Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring an Accounting Intern

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a full-time Accounting Intern. Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Amy Weaver, Finance Manager, at Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Subject line should read: [YOUR LAST NAME], Accounting Intern. Your email should include an attached PDF resume and one-page cover letter. No phone calls, please. 

Full-Time Accounting Intern Job Description 

Cleveland Public Theatre has a unique opportunity for a curious and enthusiastic person to learn not-for-profit accounting and financial management as a full-time intern at a progressive and growing arts organization. CPT management staff is excited to teach these skills and to mentor potential future small-business leaders. We hope an intern will also learn how to contribute to a sustainable, lively, and equitable office culture. CPT management believes that finance work supports artistic excellence and community engagement and highly values the contribution staff make to those goals. This position will also include exposure to a wide range of other departments, including marketing, fundraising, and theatrical production.  


The Accounting intern will learn the following skills: 

  • Basic bookkeeping using Intuit QuickBooks Online 
  • Organization, prioritization, and management of tasks and schedule 
  • Reading and evaluation of standard financial statements 
  • An understanding of how accounting and financial management are practically applied in the day-to-day decision-making for a not-for-profit performing arts organization 
  • How to independently organize and research a financial project (e.g. alternate operational software solutions) 
  • Organization, prioritization, and management of tasks and schedule 
  • Office communications and working as a team  


The Accounting intern will be expected to do the following: 

  • Entry of account payables into QuickBooks  
  • Preparation of weekly bill payment recommendations and execution of payments 
  • Organizing vendor and payables files 
  • Managing vendors and vendor bills 
  • Entry of bank deposits 
  • Reconciliation of asset accounts and credit card accounts 
  • Financial research and projects as proposed by the intern 
  • Participation in staff meetings and trainings as availability allows 

Dates: This full-time, paid internship starts June 15, 2023, with an intended end date in June 2024 and options to extend. 

Compensation: Full time; $14-$16.50 per hour, commensurate with experience, plus medical benefits. 


  • Medical, dental, and vision plans (HSA-compatible) 
  • Paid vacation days and paid time off for holidays 
  • Free tickets to all Cleveland Public Theatre, Teatro Público de Cleveland, and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi productions. 
  • Free tickets to Pandemonium, CPT’s annual fundraising extravaganza. 
  • Participation in “First Fridays”, CPT’s “lunch and learn” mentorship program where staff members get to engage with staff members of all-levels to encourage advancement. 
  • A relaxing view of Lake Erie from our rooftop offices. 

Skills, Qualities, And Experience 

  • Basic knowledge of payment tools including checks, credit cards, and electronic fund transfers for personal or business activities 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy and comfortable working with numbers 
  • Comfortable with electronic communications and learning new software 
  • Ability to work efficiently and calmly in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • A team player: positive attitude, flexible, and eager to learn 
  • Candidates with formal classwork in accounting & bookkeeping will be highly considered 
  • Experience organizing school or community projects or working on theatre productions will be highly considered. 

About Cleveland Public Theatre 

CPT is an internationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Our mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through our theatrical season, featuring between 8-10 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi. CPT also annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.5 million a year and has 23 full-time staff members. 

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