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 18-plus performances of the ADF season featured at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater and Rubenstein Arts Center, and the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham. 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.

2022 Summer Internships

Please check back in December for 2023 details.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2022

Must be available for the duration of the program. Weekend and evening work may be required.

How to Apply: Submit a completed application form, cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to adf@americandancefestival.org. Experience in dance production is preferred for production internships. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by February 18, 2022.

In order to be considered for an internship, individuals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof.

COVID Policies & Protocols

As the situation continues to evolve, ADF’s COVID policies and protocols will be updated in accordance with NC Governor Cooper’s office, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), CDC guidelines, and Duke University. These policies and protocols will change, and we appreciate patience and cooperation. To be successful, we need full participation in risk mitigation protocol from our students, staff, faculty, and parents/guardians. In exchange, we will provide transparent communication and clear updates as changes occur. A complete list of COVID policies and protocols will be available in spring 2022.

Vaccinations & Testing 
In accordance with Duke University’s policies, all ADF students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical or religious exemptions may be available but this cannot be confirmed at this time. Baseline COVID testing of all participants and staff may be required as part of the check-in/move-in process and surveillance testing may continue throughout the summer. 

Masks
ADF and Duke University require masks/face coverings in indoor public spaces for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Masks/face coverings are required for all guests over the age of 5 regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks/face coverings are required at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Reasonable accommodations for guests with medical or behavioral conditions or disabilities will be available through the office of Duke University Disability Management.

 

Production Internships

Program Dates: June 9-July 23, 2022
Please check back in December for 2023 details.
 

Work on the crew for the 18+ performances of the ADF season. Responsibilities will vary from show to show, including stage management, wardrobe, sound, electrics, and carpentry. $1,750 stipend. 

Arts Administration Internships

Program Dates: June 6-July 21, 2022
Please check back in December for 2023 details.

Exact dates vary by department. See internship descriptions below for more details.

ADF arts administration internships are contingent upon passing a criminal background check and completing the Duke University Minors Training Program. 

Positions marked with an asterisk (*) require applicants to provide their own transportation. Interns are expected to be available for the duration of the program.

Archives (June 6-July 21, 2022)

The two archives interns work with the ADF archivist in the documentation of the summer festival and in the preservation of ADF’s historical records. Duties include accompanying the ADF videographer to performances and rehearsals, editing performance video, duplicating and distributing video, assisting with the processing of archival collections, responding to requests from researchers and ADF staff for archival materials, and providing other assistance as needed. An interest in the history and preservation of modern dance, computer experience, attention to detail, and basic knowledge of Premiere (or other video editing software) is required. Experience with videography is useful but not necessary. Evening and weekend work required. $1,500 stipend.

Development & Executive Support (June 6-July 21, 2022) *

The two Development & Executive Support interns work closely with the Director of Grants & Development Operations and the Executive Director. Main duties include special event planning and support, coordinating visits and local transportation for VIP guests, report and proposal writing, prospect research, coordinating ADF tours, designing and managing e-blasts and PowerPoints, and general administrative support. Other responsibilities include donor correspondence and database entry. The interns in this position work closely with ADF community partners to garner and manage in-kind donations for use during the season. The Development & Executive Support interns must be detail-oriented, organized, and have strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks. Interns must also be able to conduct themselves professionally with donors and VIPs and be comfortable in public and social settings. Evening and weekend work required. Business casual attire required. Must be 21 or over, possess a valid driver’s license, and provide their own transportation. $1,500 stipend.

Wyse Finance Internship (June 6-July 21, 2022) *

The Finance intern works closely with the staff in the ADF Finance Office. Duties include generating and analyzing reports, banking, entering data, and preparing statements. May assist in other departments as needed. Experience with Microsoft Excel required. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational skills. Interest in the arts preferred. Some evening and weekend work required. $1,500 stipend.

The Wyse Finance Internship honors Cynthia Wyse following her retirement from ADF in 2021 after 33 seasons.

Merchandising (June 6-July 21, 2022) *

The Merchandising intern will manage day-to-day operations of the ADF Store, which has locations on East Campus and at both theaters. Responsibilities include inventory control, daily/weekly cash reports, and supervision of the scholarship students and volunteers who work in the store and at the theaters. Must be a detail-oriented self-starter, with mathematical proficiency, customer service experience, and a creative eye for visual display. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel required. Evening and weekend work required. $1,500 stipend.

