Urbanity Dance Internships

Fall & Spring Internships: Please see below for a complete list.

College students interested in pursuing careers in Arts Administration are encouraged to apply. Interns will play an active, direct, hands on role in the continued growth and evolution of this new dance company. Internships are unpaid.

As an Urbanity Dance Intern, you will:

  • Combine artistry, passion, and growth
  • Be a part of a team on the brink of something new
  • Receive on-the-job training
  • Work alongside professional staff both independently and collaboratively
  • Gain hands-on experience in arts administration
  • Immerse yourself in a creative environment

Interns receive:

  • Complimentary dance classes
  • Tickets to performances
  • An eye-opening and sometimes life-changing experience about what happens behind the scenes of a quickly accelerating nonprofit dance organization.

To apply:

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. 

While all interns become familiar with each of our three pillars, there are 8 specific internship opportunities available. When applying, please specify in your cover letter the internship you would like to apply for.  

Please email a resume and cover letter to associated emails below. If interested in more than one internship, please indicate on the cover letter. Please check each internship description for any additional lists of application requirements.

1.) Marketing & Communications Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: Michelle Thomas, Marketing/Communications Manager, michelle@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include:
    • Aiding in Creating/managing communications strategies for all three pillars of Urbanity Dance (Company, School, Community) including quarterly inbound plans, publicity calendars, evaluating data, identifying target audiences, online and print advertising purchases, etc.
    • Content production for press releases; tracking coverage; and conducting media research
    • Content production for eblasts and newsletters
    • Contributing to social media content, online and print advertisements, and printed collateral
    • Growing our audience through social media, events, and other engagement opportunities
    • Cataloging/archiving photo, video, press, and promotional materials
    • ensuring brand consistency and connectivity across all channels
    • developing inventive or experimental marketing campaigns
  • Amazing at: writing, editing, and research; web applications and social media platforms; articulating ideas; graphic design, photo, or video skills highly desired. Advertising, communications or marketing campaign experience and/or arts administration experience a plus. 
  • Who Loves: storytelling in all forms; quirky work days; the performing arts - an interest in dance a plus; going above and beyond; connecting people; chocolate; coffee
  • Additional Application Materials: Please submit a writing sample that showcases your creativity and your ability to succinctly discuss ideas. This can be a blog post, graded paper, article from a student newspaper, press release, e-newsletter, etc. Additional samples may be requested. . Please be prepared to discuss your ideas on what the future of Urbanity's marketing & communications activities might look like (feel free to be wild and inventive!). Applicants are also welcome to include links to online portfolio, video reel, or past projects as relevant. 

2.) Videography or Photography Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: Michelle Thomas, Marketing/Communications Manager, Michelle@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include: 
    • Working with the Artistic Director, dancers, and creative team to stage, produce, edit, and archive photo and video.
    • Pioneering a cutting-edge approach to dance documentation, imaging, branding. The sky is the limit for this collaboration.
  • Amazing at: being a creative contributor; noticing details; questioning and drawing attention to undiscovered beauty; collaborating effectively
  • Who Loves: photo and/or video; pushing boundaries; the process as much as the product; storytelling, dance, arts and/or arts education; large coffees; drawing with chalk
  • Additional Application Materials: Please submit a sample of your best work, whether it be photography or video, both if you like. Something that showcases your ability to tell stories, create beautiful images, and view things uniquely. 


3.) Fundraising/Grants: Development Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: Marco Paulo Carneiro, Director of Operations, marco@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include: 
    • Research and catalogue grants and foundation opportunities
    • Assist the full Urbanity team in writing grants that seem appropriate
    • Work with management team, staff and Board, to develop 1 and 3 year strategy for grant-writing and foundations
  • Amazing at: going on Google scavenger hunts, being an Internet sleuth, research, writing, treading uncharted territory
  • Who Loves: working independently, having a clearly defined independent project, having something tangible to present at the end of an internship, leaving a legacy, making an impact


4.) Fundraising/Individuals: Development Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: Marco Paulo Carneiro, Director of Operations, marco@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include: 
    • Database organization through Salesforce, mailing list, making sure things are moved over and checking for accuracy 
    • Learning about Active and MindBody student programming software
    • Learning about nonprofit budget and financial management through Quickbooks
  • Interested in: learning more about arts management, non-profit management and/or arts administration
  • Who Loves: analytics, spreadsheets, statistics/data, details, multiple choice tests better than essay tests


5.) Community/Education Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: lison Merrill, Director of Education, alison@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include: 
    • Educational program planning & curriculum documentation
    • Interview and survey populations we serve in the community 
    • Research and help develop relationships with schools and community organizations
    • Initiate community engagement and partnership development under guidance of supervisor
    • Shadow experienced community and school workshop teachers, growing towards leading your own workshops
    • Assisting Urbanity teachers in our own school
    • Jumping behind-the-scenes and helping administratively with the Summer Intensive
  • Amazing at: communicating verbally to groups of people; sharing and teaching knowledge; working with people; radiating light and love
  • Who Believes: dance is a powerful tool for healing and bringing people together; dance is for all; dance can save lives and heal communities

6.) Interior Design Internship - accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Contact: Betsi Graves, Director, director@urbanitydance.org 
  • Projects may include:
    • Help a fun and creative dance leadership nest in their physical environment
  • Amazing at: nesting, making things beautiful, organizing other people's "stuff," craftiness factor, spatial awareness
  • Loves: making spaces beautiful, leaving an imprint on a physical space, making people feel at home in their space

General Details:

Although the internships are focused in one of the above categories, opportunities to learn and crossover to other departments exists and often occurs. At the end of the internship, it is our goal that each intern has a general idea of what running a dance company is like, everything from Marketing, Development, Finance, Production, Special Event Planning, Facilities Maintenance and Database Management. 

Although Urbanity's internship is unpaid, some colleges offer academic credit for internships, and we can assist in any necessary paperwork to make that possible.


Previous Urbanity interns have benefited from the experience of building resume and being an integral part of the business team for a growing dance company.  Several interns have gone on to paid positions with Urbanity upon graduation. Interns also receive access to Urbanity's network, recommendations, and references for future work.

“An internship with Urbanity dance was a combination of artistry, passion, and growth. It let me into a pivotal stage of growth not only for the company, but also for my own understanding of what it means to propel the dream of contemporary dance forward -- in the Boston area and beyond. This was far from a mechanical employment opportunity, fraught with filing papers and loading information into a database. Ideas unfolded, reassembled, compressed and re-formed as I met with inspiring dancers and followers of Urbanity throughout my term. Working for Urbanity was like finding myself in the heart of a budding flower, a place where intricacy and beauty go hand in hand. I could discuss the blog entries, administrative work and marketing lessons I learned while with Urbanity, but to do so would take away from this overall message: To work with Urbanity is to find your skills unfurl alongside the most cutting edge aesthetic that Boston has produced in the world of dance.”

"To the future interns at Urbanity, I wish you the same experience that so deeply touched my consciousness. My internship may have ended, but this is a company I will continue to love long after my keys to the office are turned in.”
Kristen House, Urbanity Summer Intern, 2010