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
Complimentary 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
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.
Fundraising/Grants: Development Internship
Open for Summer 2019
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
Summer Intensive Intern
Contact: Cayley Christoforou, Artistic Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects may include:
Manage inquiries from teaching artist, students, and families.
Contract management and other direct work with visiting guest teachers.
Event/Production development and management including scheduling spaces and operations of Summer Intensive.
Assist in planning weekend events and working with other staff members
Schedule and staffing all programs and studios during three-week event.
Other tasks and duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Organization and working quickly yet effectively. Working in a team environment. Multi-tasking. Written and oral communication. Building relationships and providing customer oriented service. Interacting with a wide range of patrons, professionals, and audience members.
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival Intern
Contact: Cayley Christoforou, Artistic Operations Manager, email@example.com
Projects may include:
Being in direct communication with guest companies and performers to help ensure positive experiences during their stay in Boston.
Manage inquiries from guest artists.
Event/Production development and management including scheduling spaces and operations of different theaters.
Schedule and staffing all programs and spaces.
Other tasks and duties as assigned
Qualifications: Amazing at organization and working quickly yet effectively. Working in a team environment. Multi-tasking. Writing and communication. Building personal relationships. Adaptable and flexible. Working in a fast-paced environment.
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