Communications & Marketing (June 6-July 21, 2022) *

The Communications & Marketing intern assists in all aspects of the Communications & Marketing Office, including material distribution, attending photo calls, and coordinating marketing events throughout the Triangle. Responsible for collecting and archiving press clippings and maintaining the press board, as well as other projects as assigned. Will help promote the season via ADF’s social media channels. Also assists with VIP transportation and will assist at the theater merchandise table as needed. Must have excellent writing and editing skills, be creative, flexible, extremely detail-oriented, and work well in a fast-paced environment. Familiarity with graphic design software is a plus. Evening and weekend work required. $1,500 stipend.

Performances (May 31-July 21, 2022) *

The two Performances interns are responsible for fast-paced administrative support for and in coordination of all professional performing companies under the direction of the Performances and Special Projects Coordinator. Ensure timely and clear communication between performing companies, production crew, Footprints program, and relevant ADF departments. Regularly responsible for transporting company members to and from the airport and residency activities. Ideal candidates have great organizational and interpersonal skills, an ability to juggle a variety of tasks in a rapid environment, and an aptitude for detailed work. Must have the flexibility to perform last-minute tasks as necessary. Evening and weekend work required. Experience with Google suite as well as Microsoft Word and Excel required. Must be 21 or over, possess a valid driver’s license, and provide their own transportation. $1,640 stipend.

Special Projects (May 31-July 21, 2022) *

The Special Projects intern provides support to ADF’s International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program and the Movies by Movers program under the direction of the Performances and Special Projects Coordinator. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, transporting ICR participants to and from the airport, completing special store runs, assisting in the preparation and execution of all ICR programming including the ICR rehearsals and showcase, and providing promotional and event support to the Movies by Movers film screenings. Additional projects may be assigned as needed and may include supporting the ADF Fête and performances. Prior stage and/or house management experience is a plus. Must be detail-oriented, organized, and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Evening and weekend work required. Experience with Google suite as well as Microsoft Word and Excel required. Must be 21 or over, possess a valid driver’s license, and provide their own transportation. $1,640 stipend.

Graphic Design (June 2-July 21, 2022)

The Graphic Design intern assists the Graphic Designer on various print projects including but not limited to the creation of ads, programs, flyers, and other marketing and development materials. Web design work can include creating weekly e-blasts as well as assisting with updates on the ADF website. This position also assists the Communications & Marketing department with projects and at events. This fast-paced, deadline-oriented position allows for the opportunity to build an excellent design portfolio. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop required. Some web knowledge is helpful, but not required. Applicants should provide samples of their graphic design work. Evening and weekend work required. $1,570 stipend.

School Operations Intern (June 6-July 21, 2022)

The School Operations Intern assists the School Operations Coordinator with all studio, transportation, equipment, and technical needs for the ADF community. Primary responsibilities include coordinating all studio scheduling and upkeep, equipment distribution, and a large inventory of classroom, event, and technical equipment; coordinating travel for students, faculty, and guests; and assisting other departments with transportation needs. Physical responsibilities include set-up, execution, and breakdown of production/technical needs for school-related events and driving a 12-passenger van. Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has experience in facilities or scheduling, excellent customer service and organizational skills, attention to detail, and Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills. Must be comfortable with a fair amount of daily physical labor. Experience with basic technical equipment for dance studios is a plus. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required. Must be 21 or older and able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival. $1,500 stipend.

Festival Services Intern (June 6-July 21, 2022)

The Festival Services Intern assists the Festival Services Coordinator with providing hospitality services to students, faculty, staff, and guests. Primary responsibilities include coordinating, organizing, and resolving issues for all campus housing, dining, ID cards, keys, and maintenance for the ADF community and assisting in planning and implementing school events and activities. Physical responsibilities include set-up, execution, and breakdown of school-related events and driving a 12-passenger van. Must be able to work independently and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has experience in the hospitality industry or events, excellent customer service and organizational skills, attention to detail, and proficient Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills. Must be comfortable with a fair amount of daily physical labor. Early morning, evening, and weekend work required. Must be 21 or older and able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival. $1,500 stipend.

Program & Administrative Intern (June 2-July 21, 2022)*

The Program & Administrative Intern assists the Director of School Administration and the entire school staff team with the execution of program and administration needs during the festival. Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to students, faculty, and musicians; coordination of school events, showings, and concerts; creating and distributing festival-wide communication; class registration and academic credit support; data support; and basic administrative tasks. Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team and handle concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has experience with events and/or customer service, excellent customer service and organizational skills, great attention to detail, and strong Google Suite and Microsoft Office skills. Early morning, late evening, and weekend work required. Must be 21 or older and able to bring your vehicle with you to the festival. $1,570 stipend.

