Internships and Fellowships in the Arts

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Fellowships

DeVos Institute for Arts Management 

Fellowship Location: Washington, DC 
Applications Deadline:  December 15, 2017

Led by Institute Founder, Michael M. Kaiser, and President, Brett Egan, the global arts management Fellowship provides personalized training and support for executives from around the world

The program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world through a competitive application process. Fellows attend a four-week residency in Washington, D.C. each summer for three consecutive years and receive ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies. Applicants must currently serve as an executive or department head within an arts or cultural organization and have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization.  Since 2001, the Fellowship has served over 200 managers from 55 countries. 

For more information and application instructions, click here

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. It operates on the premise that while much is spent to train artists, too little is spent to support the managers and boards who keep those artists at work. Founded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2001, the DeVos Institute transitioned to the University of Maryland in 2014, where it continues to offer support to individuals, organizations, and—in collaboration with foundations and governments—to communities of organizations around the world.

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Intercultural Leadership Institute

Fellowship Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: January 17, 2018

We are excited to release the application guidelines for the second cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA'I Foundation.

As leaders of these organizations, we have grown together, built trust with one another time over time and developed a shared analysis of the need for a leadership program of, by and for the artists and culture bearers in our communities. ILI is the result of our collaborative effort and we invite you to spread the word and encourage great potential candidates to apply for the 2018-19 cohort. Thank you!

For more information, click here.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
Fellowship Location: Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Hodder Fellow Opportunity

Open to artists demonstrating “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts” to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-2019 academic year and receive an $81,000 stipend for the 10-month engagement. Fellows are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Fellowships are for one academic year and provide the opportunity to pursue an independent project. No teaching is required. For an in-depth description and application specifications/instructions for the Hodder Fellowship please, click here.

Princeton University Arts Fellows (PAF) 
Princeton Arts Fellows, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. We will be accepting applications in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Applicants should be early career artists who would find it beneficial to spend two 10-month academic years (2018-2019 and 2019-2020) working in an artistically vibrant university community. 

An $81,000 salary for each year is included. Fellows will be interacting with our students, faculty and staff as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but Fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year. Princeton Arts Fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions at other institutions for the duration of the fellowship. For an in-depth description and application specifications/instructions for the Princeton Arts Fellowship please click here

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Internships

CityDance

Internship Location: Tenleytown, Washington, DC

CityDance is a non-profit organization recognized as an arts and education leader throughout the DC metropolitan area. With its mission to transform lives and communities through dance, CityDance produces and presents world-class dance; trains young dancers for professional careers; and uses dance to prepare youth for academic, professional, and personal success.

Fall Photography and Marketing Intern 
(Ideal for College junior) 
Late August to Early December 2017

Qualifications

  • Interest in the arts
  • Strong grammar and proofreading skills
  • Photography background 

Responsibilities 

  • Photographing CityDance master classes and events 
  • Blog updating 
  • Social Media posting 

Fall 2017 CityDance Public Relations/Social Media Intern 
Late Aug 2017- Early December 2017  

Qualifications:

  • Interest in non-profits and the arts 
  • Social Media Savvy 
  • Pursuing a degree in Communication, Journalism or Marketing 

Day to Day:

  • Post on social media outlets
  • Help draft press releases
  • Post calendar advisories
  • Attend Marketing Meetings and help with marketing campaigns
  • Grassroots marketing
Long Term Project:
  • Create a social media plan that promotes CityDance's Capital Campaign 
  • Create a digital CityDance Press Kit 

Please contact Megan Piluk, meganpiluk@citydance.net, if you are interested in either position. 

The Dance Complex

Internship Location: Cambridge, MA

Each season, The Dance Complex offers several focused internship opportunities for students and young professionals seeking experience in the arts and arts administration. Interns will work within a dance community that brings accessible, artistic opportunities to dancers throughout the greater Boston area. All intern positions are designed for new professionals to kickstart their career in arts administration, marketing, programming, event planning, and/or dance production/operations.

In addition to assisting staff, interns may choose to plan and execute independent projects within the focus of their internship, formed from their own artistic and academic interests. Interns are compensated with free classes and rehearsal space at The Dance Complex to develop and refine their own dance experience.

All internships include assistance with general administrative responsibilities as well as time at the front desk reception each week to ensure that all interns have the opportunity to connect with our community members.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the following seasons:
Fall (September - December)
Winter/Spring (January - May)
Summer (June - August)

Areas of focus: 
Social Media/Communications 
Special Events
Non-Profit Arts Administration 
Production/Performance Series 

For more information click here. For questions please email Kara Fili.

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Gibney Dance

Internship Location: New York, NY

Earn free dance classes with some of the field's most exciting teachers while gaining exposure to a fast-paced arts-administration environment at Gibney Dance! Through ongoing managerial support and feedback, as well as other professional development activities, our internship program strives to provide the next generation of arts and non-profit leaders the skills and knowledge necessary to advance to the most pressing issues facing their chosen fields today.

