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Year-Round Employment

ADF is not currently hiring any year-round positions.

Seasonal Employment

Production Positions (Summer)

Start Date: June 8, 2022
End Date: July 23, 2022

Available positions for 18-plus performance schedule:

  • Technical Director / Carpenter
  • Sound Technician

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to adf@americandancefestival.org

Deadline to apply: Positions open until filled.

Year-Round Internships

SHS Studios and Community Intern

Interns receive academic credit and free class at ADF ’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios!

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org.

Employment dates: Fall and Spring semesters (not required to commit to both terms)
Application deadlines: Fall-June 1, Spring-November 1
Hours: 3-6 hours per week

The Studios and Community intern will work closely with the Manager of Studio Programming and Community Engagement on various organizational and operational projects. Primary responsibilities will include maintaining and organizing program files, tracking attendance, data entry, and assisting with social media updates. Additional responsibilities include facility supervision and light cleaning. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, personable, and excited to be part of ADF’s Studios team.

Development Intern

Interns receive academic credit and free class at ADF ’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios!

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to adf@americandancefestival.org.

Employment dates: Fall and Spring semesters (not required to commit to both terms)
Application deadlines: Fall-June 1, Spring-November 1
Hours: 10 hours per week

The Development intern works closely with the Development Associate, Grants and Development Operations Coordinator, and Executive Director. Main duties include donor correspondence, database entry, reporting, research, and general administrative support for the ADF Development Office. Occasional tasks include special event planning and administrative support for the Executive Office. The Development intern must be detail-oriented, organized, and have strong interpersonal communication skills. They must be able to conduct themselves professionally in communication with donors.

Teaching Opportunities

ADF School Intensives
As a general rule, the ADF School does not accept unsolicited teaching inquiries. We take the selection of faculty seriously and are constantly examining the dance landscape for exemplary educators.

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
If you are interested in teaching a weekly class or a special workshop at ADF’s Studios, please send your performance/teaching resume and proposed class description to studios@americandancefestival.org. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Typically, the weekly class schedule is set several months in advance, and special workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis.

ADF prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

An ADF intern works with a lighting rig on a large stage

Summer Internships

Each summer, ADF offers internships in all areas of arts administration and production. Administrative internships provide hands-on experience for those interested in arts management. Production interns work on the crew for the summer performances

All interns work in an invigorating arts environment, as an integral part of the ADF staff. Each intern plays an important role in carrying out the ADF’s mission to serve dance, dancers, choreographers, and artists in related fields.

Volunteer at ADF

Over the years, ADF volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our community. From answering phones, to distributing marketing material to making airport runs to hosting a faculty member, your help is immeasurable. We invite you to join us and support one of North Carolina’s cultural gems.

Benefits of being an ADF volunteer:

  • Experience ADF as an insider.
  • Meet dancers from around the world.
  • Share your passion for modern dance.
  • Office assistants and events volunteers receive festival tickets. Studios assistants receive free studio drop-in classes along with other perks.

To become an ADF volunteer:
Fill out this quick questionnaire: https://forms.gle/x2pcbo7HxrdN88dH8

If you are interested in being an usher at our performances, please contact Sarah at sbowdoin@americandancefestival.org or 919-684-6402Ushers must attend a brief training and scheduling session prior to the start of the festival.


Volunteer Opportunities


Office Assistant (Year-Round)

8 hours = 1 ticket voucher

Year-round, times flexible between 9am-6pm. 2-4 hour shifts.
Ideal volunteers will be personable, detail-oriented, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer and transfer incoming phone calls.
  • Data entry.
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail.
  • Prepare large mailings.
  • Filing.
  • Check office supplies and report needs to office manager.
  • Assist specific departments as needed.
  • Operate office machines, such as photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
ADF Studios Assistant (Year-Round)
Studios Assistants receive free studio drop-in classes along with other perks.

Once a week. 2-5 hour shifts.

Ideal volunteers will be personable, dependable, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help set up and break down for informal showings.
  • Run check-in for adult and youth classes.
  • Perform simple office tasks.
  • Clean lights.
  • Water plants.
  • Assist Studio Manager as needed.

For more information on specific time needed, contact jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

Events (Summer & Fall)

Event volunteers receive festival tickets: complete 4-8 hours and receive one complimentary festival ticket. (Hours vary between departments).

Assist ADF staff with special dinners, events, and parties. Volunteers may help with decorations, set-up and break down, sending invitations, food service, and more.

With ADF students and performers representing over 40 countries, we need volunteers fluent in multiple languages to translate at tech rehearsals, in press interviews, for the school office, and more.

Distribute promotional materials (season brochures, posters, postcards, etc.) to local merchants, libraries, bars, restaurants, public bulletin boards, and more.

Sell ADF merchandise at theaters before and during intermission of performances. All proceeds support ADF tuition scholarships.

Pick-up and drop-off faculty, international choreographers, performing artists, and VIPS at the airport and transport them to Duke’s East Campus.

Host an ADF Faculty Member (Summer)

We no longer need hosts for the 2022 season. 

Faculty hosts receive six complimentary festival tickets (three pairs)

ADF brings in over 50 faculty members each summer to teach in our world-renowned school. Please consider hosting (free of charge) a dedicated faculty member in the summer for 2 or 4 weeks in June and July.

For more information, contact school@americandancefestival.org