Urbanity Dance Internships

Undergraduate and Graduate 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 dance non-profit organization. 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. Please view individual internships below to see current deadlines and open positions. While all interns become familiar with each of our three pillars (Company, School and Community), there are internship opportunities available in specific departments. 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.

 

Music Composition for Baby Dance  (0-3)

Open for Fall 2018 until September 30th

  • Contact: Betsi Graves, Founder and Artistic Director, betsi@urbanitydance.org

  • Projects may include:

    • Assessment of currently-used songs in baby dance classes

    • Collaboration with dance teaching artists, babies, and parents to create and implement music and melodies that inspires movement

    • Design and implement strategies to evaluate effectiveness of music choices existing baby classes

Solid skills in: a variety of composition techniques, instrumentation, and orchestration, ability to translate  ideas into music, willingness to collaborate and process and address constant feedback, working both independently and collaboratively, applying an organization’s mission to music 

Who Loves:  working with babies ages 0-3, music as the inspiration for movement, creating music that  fosters empathy, compassion and respect

 

Interior Design/Facilities Internship

Open for Fall 2018 until September 30th

  • Contact: Betsi Graves, Founder and Artistic Director, betsi@urbanitydance.org

  • Projects may include:

    • Re-designing Urbanity’s exterior and interior studios and spaces to create a welcoming, safe space that inspires dance and movement

    • Assisting contractors with various facilities projects

    • Working on organizational projects to create more functional space usage

Solid skills in: architectural and/or interior design, ability to translate ideas into sketches, willingness to shadow contractors, able to physically move large objects, space organization and management, working both independently and collaboratively, applying an organization’s mission to it’s physical space

Who Believes:  making public spaces visually appealing and functional, creating spaces that inspire artists and dancers, as well as fosters empathy, compassion and respect

 

Education Internship

Open for Fall 2018 until September 30th

  • Contact: Casey Kemp, Education Coordinator, casey@urbanitydance.org

  • Projects may include:

    • Expanding our financial aid program, providing assistance and registering families who are unable to afford the cost of dance classes

    • Taking an active role in helping administratively: registering students, answering inquiries, and serving as a friendly face of the organization

    • Auditing attendance for both Youth and Adult programs to ensure make up policies are effective and reports are consistent

    • Compose, schedule and distribute school wide communication

Solid skills in: Google suit and Excel, customer service

Amazing at: communicating verbally to groups of people; 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

  

Design & Marketing Internship

Open for Spring 2019

  • Contact: jason@urbanitydance.org

  • Amazing at: writing, editing, and research; web applications and social media platforms; articulating ideas; photo, or video skills highly desired; advertising, design (InDesign/Photoshop) or marketing campaign experience and/or arts administration experience a plus

  • Who Loves: storytelling in all forms; the performing arts - an interest in dance a plus; connecting people

  • Projects may include:

    • Helping to create/design media across all platforms (design experience is a plus)

    • Content production for eblasts and newsletters

    • Content production for press releases; tracking coverage; and conducting media research

    • 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

  • Additional Application Materials: Please send your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Scherpf: stephanie@urbanitydance.org. Applicants can include links to an online portfolio and/or or writing samples (blog post, social media campaign, class assignment, research paper, etc.) for consideration.

Fundraising/Grants: Development Internship

Open for Fall 2018 until September 30th

  • Contact: Stephanie Scherpf, stephanie@urbanitydance.org

  • Projects may include:

    • Research grant and foundation opportunities

    • Assist with grant writing

    • Research corporate sponsorship opportunities

    • Individual donor research data management in Salesforce

    • Assistance with Development events

    • Other Development projects as assigned

Amazing at: going on Google scavenger hunts, being an Internet sleuth, research, writing, treading uncharted territory

Who Loves: working independently, having a clearly defined project, having something tangible to present at the end of an internship, leaving a legacy, making an impact

 

Community/Education Internship

Open for Fall 2018 until September 30th

  • Contact: Leilani Ricardo, Director of Education, leilani@urbanitydance.org

    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

    • Projects may include:

    • Coordinating, assisting, and engaging the participants of our Dance With Parkinson’s and Movement Mends community outreach programs

    • Jumping behind-the-scenes and helping administratively: registering students, answering inquiries, and serving as a friendly face of the organization

    • Expanding our financial aid program, providing assistance and registering families who are unable to afford the cost of dance classes

    • Creating professional proposals and budgets for community programing

    • Coordinating exciting new community and school events

    • Initiating and developing relationships with community organizations and schools

    • Interviewing, surveying and connecting with populations we serve in the community

    • Learning to build curriculum and class plans based in research

    • Building your own community and school workshops in a variety of ages and styles with guidance of experienced Urbanity Community and School faculty

     

    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.

    Testimonials:

    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