Annah Feinberg has a much-commented-upon blog post on HowlRound about the “dark side” of theatrical internships:
One of the plays at one of the theaters that I interned for had two dogs in it. These dogs cost $800 per week to employ (including their handlers, personal dressing rooms, and trainers). The dogs came on stage for less than a minute in the second act to walk in a circle around the stage and demonstrate the wealth and eccentricity of the characters. At this time, there were fourteen interns employed by the theater, about half of which were working full time. The full-time interns made $50 a week, the part-timers made nothing.