present theatrical vignettes in front of a large group

• Passionate about telling your personal story to the university community and beyond

• Have a track record as a leader and/or active committee member

• Strong interpersonal communication skills

• Ability and/or open to relating to diverse groups

• Team player

• Committed to learning and communication

Internship benefits:

• $10/hour, six hours a week

• Incredible personal and professional growth as a diverse leader and collaborator

• Increase communication skills

• Increase listening skills

• Improve negotiating skills

• Boost confidence

• Opportunity for healing

Applied improvisation is the application of improvisational methods in various fields like consulting, facilitating, teaching, coaching, researching, generating or evolving ideas and designs, theatrical training and playing, medical and therapeutic settings or in social work.

Applied Theatre is the practice of theatre and drama in non-traditional settings and/or with marginalized communities. It encompasses theatre practices that tackle areas of social and cultural policy such as public health, education, housing, social, welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice. The hybrid approach of APPLIED IMPROVISATION AND APPLIED THEATRE provides the students with:

Leadership skills - How can you lead without knowing who you are? These emerging leaders will gain self awareness and know how to tell a story - especially their own! They will learn the power of descriptive storytelling that influence and transform an audience.

Crucial collaborative experiences - Students bond and work with others who have experienced barriers/oppression very different than their own. Interns will learn techniques that foster trust upon which every great relationship is built.

Communication skills - The students gain developed skills in facilitating dialogue and instigating change toward social justice which will be key during the Q & A’s after each performance.

Confidence - Improv has been called “the key to success” for future leaders. The ability to adapt, think flexibly and apply “Yes, and...” is universally agreed the #1 skill to survive in the 21 century.

Healing - Listening is one of the key principles of improv and nothing in the world feels better than being heard! Not only will the interns feel energized after the opportunity to authentically and expressively tell their story and that of their peers, but they will have inspired empathy from their audiences.