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. 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.

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:

  • Free dance classes

  • Tickets to performances

  • One free piece of Urbanity merch

  • 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.

Company Internship

Open for Fall 2019

Contact: Cayley Christoforou, Artistic Operations Manager, cayley@urbanitydance.org

Projects may include:

  • Manage inquiries from teaching artists and corporate event clients

  • Event/Production development and management

  • Assist in planning company performances and working with other staff members

  • Organizing and managing costumes for company performances

Amazing at: Organization and working quickly yet effectively. Working in a team environment. Multi-tasking. Writing and communication. Adaptable and flexible. Building personal relationships and providing customer oriented service. Interacting with wide range of patrons, professionals, and audience members.

Who Loves:  Arts administration and creative thinking, passion for dance and performing arts.

Marketing & Design Intern

Open for Fall 2019

Contact: Jason Leonhard, Marketing & Communications Manager, jason@urbanitydance.org

Projects may include: 

  • Design and send email blasts, physical mailers, postcards, posters, and flyers

  • Content creation for digital & print

  • Update and maintain our website

  • Researching and implementing new marketing strategies with the Marketing & Communications Manager

  • Draft ideas for new merchandise and other creative projects.

Knowledge of Adobe Suite a plus, but not required. A great opportunity for those looking to explore graphic design and a variety of other marketing projects.

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to jason@urbanitydance.org. Additional materials, such as portfolios with any past design/photo work are helpful but not required.

Digital Media Intern

Open for Fall 2019

Contact: Jason Leonhard, Marketing & Communications Manager, jason@urbanitydance.org

Projects may include: 

  • Design and send email blasts, physical mailers, postcards, posters, and flyers

  • Content creation for digital & print

  • Update and maintain our website

  • Create photo and video content for baby, youth, adult programming

  • Coordinate interviews with various members of the Urbanity community

  • Brainstorm new photo and video content

  • In collaboration with the Marketing & Communications Manager, work to identify/craft narratives throughout the Urbanity community to share with our audience

A great opportunity for those looking to explore videography and photography, along with a variety of other marketing projects. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to jason@urbanitydance.org. Portfolios are strongly encouraged but not required.

Arts Management Internship

Open For Fall 2019

Contact: Stacy Handler, Managing Director, stacy@urbanitydance.org

The intern will work closely with Urbanity's Managing Director, the most senior staff member on the business side of Urbanity, who oversees Development, Marketing, Finance, Operations, and HR. The intern will be connected to all areas of this close-knit organization comprised of individuals and artists who are passionate about Urbanity's mission. The internship will offer a wide-range of practical experience in the field of arts management and a considerable level of responsibility, all of which will be directly transferable to future employment in the field. The Managing Director will work with the intern to design an internship that is the best possible match between Urbanity’s needs and the intern’s skillset. 

Projects may include: 

  • Working on grant applications

  • Working on fundraising campaigns

  • Researching corporate sponsorship opportunities

  • Planning / execution of fundraising events

  • Supporting Marketing Manager 

  • Preparing budgets

  • HR projects

Amazing at: making plans and executing them, going on Google scavenger hunts, being an Internet sleuth, research, writing, spreadsheets

Who loves: working behind the scenes, problem-solving, working independently, making an impact, having a clearly defined project 

To apply: email resume and cover letter

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