For more information on daily responsibilities, click hereTo apply for a Center Internship, please send a resume and brief statement of interest with the subject line: “Center Internship, Your Name” here.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Internship Location: Chicago, IL

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offers rich and stimulating internship opportunities for college and graduate students seeking experience in administration, artistic administration, videography, lighting, education, development, and marketing. Hubbard Street provides interns interested in dance and arts management the experience of working behind the scenes in one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Interns work with Hubbard Street’s administrative and artistic staff to build knowledge, experience, and confidence in arts management. Interns have the opportunity to work at the theater when the company is performing in Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and see company performances. While these positions do not offer any financial compensation, unless otherwise noted, all interns are welcome to take an unlimited number of free classes at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. For more information click here

Applicants for the Hubbard Street Internship Program must:

  • Have completed at least one year of college
  • Be available for a minimum of twenty hours per week
  • Possess strong written and verbal skills
  • Be knowledgeable of Microsoft Office programs
  • Have excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Possess the ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • College credit is available as arranged by your college or university. Internships are offered for semester, full-year and summer sessions.

Applicants interested in the Hubbard Street Internship Program must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Internship Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Please send all materials to:
Krista Ellensohn, Manager of Pre-Professional Programs
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
f: 312-455-8240

No phone calls please! 

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Mark Morris Dance Group 

Internship Location: Brooklyn, NY

The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is seeking qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in gaining Arts Administration experience. Internships are currently available in these areas of concentration: Development, Education, Marketing, Operations, and Dance for PD.

While internships are typically based within one department, participants will get a broad view of the overall workings of the organization through their involvement with various special projects and events.

Qualifications:

  • Superb attention to detail and time management skills
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills (English)
  • Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, and general internet proficiency
  • Ability to act responsibly, reliably, and efficiently within an office environment
  • Interest in working in the dance, music, theater, or performing arts industry
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Benefits:

  • Unlimited dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center
  • Access to Wellness Center fitness equipment and mat area
  • Discounted Master Classes, workshops, and pre-professional intensives (subject to availability)
  • $10/hour subsidized studio rental rate
  • Discount on premium dancewear and MMDG merchandise in The Store
  • Discount at neighborhood Community Perks partners

Please email questions.

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New York City Ballet

Internship Location: New York, NY

The New York City Ballet's (NYCB) Membership Department seeks an enthusiastic and responsible individual who has a strong interest in development, patron relations, database management, and research to serve as the Department's Membership Intern for the Winter and/or Spring Season.  

Responsibilities will include:

  • Patron relations: assisting patrons with annual membership renewal, correspondence through NYCB Member emails and responding when necessary, checking messages, referring calls to other departments, troubleshooting.
  • Benefit Fulfillment: coordinating acknowledgments with Membership Assistant, mailing premiums, brochures, and welcome packages, maintaining stock of premiums and related materials.
  • Sending out daily mail.
  • RSVP lists for events and seminars.
  • Database list management.
  • Assisting with drafting and proofing of copy for acquisitions/appeals.
  • Coordinating mass mailings with the Volunteer Department.
  • Keeping supplies and forms replenished and stored.
  • Assisting with printing and organizing invitations, letters and labels for mailings.
  • Occasionally assisting with other needs or events for Patron Advancement, Corporate, and/or Special Events.
  • Providing general administrative support to Development as needed.

The ideal intern will possess the following:

  • A professional demeanor, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Database experience preferred (Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge, etc.).  

This internship is unpaid. However, benefits include access to ballet performances and special events for patrons. Office dress is business casual during the business day and formal for Special Events. Desired time commitment is at least three full-time days per week with flexibility to schedule.  Academic credit may be arranged. Interested applicants should email their resume with Membership Intern in the subject line.

NYC Ballet is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Richmond Ballet

Internship Location: Richmond, VA

Richmond Ballet is hiring interns for the 2017-2018 Season. The following intern positions will be full time and will include a weekly stipend. Housing will also be available. Applicants should email their cover letter and resume to Gretchen.

Reception and Box Office Intern

Beginning LATE AUG/EARLY SEPTEMBER 2017: This intern position will work at the receptionist desk and in the box office. Primary duties include answering phone calls, assisting patrons, processing ticket orders, data entry, etc.

Costume Production Intern

Beginning EARLY AUGUST 2017: This intern position will work with the Costume Production team to organize, repair, and create costumes and props for the professional company, the School of Richmond Ballet, and Minds In Motion. This position will work in the costume shop, warehouse, and also backstage during productions.

Technical Production Intern

Beginning MID AUGUST 2017: This intern position will work with the Technical Production team to organize, repair, and create all technical aspects (lighting, sound, sets, etc.) for the professional company, the School of Richmond Ballet, and Minds In Motion. This position will work in the office, wood shop, warehouse, and also backstage during productions.

Education Programs Administrative Intern

Beginning LATE AUG/EARLY SEPTEMBER 2017: This intern position will work with the School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion. Primary duties will include date entry, filing, graphic design, and communicating important information to families and school administrators of participating students.

Graphic Design Intern

Beginning LATE AUG/EARLY SEPTEMBER 2017- This intern position will work with the Marketing Department. Primary duties will include creating ads for newspaper and magazine, online ads, posters, counter cards, performance programs, updating the website and social media.

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Urban Bush Women

Internship Location: Brooklyn, NY

Urban Bush Women seeks Office Management Interns. For more information and how to apply click here

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* postings updated as of October 11, 2017.