Studios & Community Engagement (1) (June 1-July 22, 2022) *

The Studios & Community Engagement Intern will work closely with the Manager of Studio Programming and Community Engagement to facilitate summer operations of the year-round studio operated by ADF, including classes, camps, workshops, community outreach, and space reservations. Primary responsibilities will include assisting with logistics for a full roster of summer camps, including planning activities, managing check-in, creating parent packets, coordinating supplies and schedules, tracking attendance, camper supervision, and assisting with social media updates. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and attending community outreach events as needed, studio facility management and supervision, volunteer management, and off-site event or class registration. Must be detail-oriented, adaptable, and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Previous work with children preferred. Evening and weekend work required. $1,640 stipend.

“I would recommend the ADF Administration Internship to others because I’ve had the best summer this year. Getting to work here and take in everything related to dance was amazing and quite the learning experience. It was great working with all of the staff and other interns.”

Katie Reep

Merchandising Intern 2018

“The most beneficial experience for me was attending as many informative events as I possibly could outside of the main stage season ie: China panel, teaching tribute, choreography tribute, ICR concert, etc., and furthermore, volunteering to help with said events when possible. Doing so not only helped to further my understanding and appreciation of ADF’s rich history, but also that of modern dance as a whole.”

Anna Longenecker

Development and Executive Support Intern 2018

Interns standing with shirts that honor faculty member Gerri Houlihan
Production Interns posing in the theater

All interns receive:

  • Tickets: Interns receive one complimentary ticket to each program in the ADF season, which features over 18 performances by the top dance companies from around the world.
  • 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: Each production intern receives a $1,750 stipend. Administrative Intern stipends vary. See application and descriptions above for details.

Additionally, Administrative Interns can participate in:

  • Classes: All administrative interns may take one class through the AF Summer Intensive Program, which includes more than 20 classes a day. Learn more about Summer Dance Intensive Classes and Faculty.
  • Discussions: Administrative interns may attend panel discussions with artists and scholars, seminars, lectures, and informal showings throughout the summer.
  • Intern Showcase: Administrative interns will have the opportunity to choreograph and/or perform in an informal showing during the summer.

Life at ADF

 

Housing and 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 required to purchase a parking permit to park on Duke University’s East Campus. Price TBD by Duke University.
  • 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.
Staff Supervision

Sarah Tondu, Managing Director, directs the intern program. Interns are supervised by the ADF staff member of their chosen department. ADF maintains a permanent year-round staff of twelve that expands as the summer season approaches.

ADF’s Production Manager, David Ferri, directs the production internship program. David Ferri is the Lighting Designer and Technical Director at Vassar College. He has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Jane Comfort, Eiko and Koma, David Rousseve and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996. Recipient of 1987-1988 Bessie Award for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 “Bessie” Award for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design, Mr. Ferri was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 in NYC from 1985-1991.

A Day in the Life of a Production Intern

by Production Inter Yuta Kataoka

My name is Yuta Kataoka and I am a senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I am majoring in Liberal Arts Multidisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Dance Production Management and Hospitality Management. This summer at the American Dance Festival being a production intern was the best learning experience I could have ever wished for. Every week we worked about two shows while working with professional companies and their production crews. Throughout the summer I was able to connect with these people in the industry. I got to work with a group of talented interns and crewmembers who are also aspiring to enter the dance world. Working as a production intern helped me understand what it is like to work in this industry and it made me want to keep working in this profession.

I was fortunate enough to experience most of the elements that are included when working in the theatre; deck crew, wardrobe, rail, light board operator, sound board operator, lighting design, and stage management. As we work on the shows throughout the summer, the production crew comes together and anything is possible; from making it rain in the theatre to laying down and taking up the marley floor within ten minutes during the show.

7:00am – Get ready for the day!
8:00am – Dance class of the day.
10:00am – Head to assigned theatre.
10:15am – Arrive at theatre.
10:30am – Coffee Break!
10:45am – Back to work.
12:30pm – Lunch break!
1:30pm – Continue cueing, spiking the floor, assisting
3:45pm – Break time
4:00pm – Run through pieces
6:00pm – Dinner break!
7:00pm – Dress rehearsal
9:00pm – Clean up and set up for top of the show tomorrow
10:00pm – The company leaves the theatre and we do one last sweep.

About ADF

The American Dance Festival – held in Durham, North Carolina – is an international dance festival that attracts students, faculty, performers, and choreographers from around the world. 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, the Rubenstein Arts Center and Page Auditorium on Duke University, Durham Performing Arts Center, and various local venues. Learn more about Downtown Durham here!

An ADF intern working on a computer

Looking for Year-Round Internships?

Interns in the fall and spring semester can help in our office and studios. They can receive academic credit and free class at ADF ’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios!