Arts Administration Internships

Application deadline February 3, 2017.

For Internship descriptions and application instructions, click here

The American Dance Festival is an international dance festival that attracts students, faculty, performers, and choreographers from around the world. ADF interns will work alongside ADF staff and personnel, gaining hands-on experience in a fast-paced international arts environment. In addition to their daily responsibilities, interns will attend weekly seminars on relevant issues in the arts with guest speakers from a range of arts organizations representing different aspects of the field, as well as lunches with members of the ADF permanent staff.

ADF is held in Durham, North Carolina. The studios and administrative offices are spread across Duke University’s East Campus. Performances by visiting dance companies occur in Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke University’s West Campus, Durham Performing Arts Center, and various local venues.

Learn more about Downtown Durham here!

2016 Seminar speakers included:

  • Art Waber: President of Artsource Management, LLC
  • Michelle Pearson: Artistic Curator, Black Box Dance Theater
  • Charles L Reinhart: Director Emeritus, American Dance Festival
  • Ragen Carlile: VP of Education & Community Programs, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County

Benefits of being an Arts Administration Intern:

  • Classes: All interns may take one class through the ADF Six Week School, which includes more than 40 classes a day.
  • Tickets: Interns receive one complimentary ticket to each program in the ADF season, which features over 35 performances by the top dance companies from around the world.
  • Discussions: Interns may attend panel discussions with artists and scholars, seminars, lectures, and informal showings throughout the summer.
  • Academic Credit: Please contact your university’s career center for this information. ADF will fill out any necessary forms for the completion of credit.
  • Stipend: All interns receive a stipend; amount varies by position $1,150-$1,525.
  • Additional activities are available as work schedules permit.

Staff Supervision

Cynthia Wyse, Director of Finance and Administration, directs the intern program. Interns are supervised by the ADF staff member of their chosen department. ADF maintains a permanent year-round staff of fourteen that expands as the summer season approaches.

Housing & Transportation

Interns are responsible for their own transportation, food, and housing. All interns must have a valid driver’s license. A car is needed for some internships (please read internship descriptions to know which positions require this). Interns will be charged $40 for a Duke University parking permit. Apartments and rooms are available for rent or sublet in the local area, and it is the intern’s responsibility to arrange accommodation. More information about housing resources will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Program Dates

The dates for the 2017 Arts Administration internship are June 5 – July 30, unless otherwise specified. Please see the position descriptions for exact dates. All interns are expected to be available for the duration of the program.

For Internship descriptions and application instructions, click here

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